While sheltering students in a safe haven of relaxation, Sanctuary Yoga guides students through a range of yoga styles to foster strength and flexibility. The studio's team of savvy yogis schools stretchers throughout the week with classes designed for all levels of sun saluting. In a stifling, sweat-inducing room, hot yoga participants perform a series of strenuous standing poses, followed by a period focused on keeping the body aligned, the breath steady, and the mind on popsicles.
Inside his 1,100-square-foot studio, Yoga Bent's owner and registered yoga instructor, Miguel Latronica, guides his students through innovative classes that incorporate his patented Mighty Body Body Band stretching device. The Latronica Method is largely based on the principles of isolated active stretching, and it employs his inventive system of ropes and harnesses to support and stabilize students as they work though seven forms of flexibility- and strength-building exercises. The studio's more traditional classes enable students to borrow a mat and sink into the longer-held Yin yoga postures designed to loosen those particular connective tissues that, like the budgets of toddlers, are difficult to stretch.
Inside an open-floor gym stocked with treadmills, weights, and bikes, Body Empowered Fitness's personal trainers bolster clients' bods with custom workout regimes and specialized exercises. The gym's staff, including owner and NASM–certified corrective-exercise specialist Sylvia Knilans, constructs fitness plans that utilize Simultaneous Functional Training, a fusion of strength and stamina exercises, to slim figures and build muscle without radioactive spider bites. Trainers share their knowledge with up to four participants at various points throughout each workout and catalogue the day's progress for future exercise regimes.
Chad Surdich, a two-time Golden Glove semifinalist, surveys his red-walled boxing gym from behind the chainlink fence that circles the ring. Around him, boxing pupils wham their fists into focus mitts during small-group classes, or work up heart rates by hopping onto cardio machines. Chad and his expert instructors make use of North Shore Fit Pit’s bountiful array of weight machines and heavy ropes to lead boxing classes, cardio boxing classes, and hot boxing classes that amp up workouts with detoxifying heat and squirts of tabasco snuck into water bottles.
The Wellness Spot’s 6,000-square-foot facility houses comfortable massage rooms hedged with exposed brick, as well as spaces for personal training and boot camp. Clients hobbled by carrying their desks to and from work can stride into treatment rooms set up in feng shui style for a spine-soothing massage, while exercisers vanish into rigorous boot-camp sessions or one-on-one training with a nationally certified trainer.
At Air Fitness Training, certified trainers create customized workout regimens for clients in a clean fitness facility. The instructors lead clients through individual fitness programs, utilizing weight machines, free weights, treadmills, and exercise balls at a pace and intensity level that’s both comfortable and challenging for the client. To further edge clients towards health and strength, they also offer yoga and spinning classes.