Blaine Eastcott's love of the outdoors is rooted in fond childhood memories of family camping trips. On one such trip, Blaine's teenage self impulsively climbed a 100-foot rock only to soon find himself struck by panic high up on the rock face. He was paralyzed by fear, until a surge of adrenaline gave him the courage needed to scramble the final 10 feet up. This ordeal spurred him to take rock-climbing classes—and eventually led to his current position as the president of Rockreation. His three adrenaline-inducing arenas challenge climbers of all skill levels with more than 28,500 total square feet of climbing terrain, composed of jagged cliffs, bouldering nooks, and craggy archways. The faux-mountain range mimics the conditions of real rocks with indentions, overhangs, and eagle's nests.
The gyms devote one-third of their space to a bouldering area, which blends into a top-rope course fraught with varying angles, and a large lead area with an overhanging arch. Across these angles, passionate instructors with extensive outdoors experience—and a background in conversational mountain goat—guide students through the Fight Gravity program. The three-class series focuses on belaying basics, and progresses through technique instruction and bouldering. They also lead seasonal kids' camps where tiny humans can explore the routes, or plunge on a big swing and zipline. The gyms also have a separate area with machines, traditional weights, and cardio equipment for members who want to not only climb rocks, but also lift heavy ones above their heads.
Few professionals can credit Flashdance with rerouting the course of their career. In fact, Richard Giorla could be the only one. The unconventional dance moves he saw in the film motivated the former Pennsylvania Ballet Company member to hit the streets of his new home, Manhattan, and learn breakdancing from dancers at the heart of the movement, trading his own dance expertise as payment. Richard’s career was in full swing when, struck with an injury, he started teaching a ballet-barre class. Though he appreciated its stretching and toning components, Richard craved a more aerobic workout. So he created his own solution—Cardio Barre.
The unique workout consists of high-energy, zero-impact movements that sculpt the long, slender body of a dancer without a student ever having to step foot in a traditional dance studio. As they balance on the ballet barre, or whichever classmate is closest, pupils direct all their focus to one muscle group at a time, while the entire body stays in motion for maximum fat burning. His approach’s pudge-busting abilities have made the fitness method a favorite of many health magazines and celebrities.
Like a finely tuned motorcycle, the human body relies on balance and cooperation between its many parts to keep people moving smoothly. With that in mind, the experienced trainers at BodyWellness help students maintain their own bodily mechanics with small group Pilates classes. In addition to the seasoned staff, the studio offers a newly revamped class schedule and a host of brand new Pilates equipment.
In private sessions and group classes, the instructors lead students through workouts designed to increase energy, flexibility, and core strength. They also offer Pilates teacher-training courses, which allow students to stretch, strengthen, and stimulate their bodies and minds while simultaneously working toward a new career.
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The pounding of feet reverberates through the cavernous gym as a group of boot campers push themselves through cardio and strength-training drills, defeating excess calories while dripping sweat. Passionate certified trainers can be found in the fray, helping campers with personalized adjustments and words of encouragement, motivating the group to finish the high-intensity routines. Each week, the trainers change up the boot-camp regimens, preventing bodies from getting accustomed to the movements and brains from getting bored and defecting to develop plans of world domination. The routines incorporate various strength-training and cardio exercises to boost metabolisms and satisfaction levels when flexing in front of the mirror. The trainers also lead bodies in yoga to increase their strength and flexibility, and Pilates to strengthen cores and improve balance.
Dedicated to maintaining relationships with their guests, the trainers at All About You! take attendance and contact each no-show to offer doses of encouragement and to keep them accountable to their fitness goals. Co-owner and nutritionist Narina Minassian also provides guests with nutrition plans, offering tips and healthy recipes to help them adopt a lifestyle of total wellness.
Leigh Ann grew up as an actor who was also an athlete: when she was offstage, the SoCal native dove off springboards, jumped hurdles, and fought on the kickboxing mat. Her knack for blending art with athleticism led her to found BeSpun at the age of 25. Leigh Ann competes and receives top honors at national and regional pole-dance competitions, and she has produced and starred in a series of instructional DVDs.
At BeSpun, Leigh Ann and her fellow instructors—also pole-dance champions—teach an extensive array of classes that include single-session and multiweek workshops. Classes’ subject matter ranges from beginners' lessons to master workshops led by special guests. There’s also open-studio time, as well as classes that focus on specialties such as spinning, stretching, and whittling your own pole from a chrome tree trunk. Instructors focus on leading thorough sessions that use time efficiently, and they’re committed to blending fitness with dance training. A lighthearted FAQ page answers potential questions while giving a taste of the studio’s fun-loving atmosphere.
For most, the season finale of American Idol is little more than a bump in excitement on an otherwise ordinary Wednesday evening. However, for Marco Reed, the end of the singing competition is only the beginning of his job—it’s the renowned trainer’s cue to ready the winning singer for tour with his expert workout and nutrition routines, some of which have been featured in Self, Fitness, and omg! from Yahoo!.
At his studio, Get Beyond Fit, Marco helps both his celebrity and noncelebrity clients reach their fitness and weight-loss goals with one-on-one and group training sessions. He motivates exercisers through circuit-style cardio and resistance exercises, dance, and kickboxing, and guides them to better eating with his book The 3+1 Diet, which not only outlines eight weeks of healthy eating, but also smells like cardiovascular strength. Basing his regime on “four pillars of health”—movement, thought, connection, and stillness—Marco stresses the importance of regular meditation and a healthy support system.