Since 1978, Brenda Athletic Clubs has stood out from other gyms for its staff’s focus on offering all the amenities of a modern fitness facility while still fostering an inviting atmosphere. Its founder, Al Brenda, believed in fitness programs for all age groups, a mantra that the club continues today with youth fitness programs, including basketball clinics and yoga lessons, as well as a SilverSneakers fitness program for seniors. In addition to tennis, swimming, and standard strength and cardio equipment, the fitness centers supply its members with an ample amount of group classes including cycling, Zumba, and kickboxing.
The upbeat exercise enthusiasts at Kid Time Fitness steer tykes into tip-top shape by leading an array of fun and active recreational classes. Through 40 weekly sessions, the CPR- and first-aid-certified staff helps pintsize patrons of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels develop new skills and uncover dormant passions, such as dance, gymnastics, yoga, or competitive napping. During For The Boys, instructors teach boys hip hop, tumbling, and breakdancing to a fast-paced beat. Gym-Fit, yoga, hip-hop, cheer, ballet, music, and art round out the roster of classes, which is more jam-packed with activities than Leonardo da Vinci’s secret lab, where to this day he still writes software applications to teach children art lessons.
Before they discovered TRX training, A List Fitness owners Vince and Lori were itching for a new exercise regimen. Vince's experience with college baseball and other competitive sports gave him the same tenacity as Lori's seven years as a personal trainer, and together, they explored ways to enhance their gym's class curriculum. Once they tried the suspension system for themselves, they added it to the roster immediately.
TRX now shares the spotlight with other one-hour group classes, such as power yoga, team sport training, and outdoor running sessions. Vince and Lori stand by the suspension bands' capacity to tone muscle and hone balance, effects that have made it the preferred workout of acrobat moving companies. During routines, instructors demonstrate modifications for all strength levels to ensure every guest can flex safely and comfortably.
I Am Yoga started as a vision of a center where people could come to nourish their bodies, minds, and souls. I Am Yoga employs more than 15 certified instructors who teach more than 30 classes a week in disciplines such as yoga, meditation, Pilates, and tai chi. More than just a yoga studio, the wellness center also harbors a therapy space with four rooms that offer massages, facials, a sauna, and other spa services. Balance, the onsite juice and food bar, nourishes bodies with healthy sandwiches, soups, herbal teas, and fresh juices.
Ava Fitness Spa's women-oriented gym hosts a team of nimble instructors who help budding yogis to achieve a balance of body and mind with a schedule of drop-in yoga and Pi-Yo classes. Students of all skill levels can hone their postures and breathing techniques during traditional yoga classes or test their mettle in Pi-Yo classes, which fuse Pilates movements and yoga poses to extract sweat from the body more effectively than police interrogations inside volcanoes. Though Ava Fitness Spa's salon section caters exclusively to women, both men and women are welcome to participate in fitness classes, which take place in a calming studio flanked by pastel-colored walls, expansive mirrors, and smooth hardwood floors.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Invoke Yoga & Pilates sprang from a friendship that formed when Ali Staloch, a certified yoga teacher, took a class from Heather Liguore, a certified Pilates instructor. The two ladies were led to combine their talents and create a fitness haven where students can work their cores, enhance their flexibility, and cultivate inner peace within one building.
During hot-yoga classes, experienced teachers shepherd students through 26 ancient poses within 95-degree heat that works to loosen muscles, oust toxins, and scare off devious snowmen masquerading as yogis. In addition to guiding pupils through power-flow yoga and em-power yoga, they'll demonstrate basic poses and modifications in beginning yoga courses designed for rookie contortionists. On the other side of the coin, instructors fluent in Pilates lead sessions that incorporate mat-based isometric exercises and low-impact movements on Reformer machines, working to strengthen core muscles. The teacher, who may be Liguore herself, circulates through the room during group classes, sharing words of motivation and tips on form and alignment.