Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga, martial arts, and weight loss–centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
Many fitness professionals spend years studying exercises but ignore how those movements impact the physical makeup of the body. The instructors at Fitness360 stand out from the crowd of exercise experts by each holding four-year degrees in physiology in addition to their training certifications. The team shares its copious knowledge as it leads individuals and small groups through private workout sessions. Instructors use nontraditional training gear such as heavy ropes, weight sleds, tractor tires, sledgehammers, and cartoon anvils to target each muscle group and keep things interesting for their clients. Each of routine is designed with fluid movements to encourage muscle definition all over the body while simultaneously increasing cardiovascular health. In addition to regular classes, the 360 team also hosts specialty workshops for distance runners.
While they take advantage of Fitness360's facilities, guests can also stop by the juice bar for a protein rich shake before heading home.
At Pole Play Dance Studio, students flip, twirl, and slide along poles as they learn the cardio-boosting and sensual art of pole dancing. A succession of classes cover topics ranging from stretch techniques and strength training to 1960s-style go-go dancing and incorporating hula hoops. The studio also hosts regular themed workshops and bachelorette parties, in which the bride and her friends learn to perform a group dance on multiple poles in case they're ever bored and stranded in a bamboo forest.
Certified instructors lead Terries Workout Center’s 45 weekly fitness classes to accommodate exercisers of all levels and bolster strength, endurance, and motivation. Like the nightly news or a news anchor chewing three pieces of taffy, most classes last one hour and incorporate cross-training tools such as boxing gloves, body bars, and stationary bikes. Students sculpt muscles with plyometric jumping exercises during Trampoline & Step classes and pummel calories into submission during Boxing Boot Camps that unfold in a full-size ring. In addition to helping participants cultivate long, stretchy limbs, Pilates-reformer sessions help fortify torsos to improve posture and balance. Fueled by rhythmic world music, Zumba workouts teem with easy-to-follow dance moves inspired by sultry Latin steps and even sultrier recordings of professors intoning first-declension Latin nouns.
Housed in a brand new facility, WNY Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness features a 20-foot MMA cage, two boxing rings, a separate weight-training area, and 2,000 square feet of mat space. WNY also offers a stocked-up pro shop and locker rooms complete with showers facilities.
Attending a Zumba class at Sow It Now Health and Fitness makes for not only a healthier individual, but also a healthier community. That's because owner, personal trainer, and Zumba instructor Joscelynn Baio promises a portion of the class proceeds to two local churches and People Inc., a nonprofit that offers aid to people with special needs. So while attendees sweat and sway to Latin beats, their dollars help community members and organizations thrive.