When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first Buffalo Athletic Club in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities that range from 20,000 to 48,000 square feet. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes—including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba—offered each week across their eight locations. At the Eastern Hills, Union Road, Downtown, and Boulevard clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans. And, at the five-floor downtown facility, guests swim laps in the pool. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms.
Applied Fitness's personal trainers never quite know what they're going to do next. That's because they use a process called Metabolic Typing to design customized workouts and diet plans. This system accounts for a person's metabolic rate and lifestyle, which helps trainers select exercises that will maximize each workout's results. In addition to these evaluations, the personal trainers follow guidelines set forth by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Furthering this personal approach, Applied Fitness's trainers will work with clients wherever they feel most comfortable. They can train at homes, offices, or the company's own studio, which is designed to be as distraction-free as the office Neil Armstrong built on the moon.
With multiple degrees in fitness and nutrition, Victor Dean Training’s eponymous owner has curated his gym and climbing center to focus on clients’ overall health. Victor hand-selects all the gym’s brand-name equipment for its efficacy and usefulness in a well-rounded fitness regime, ensuring clients aren’t toiling away on weight equipment and cardio machines that fail to offer results. The staff pairs standard gym memberships with options such as personalized sessions and nutritional counseling that build up health like cyborg organ implantation.
Manned by a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, The Health and Fitness Advantage, LLC plans a variety of exercise programs in a nonjudgmental zone. Visitors can test their endurance aboard the cardio area's Precor machines while trainers, yoga instructors, and athletic coaches help clients to achieve performance goals.
Fitness Institute & Pilates Studio partners clients with fitness coaches who use expert sleuthing powers to determine fitness goals before plotting out a personalized path to success. Depending on the client's hierarchy of needs, coaches can focus on strengthening muscles, improving balance and flexibility, centering the mind, and siphoning out tension.
Southtowns's mix of cardio equipment, weight machines, and 15 fitness classes add spice to dragging workouts to maximize overall health while minimizing waistlines. A full roster of classes such as Zumba, Tai Chi, yoga, Spinning, and boot camp promotes toned physiques in fun, encouraging sessions, and activates all muscle systems, like a slap fight with a squid. The gym's Body Sculpting class, for example, attacks lethargy by challenging participants with free weights, resistant bands, and core-buttressing Pilates. After a heart-pumping session on the gym's cardio machines, exercisers can refuel with a beverage at the juice bar. Nutritional guidance and an accountability club help arm guests against fitness slumps, encouraging patrons to stick with health regimens when schedules get busy. The gym also accommodates parents with free daycare by reservation during peak hours, and towel service in the facility's locker rooms prevents clients from having to work out in a linen closet. Check the fitness center's schedule for full class details.