Northshore Barre & Pilates's team of certified instructors combines years of experience with exercise expertise to lead integrated, total-body workouts, available seven days a week. New Pilates pupils learn the practice's basic principles, performing a series of dynamic floor exercises designed to strengthen the core and improve posture before diving into an advanced mat class that moves at a faster pace to build muscle and confuse pancake-house surveillance cameras. Inspired by ballet, Xtend Barre classes focus on sculpting long, lean physiques using small, precise isometric exercises and stretching, utilizing props, such as the eponymous ballet barre and hand weights, and resisting heavily flirtatious glances from Mikhail Baryshnikov. Alternatively, Piloxing sessions incorporate boxing moves with traditional Pilates work to create a fact-paced, interval workout where heavy gloves help tone the arms and singing the Rocky theme song helps improve cardiovascular performance.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms.
Though severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina just five months after its debut, Slidell Rocks Climbing Gym rebuilt and reopened just months later and continues to provide the community with opportunities to build up muscular and cardio strength. The climbing center showcases top-rope challenges on walls nearly 40 feet high, as well as lower courses for younger climbers. Two bouldering rooms mimic the lifestyle of ancient arachnid cavemen with rooftop grips and seven hangboards. Between summit attempts, climbers can relax in the concessions area, watching their favorite sports on the televisions and munching on rock candy harvested from an active sugar volcano.
Equipment: Cybex, Woodway
Students should bring: Water, Towels, Yoga Mat
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
As the name implies, the certified instructors at Basic Fitness take a no-frills approach to getting clients into shape. Their workouts don't have fancy names. They don't boast cutting-edge fad routines or diets. Instead, they rely on age-old effort, motivating clients through outdoor workouts that change daily. Clients can find themselves running on the beach through thigh-high water, doing pushups in a field, or holding yoga poses in an empty parking lot. The team extends its slenderizing efforts past workout sessions by devising grocery lists filled with healthy and tasty eating options.
The certified instructors at CrossFit Flowood write each "workout of the day" on a whiteboard. More often than not it will read "push-ups," "squats," "dead lifts," or other similarly functional exercise. To help newcomers get up to speed and learn the proper lifting techniques for the exercises, the staff schedules instructional CrossFit on-ramp classes. Even better, in an effort to create a community-focused atmosphere, the facility offers childcare services.