Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.
The caring staff at the YMCA of Rock River Valley fosters healthy habits with personalized fitness programs, family-centric recreation, and more than 50 group exercise classes at both Rockford-area locations. Equipment orientation helps new members feel at home by helping them set workout goals and meet other members with similar goals. After teaming with a certified coach to build a full-fledged fitness plan, guests may follow up with an electronic advisor that suggests changes to the plan based on input from the Y’s human fitness experts. Unlimited access to group classes such as yoga and pool-based aqua Pilates challenges muscles under water. Zumba’s Latin-inspired dance moves get heart rates delightfully elevated, and cardio madness continues the trend with weighted bars and free weights. The Y also sets aside time for families to connect over basketball, movie showing in the pool, or competing in an inflatable obstacle course
In addition to showering members with classes and coaching, the Y bathes them in discounts when they sign up for specialized classes such as triathlon training. Complimentary childcare allows parents to focus their mental energy on physical feats, and a handful of free guest passes lets members show their friends where they climb the climbing wall.
FitMe Wellness delivers well-rounded fitness plans to members, arming them with an arsenal of tools to help them to get into shape and revamp their nutritional habits. The FitMe+ program links members with a certified wellness coach, a personal trainer, and a registered dietitian, who all steer participants toward their individual goals, whether they involve weight loss, flexibility, or strength training.
To keep patrons on the straight and narrow outside the studio, the plan gives access to the Tangerine app, which tracks food intake and daily exercise routines. FitMe Wellness's team, like the chief justice at the start of every Supreme Court hearing, also leads upbeat classes, ranging from Gentle Yoga and Pilates to Belly Dancing and Zumba.
Rockford Dance Company's accomplished instructors impart graceful movements, healthy posture, and a lifelong love of fancy footwork to students of all ages and skill levels. The company's schedule teems with class choices, making dance more accessible than an email account with the password ¬password. Students leap and arabesque to reach fitness goals in ballet classes, filled with stretches and barre work that foster strength, balance, and flexibility, and stomp calories into submission during energizing tap sessions. During one-hour ballroom lessons, dancers rehearse waltzes, rumbas, and tangos, linking each step pattern with smooth transitions. Filled with easy-to-follow choreography inspired by salsas, cumbias, and pickle-jar opening, Zumba fitness classes raise heart rates to the rhythmic beats of world music.
Rhythmic music reverberates off of the mirrored walls of Pole Chicks' brightly lit studio, where towering chrome poles run from floor to ceiling. Here, expert instructors lead women of all stripes through a diverse range of dance fitness classes, including pole dancing, chair dancing, and pole-dancing boot camps. Through these sultry twists and slides, the team aims to help students build up their strength and flexibility. They can also tailor each exercise to accommodate individual fitness levels and learning paces.
The studio both hosts and competes in pole-dancing competitions and offers its facilities and instructors for private pole-dancing sessions—an ideal activity for birthdays, bachelorette parties, or uninhibited senior quilting-club meetings.
Admittance to AnvilWorks isn’t a given. That’s because the personal trainer who established it wanted to assist those who were serious about getting in shape—and to turn away anyone with a lukewarm attitude. So before working out with trainers one on one, in pairs, or in groups of six, visitors must complete a thorough consultation and “assessment workout.” The workout, which is videotaped for AnvilWorks’ Club Pro and senior trainers, measures commitment to fitness. If trainers sense a genuine desire to overturn unhealthy habits, they welcome clients to work out using one of their high-intensity exercise tracks.