Stationary bikes have been a staple in fitness centers for years, but Sweat Hb puts a twist on the traditional workout. The studio's RealRyder bikes simulate an actual bike ride by allowing riders to steer and lean into imaginary turns and ring imaginary bike bells for a more intense regimen. The same goes for their Pilates circuit classes, where instructors lead you through a series of exercises that employ springboard and TRX machines. The gym also offers Pilates reformer classes and reformer jump sessions, which incorporate a jump board to add an element of cardio conditioning to your workout.
Flat-screen TVs and a high-quality stereo system are just frosting at The Workout, a boutique fitness studio. The main appeal: LifeStride treadmills, LifeFitness cross trainers, Tectrix steppers, and other brand-name cardio and weight-training equipment. Trainers focus on one-on-one sessions, but also lead group fitness classes including spinning, power yoga, and kickboxing and judo for kids.
At The Training Zone, Sean Canova and Trevor Duncan have combined two decades of experience in the health and fitness industry to create functional exercise programs that even NFL cheerleaders find challenging. Canova has a background in mixed martial arts and previously ran his own personal training business, and Duncan?who holds a degree in sports training and certifications through CrossFit and the American College of Sports Medicine?spent 13 years as a personal trainer and post-physical-therapy conditioning trainer, helping patients heal at an outpatient physical-therapy clinic.
They keep class sizes small to give students maximum attention and motivation. During Fixed Gear stationary cycling classes, which are held in a modernist space with corrugated metal paneling, nightclub-like music plays as instructors lead spinners through high-energy workouts. Fast-paced Train 60 classes incorporate body-weight exercises such as pull-ups and squats, as well as boxing and kicking maneuvers. The training center's bright green walls provide a cheerful backdrop as overhead fans steal away rising body heat and reveal which guests are using inflatable dumbbells.
Equipment: Cones, harnesses, resistance bands, jump ropes
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Bring a positive spirit and an open mind. You will sweat, have fun, and be challenged to your level.
Anyone who has ever been kicked out of a nightclub for trying to ride in on their bike didn?t really do anything wrong, they just went to the wrong place. The instructors at bike2thebeat are as versed in DJ'ing as they are in leading stationary-cycling classes, hosting their workouts within a mirrored studio that emanates a nightclub-style ambiance. Once students are comfortably situated atop their stationary velocipede of choice, they dim the can lights and raise the black lights to bring T-shirts, towels, and linen-clad ghosts to glowing fruition. Then they start spinning thumping tunes, swirling multicolored beams around the room and shouting out exercises and dance-like moves to create an intense, high-energy cycling routine. Routines vary according to each instructor's unique style, but they all deliver a calorie-burning cardiovascular workout. Guests have access to changing rooms, showers, and complimentary towels before and after every workout.
What started as friendship between Pilates instructors Shannon Barbadian and Laura Fox blossomed into a united fitness philosophy. Both believe in eschewing exercise fads in favor of tailoring tried-and-true methods to suit their clients' needs, and both found the healthful benefits of combining Pilates with cycling. It was with this in mind that they opened Defy Gravity. In their modern, airy studio, they marry cycling's cardio conditioning with Pilates's resistance, flexibility, and strength training, sculpting upper and lower bodies simultaneously with the muscle-carving power of Allegro 2 Pilates reformers, EXO chairs, and Schwinn AC performance bikes outfitted with resistance bands. To keep muscles from getting bored and wandering away from skeletons mid-workout, the instructors use constantly varied exercises that tighten cores and boost cardiovascular endurance.