People mainly emulate bats when they dress up for Halloween, but students at Anahata Yoga Center imitate the flying mammals year-round. During the center's Bat aerial yoga classes, yogis hang upside down from seven hammocks, decompressing their spines and tapping into hard-to-access core strength as warm temperatures allow for maximum flexibility. Basic Bat aerial yoga classes are suitable for beginners, while intermediate and advanced Bat aerial yoga sessions see experienced students spending more time suspended in their hammocks and less time hibernating.
Built from recycled materials and sustainable cork flooring, the eco-friendly studio complements its aerial yoga courses with more traditional sessions. Slow Vinyasa-flow instruction builds strength with long holds, while Ashtanga flow centers on syncing postures with breathing in a room warmed to 85 degrees. The center also hosts family yoga sessions for both parents and kids, perfect for clans looking to bond through exercise.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga, martial arts, and weight-loss-centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
Throughout the 11 courts lined up inside and outside of Court Yard Sportsplex, tennis balls thwack against rackets swung by players in private lessons, instructional clinics, and competitive interclub matches. Elsewhere, cardio and weightlifting machines whir with the effort of exercisers, and the squeak of tennis shoes echoes upon basketball and racquetball courts. In the heated outdoor pool—open Memorial Day through Labor Day—younger kids splash in the 3- to 5-foot waters during beginners' swim lessons, while older kids sluice through the water with instruction on a variety of strokes. Music emanates from classrooms, where a Joffrey Ballet–trained instructor orchestrates youth ballet classes and adults embrace personalized instruction with ballroom-dancing lessons. After any activity, members can soothe exerted muscles with the onsite massage therapist, who calms muscles with one of nine modalities and essential oils infused with lullabies.
All of Adrenaline's trainers are CSCSs (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists), certified from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. During the program, athletes will learn the correct mechanics of movements, from skips to hops to pulls, all for the purpose of ensuring safety and maximizing exercise efficacy. Videos on Adrenaline's website give students a preview of what to expect. The two sessions must be redeemed in a two-calendar-week period; no appointment is necessary.
Pedals spin furiously at Gunz Fitness as Mad Dogg–certified instructors lead variations on spinning routines. They incorporate weightlifting and yoga into cycling classes that can accelerate metabolism, build lean muscle, and strengthen lungs so much that they can breathe normally when submerged in pudding. With personalized tips for every guest, the teachers ensure that everyone moves at a comfortable pace.
During your two-month membership ($80, plus the $35 key-card charge to access the building) at Anytime Fitness, you can re-bloom your wilted health with the state-of-the-art facility's diverse range of cardio and strength equipment. Exploit muscles for non-financial gain with free weights, tone legs on the treadmills, undergo a demanding tour de fitness-center via exercise bikes, or just catch up on reruns of Homeboys from Outer Space with the gym's HDTV monitors. If the flawed workout plan you concocted yourself results only in frighteningly muscular ring fingers, one of Anytime's motivating personal trainers can prescribe a regimen designed to help you meet your fitness goals during a personal-training session ($55). For an even swifter kick in the shants, drop in for one class of boot camp (your first class is free)—an intense combination of cardio, resistance, stretching, and a range of challenging movements and exercises. When you've finished sculpting your flesh-statue, purify yourself of sweat and fried-cheese memories in Anytime's private restrooms and showers.