"No boys allowed," proclaims The Underground's website. If that makes it sound more like a playhouse than a gym, that's not an accident. Inside, you won't find any rows of treadmills or the latest elliptical machines. Instead, lights fit for a dance club shine as catchy music plays through an advanced sound system. In this festive space, women of all fitness levels support each other as they throw themselves into a wide range of classes, from the Latin dance–inspired cardio workouts of Zumba to the intense cross-training regimen of P90X. In other parts of the studio, they sculpt muscles via Booty Barre classes, learn to swing from aerial equipment, and work their way up dance poles in hopes of finding the hunky fire fighters at the top.
Training mats sweep across 4,000 square feet of the Energy Sport Complex studio, setting the stage for martial arts fitness classes throughout the week. Expert instructors tote professional punching bags to these training mats, where they guide youth and adults alike through the punches, jabs, and kicks of jiujitsu, muay thai, and boxing-infused fitness boot camps. This scene is filled out by the professional-grade workout machines upon which clients train and the sparring that takes place during open-boxing sessions. During these sessions, clients can hone skills while competing for the shotgun seat on the car ride home. After navigating the various workouts that occur in this martial arts haven, guests can spruce up in a full-service changing room, complete with private showers and lockers.
Yoga Seva Studio's certified instructors guide patrons of all fitness and skill levels through the fundamentals of Hatha-style yoga in a schedule of small-group classes. During beginning yoga sessions, expert benders demonstrate basic poses and strengthen deep-breathing skills until students can blow down a house of straw. Tweaks to traditional postures simplify slower-paced gentle yoga classes, and special-needs classes allow pupils to work at their own pace as long as they can climb from chair to floor without assistance. Yoga for fitness cultivates the growing skills of active learners who have experience and usurped meditation pillows beneath their belt, intertwining movement and breath through sun salutations, balanced poses, and a sprinkling of intermediate poses.
No body is exactly alike. So when personal trainer Steve Mehaffey—who bears a BA in exercise science alongside numerous fitness certifications—meets with clients, he doesn’t prescribe the same programs for every person. Instead, he tailors his sessions to include whether clients want to tone up, lose inches, or build muscle faster than the Hulk in line at the DMV. Additionally, he can work around hindrances such as age and medical conditions to help clients get their health where the want it to be.
Exercisers seek out stronger muscles and leaner forms in National Fitness & Tan's state-of-the-art health-club facility with encouragement from a staff of weigh- loss and workout professionals. Rows of advanced fitness equipment fill the 8,000-square-foot health club instead of bulky, human-sized hamster balls or stationary penny-farthings. Pump up with strength-training machines, cable machines, and free weights, or get your heart racing on a treadmill, treadclimber, or elliptical machine, all of which are equipped with televisions to keep brains entertained while bodies get fit. During four sessions with a personal trainer, novices develop a balanced fitness program through conditioning routines and overcome fitness plateaus. They can continue calorie mastery at home after a one-on-one appointment with author and weight-loss expert Trista Rodéo. Trista will analyze clients' eating habits, create meal plans based on their nutritional needs, and explain which foods are best for the body and which are waxen centerpieces. After the consultation, four weekly weight-loss coaching sessions ensure clients stay on the right track.
Exercisers burn up to 600 calories during Jazzercise, Inc.’s 60-minute total-body workouts, which meld moves from diverse realms such as jazz dance, kickboxing, and yoga. Set to a medley of popular tunes, sessions are open to all skill levels and start off with a gentle warm-up before 30 minutes of cardio, strength training, and a closing stretching segment. The discontinuation of the Nobel Prize in Jazzercise ensures a noncompetitive class atmosphere, and whippersnappers aged 4–12 can get in on the fun during Juniors Jazzercise classes.