When clients walk into CrossFit Peekskill, they're not inundated with the rows of elliptical machines and treadmills common in typical gyms. This warehouse-influenced gym houses wall-to-wall Olympic weights, gymnastics rings, and rowing machines. During workouts steeped in functional fitness, clients climb ropes and flip giant tires. Coaches are on-hand to ensure clients are practicing the correct form during each exercise, which include swinging kettlebells and lifting medicine balls. To help workouts fit into everyone's schedule, CrossFit classes are offered every Monday?Saturday, and open gym hours are scheduled seven days a week.
Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to go to the gym?especially when you're comfy on the couch and there's a good movie on TV. Enter Retro Fitness's Cardio Movie Theater, which screens movies from the last few decades in a room equipped with tons of cardio machines. If movies aren't your thing, other areas of the gyms have treadmills with DirecTV and iPod capabilities, stationary bikes with internet connections, and free weights you can pretend are microphones and sing into.
These high-tech touches have helped Retro Fitness become a national phenomenon, with more than 100 locations across the country and an appearance on?Undercover Boss. In addition to countless machines, the gyms boast personal trainers, cross training, and a schedule of group classes. Before working out, members can hit the pro shop for Under Armour gear, workout gloves, and other accessories; afterward, they can replenish their bodies with protein-infused smoothies from the Retro Blends smoothie bar.
Snap Fitness of Mahwah’s spacious fitness center furnishes members with 24-hour access to state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment as well as onsite tanning and an online fitness program. Clients can arrive day or night to tour the gym’s myriad machines and beseech fitness experts for health tips during staffed hours throughout the week. Members have access to the Truestar Health Nutritional Portal, which helps clients infuse healthy habits into everyday life by offering advice 24/7 on key areas such as nutrition, sleep patterns, and growing backyard vegetable gardens in zen-like configurations. Tanning highlights newly protruding muscles with a sun-kissed glow.
In CrossFit Somers?s 2,000-square-foot facility, enthusiastic trainers push people through a constantly rotating regimen of
exercises designed to turn them into well-balanced all-around fitness machines. Working through a roster of 10 core goals, including increased flexibility, speed, and cardio endurance, students carry out a variety of tasks such as the clean and jerk?lifting a barbell over their head in three moves?or the jerk, where they shout at the barbell that it will never find love. They also throw medicine balls up against the wall, pull against resistance on the TRX ropes, and jump atop plyometric boxes from a standstill.
Combining these functional movements and exercises with a diet of vegetables and lean meats helps exercisers lose weight and sculpt whole physiques. Instructors also customize the program, hosting sessions for kids as well as scholastic athletes looking to enhance their skills.
Spa 23 Fitness and Lifestyle welcomes guests with a lobby caf? and juice bar where they can fuel up and debate their workout options. Some will decide to step out into multi-leveled workout rooms to exercise with weight- and core-training machines, free weights, cardio equipment, and stationary bikes. Others will run around the winding indoor running track or compete on one of two racquetball courts. Aquatic exercise takes place in a 25-yard Olympic-style swimming pool, which is also the best place to practice one?s Marco Polo skills. Alternatively, visitors can retreat to multiple studios, where instructors lead classes in hot yoga and Pilates or step inside private rooms, where therapists ease tension with massages, mud packs, aromatherapy, and Pure Spa wraps.
The house rules are CrossFit Momentum are simple: hustle, get after it, and be sure to clean up any chalk or sweat after each workout. Trainers preach a dynamic approach to fitness rooted in high-intensity, functional movements. Each 40-minute workout might include a mixed bag of plyometrics, handstands, dead lifts, clean and jerk, and a couple kettlebell swings for good measure.