At Redemption Kettlebell Gym, Eric Chasko channels his inner third-base coach and tells students to swing away. His full-body kettlebell workouts improve conditioning and flexibility, and help build lean, muscle mass. Aside from kettlebell swings, each ever-changing workout might also include work done with barbells, heavy ropes, and climbing ropes, and all moves can be totally customized to suit all fitness levels.
Whether training for a tournament or learning the rules for the first time, tennis players have plenty to love about the Pennsbury Racquet Club. Nine indoor courts, each newly resurfaced and illuminated with extra-bright, eco-friendly lighting, invite players to test their skills against each other, a ball machine, or the disapproving sports announcer in their head. To take players' games to the next level, USPTA- and PTR-certified coaches, some with more than 25 years of experience, offer private and semi-private lessons. There's also an on-site racket repair center, where players can get their equipment restrung and customized by a professional tech who's worked for Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova. Pennsbury Racquet Club also offers fitness classes such as Zumba, Piloxing, Pilates, and more.
The instructors at Northeast Academy of Martial Arts reveal the keys to self-improvement by way of karate and mixed-martial-arts programs, as well as through a variety of fitness classes. Karate lessons are divided by age and ability level, challenging kids, adults, and cowardly lions with total-body workouts designed to build both mental and physical toughness. The academy's MMA training blends elements of Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai kickboxing, and other disciplines into one well-oiled program. Drop-in fitness classes, meanwhile, such as aerobic kickboxing and cardio training, provide change-of-pace workouts on a weekly basis.
CrossFit Jolt’s athletes stay positively charged thanks to workouts drawn up from CrossFit’s philosophy of constantly varied functional movements. Each Workout of the Day (WOD) is different and pulls moves from a cache of exercises that includes rowing, cardio, strength training, weightlifting, and gymnastics. It’s rare to find kettlebells and medicine balls laying around CrossFit Jolt, because the athletes are regularly wielding these objects as they hurl them through the air or use them to add an extra degree of difficulty to squats, presses, and lunges. Other times, CrossFit disciples might be performing body-weight exercises such as chin-ups and pushups.
An athlete his whole life, Jay Jairdullo’s done everything from high-school wrestling and college football to mud runs and long-distance charity bike rides. That wide range of experience, plus a degree in exercise science, made CrossFit a perfect fit for him. It’s a system that borrows techniques and exercises from the entire fitness world in order to develop the speed, agility, and power necessary to engage in every kind of physical activity. As a certified CrossFit trainer, he leads intense daily workouts that feature a variety of equipment, such as kettlebells and plyometric boxes, as well as functional movements, including pushing and lifting. He can also personalize routines to each participant’s fitness level and starts all beginners out with a foundations course.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.