Hockessin Athletic Club is an innovative facility sprawled across 12 acres that border an accessible state park. Members can enjoy access to more than 100 group fitness classes weekly (yoga, zumba, aqua fitness, kickboxing, and more), 90 pieces of cardio equipment complete with personal viewing screens, a five-pool aquatic complex, plus steam rooms, saunas, and facilities for basketball and soccer. To recoup after any sweaty session, members can soothe muscles over with professional massage services (for an additional cost) or snacks at the full-service café. For complete info, view the schedules for all activities online.
Before Jenn and Gary Keil opened Beautiful Mind Strong Body Center, the two worked at a pharmaceutical company. Jenn, a yoga, meditation, and qi gong guru, tended to the employees' health, while Gary, a pharmacist with a PhD in neuropharmacology, applied his expertise to prescription medication and how to best serve his patients. After more than a decade of coordinating activities, the duo decided to find another outlet for their Western and alternative medicine passions. The result was Beautiful Mind Strong Body Center, a facility whose services include everything from hot and vinyasa yoga to therapeutic pain management. To strengthen their guests' mind, the Keils also offer certified positive psychology counseling sessions.
When Bryan graduated from college, he was acutely aware of the weight he had put on and the general softness of his body. When he decided to get rid of it, he turned to CrossFit. The program gave him more than he bargained for, transforming him not just into his old, fit self, but into an actual athlete, unlike Bo Jackson. He rode the ensuing wave of inspiration to six different CrossFit certifications—such as weightlifting and gymnastics—acquired all over the country. He then opened his own associate training branch, Longwood CrossFit. Now, using the ever-varying regimen that transformed his own life, he helps students aged 12 to 66 with everything from improving sports performance to shedding stubborn pounds that fear being converted to euros.
CrossFit Riverfront West feels a bit like a city for athletes. Within the facility, classes of all types take place simultaneously. Guests choose from traditional, intense CrossFit classes, or the CrossFit–inspired RivFit interval training classes. Students can stretch out their hard working muscles during yoga classes.
Since 2006, the staff at Fusion Fitness Center has fostered a welcoming space for their members to come and find fitness, challenging and encouraging them along the way. Rows of elite Precor cardio machines fill the floor of the main room, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, and bikes. Tucked around the corner in the group fitness room, trainers challenge members with 50-minute team training classes, where exercisers toss medicine balls, swing kettlebells and heavy ropes, and stretch TRX suspension bands until they cry uncle. The trainers limit classes to ten people so they can dole out ample individual attention.
The staff also helps members hone in on individual fitness goals, such as losing weight or running a marathon, during personal-training sessions. To fuel sweat sessions, staffers mix up smoothies filled with nourishing ingredients to help bodies recover or add resistance to tongue-curls.