From Pilates, yoga, and cycling classes to facials, body wraps, and massages, Changes in Motion’s repertoire of life-affirming services helps clients achieve health and beauty from the inside out. Students can enroll in small-group classes or one-on-one sessions with one of three licensed Pilates instructors—former dancer Effie, Power Pilates expert Emmy, or Pilates veteran Wendy. The trio rounds up Reformer machines, springboards, and a TRX suspension system to help novices and seasoned students alike strengthen and tone their cores. The studio also boasts a full class schedule packed with non-Pilates sessions, such as spinning, cross training, and yoga.
After clients work up a sweat, they can head to the spa for a 60-minute cooldown session with a licensed massage therapist, who customizes deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai stretch techniques to individual concerns. Across the hall, licensed aestheticians use Éminence, B&G, and WoodSprite organic skincare products during facials and body wraps, hydrating skin and restoring a look of youth. Meanwhile, two noninvasive systems—the TriActive laser and electrical-stimulation machine—blend technologies to boost circulation, smooth cellulite, and tighten skin without the hassle of squeezing into a straitjacket made entirely of band-aids.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core hardeners alike. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning caloric evidence with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Pulse Fitness Center is owned and operated under the direction of board-certified physicians who know that nutrition is as critical for good health as knowledgeable staff and the latest equipment technology. A team of personal trainers—which includes a former professional football player and a former physical readiness instructor for the U.S. Army—guides fitness seekers toward their personal goals. The team counsels students on dietary habits and points them to machines with the Smart Key digital memory system, which, like a robot butler who has been around since childhood, remembers guests' personal preferences and physical activities. The center's TechnoGym equipment entertains patrons with personal TVs at each station, and an overhead sound system keeps the 10,000-square-foot space pumping with free weights and FreeMotion equipment.
Guests can drop kids off for childcare before classes ranging from TRX suspension training to Zumba sessions with dance moves set to Latin-inspired music. Licensed professionals at the medically directed center provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy at the in-house Harland Rehabilitation Clinic.
In 2011, four University of Florida graduates came upon a revolutionary idea for physical fitness: a mobile app. As such, PeerFit integrates Twitter, Facebook, and most other cybernetic interfaces to give its clients the ability to send themselves workout reminders via text, schedule gym sessions, and search for exercise classes by location. The social aspect of the program also lets fitness enthusiasts peruse class and instructor reviews—and write their own. This digital network keeps clients abreast of the goings on at their local gym, and can make them one of the first to know when a new gym starts offering their favorite class.
Equipment: Precor, Cybex, Life Fitness
Students should bring: Just bring yourself. We have towels, water, and lockers.
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep our members motivated by constantly coaching and encouraging them.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
No, pain is not always to answer to reaching your goal. Consistency gets better results with fewer injuries.
Brick City Health & Fitness combines exercise with pampering. Personal trainers supervise clients as they pull weighted cables, curl free weights, and work out on machines. For those interested in group training, multiple fitness studios host Zumba, Pilates, and functional fitness classes. But post-workout, the pampering begins. A heated whirlpool and a red-cedar dry sauna help clients relax, and an onsite full-service salon with facials and massages furthers the spa-like experience.