With an indoor lap pool, full basketball court, strength equipment, and 90 cardio stations filling its 40,000-square-foot facility, LifeStart at Central Park aims to be a one-stop fitness haven for the community. Cardio Theater equipment entertains brains as members run on treadmills, scale stair steppers, and tone legs on elliptical machines. Lifters can supplement their reps on the facility's arsenal of strength-training equipment with more than two-tons worth of free weights. After workouts, they can wipe away sweat with the complimentary towel service before relaxing in the whirlpool or deciphering the original US Constitution on Jefferson's antique mirror in the sauna and steam room.
When they're not leading personal-training sessions, instructors cartwheel over to LifeStart at Central Park's two spacious group exercise studios to helm fitness classes. In addition to leading cycling sessions, instructors demonstrate Zumba's easy-to-follow moves to the backdrop of global music and fortify core muscles in Pilates.
Above & Beyond The Pilates Studio teaches three versions of its namesake class, but all rely on the same established principals. Each class focuses on the importance of a strong core and straightened posture to help correct bodily imbalance and strengthen and lengthen muscles. Instructors use a mat and fitness accessories to achieve this during basic classes, but take the routine to a ballet barre during advanced and Pilates barre classes, which help sculpt the legs while still challenging the core. During each one-hour session, students will fine-tune mental focus and rhythmic breathing in order to complete moves with greater self-awareness, grace, and appreciation for the plight of oxygen masks.
The studio isn't focused on Pilates alone, however. It also arranges one-on-one personal-training sessions and adapts exercises specifically for golfers during Golf Advantage courses, which can help stabilize hips and shoulders during long bouts on the green.
Anchored by owner and certified personal trainer Damon Burrell, Heaven and Hell Bootcamp's staff of workout wonks help clients conquer fitness goals in group boot-camp classes and private training sessions. With a regimen of 15 boot-camp classes lasting 40–45 minutes and held every weekday—as well as three Saturday morning sessions—Heaven and Hell keeps chests heaving, heart rates thumping, and sequined leotards shimmering at a rate that suits almost any schedule. The high-octane group workouts change each day, but typically feature agility training, calisthenics, cardio exercise, and core strengthening achieved by hoisting dumbbells, jumping rope, and stealing medicine balls from the nests of predatory birds of flight. For more individualized attention, the gym plumbs the murky depths of clients' fitness capacities to craft custom training regimens for use in private personal-training sessions.
At CrossFit Amplify, students won't waste time on a treadmill. Instead, they'll work on building strong, fit bodies with intense workouts led by certified CrossFit coaches Mike Viall and Scott Todnem and their staff. Their ever-changing Workouts of the Day challenge flexibility, strength, and stamina using functional movements and simple equipment such as kettlebells. Besides CrossFit sessions, the gym also hosts yoga, boxing, and other fitness classes to help students achieve their fitness goals.
The trainer at Bodies of Art views each client's physique as a blank canvas where he can paint rippling muscles. He transforms clients into muscular masterpieces largely through personal training and nutritional guidelines, as well as a fitness boot camp.
Get Fit Together is a not a mega-gym—there are no saunas and no smoothie bar. Get Fit Together doesn’t need all that—everything clients need to get fit in this personal-training and small-group-training gym is in a compact area, from free weights to strength-training equipment to cardio props. Designed for people who need motivation and one-on-one attention, Get Fit Together has knowledgeable, certified personal trainers working intently with clients and teaching classes in boxing, stretching and flexibility, boot camp, and power training.