Zumba Fitness' Jennifer El-Abbadi isn't just a Zumba exercise instructor; she's also one of the sport's greatest success stories. A mother of three, she's lost 90 pounds since first incorporating the workouts into her weekly routine in 2008. Inspired by this success, she became certified by the Zumba Instructor Network a year later, and has since launched several fitness-focused charity events, including a Zumbathon for breast-cancer awareness. Suitable for participants aged 13 and older, her standard Zumba sessions feature easy-to-follow moves inspired by Latin dances such as the salsa and merengue, creating high-octane workouts that torch calories and melt stress faster than a jacuzzi filled with chamomile tea.
The staff at Omni Health and Fitness Center works to make the gym a one-stop shop for its members' fitness needs. The club's impressive inventory aids in this pursuit, with more than 75 cardio machines, tens of thousands of pounds of free weights, and strength-training equipment from Life Fitness. Parents can drop their youngsters off at the kids' zone or children's nursery before pumping iron or grabbing a spot in the cardio cinema room, which, like Jack LaLanne’s living room, allows people to work out while enjoying a movie in surround sound. The gym's trainers, meanwhile, lead one-on-one workouts as well as group fitness classes such as Pilates and Body Pump. After exercising, members can refuel at the juice bar.
Body in Balance Studio’s neutral tones engender peace and clarity, and it is in that atmosphere that owner Pamela Smith and a staff of licensed therapists work to extricate stress from muscles. After consulting with clients, therapists personalize massage sessions with techniques such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone. They can add aromatherapy to promote relaxation the way the smell of hot coffee makes it easier to wake up and the scent of gasoline makes it easier to know something's wrong with the wedding. The team also renders spa treatments—such as facials and waxing—to groom exteriors, and they host occasional yoga classes in a sage-green room.
Club Fitness’s 50,000-square-foot facility fills with the low rumble of more than 75 cardio machines and the clanging of tens of thousands of pounds of free weights and strength-training equipment from Hammer Strength and Life Fitness. Youngsters scamper through the KidZone or children's nursery while their parents pump iron or grab a spot in the cardio-cinema room, an area that allows people to work out while enjoying a movie in surround sound. The gym’s trainers lead one-on-one sessions as well as group fitness classes. The soft squeak of feet against floors drifts from yoga sessions, and popular Les Mills classes include BodyPump, which combines high-energy music and repetitive moves like somebody repeatedly pushing the wrong way on a dance-club door. The purr of blenders drifts from the smoothie bar, where patrons refuel and chat after workouts.
Crossfit Crib invites kids, senior citizens, and everyone in between to put the gym's rowing machines, barbells, and plyo boxes to fitness-building work. The facility's coaches constantly draw up new Workouts of the Day and encourage their students to tackle each one with gusto. With each visit, exercisers find a newly devised routine that might include powerlifting, plyometric exercises, or gymnastic stretches, all designed to build fitness that will serve them even when they're merely playing with children or accepting brick deliveries from the postman. Since every exercise is scalable, the workout is perfect for anyone with the desire and commitment to whip themselves into shape.