The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
From a six-month journey across the Indian subcontinent to graduating as one of the first yogis ever to be certified by Baptiste yoga creator, Baron Baptiste, there’s seldom been a dull moment in Lisa Black’s 12-year history with yoga. She even invented her own style of yogic practice called Shakti Vinyasa yoga in 2003. With the help of a fleet of instructors that she personally certified, she brings her wealth of experience to each class she teaches through Shakti Vinyasa Yoga’s four studio locations.
All four studio locations provide a venue for renowned yogis to visit and hold workshops while passing or levitating through town. The brightly lit, hardwood-floored rooms have hosted such experts as Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, and Ana Forrest.
Helmed by certified trainers, Dana’s Body-Zone cultivates a supportive, social environment for getting fit in more than 30 weekly classes. Designed for students of all genders, fitness levels, and skill sets, most workouts brim with inspiring music and booming encouragement to floss every day. Group Groove torches calories with an hour of club-style shimmies and Latin-inspired hip swivels, and Group Kick punches stress in the kisser with martial-arts and boxing drills that tone the arms and abs. Saddled with stationary bikes and heart-rate monitors, spinning students pedal toward cardiovascular endurance and making thighs more powerful than a monster truck holding political office. Relaxing poses from the yoga and Pilates traditions build long, limber muscles at each Group Centergy session, and instead of lifting hippos to build fat-fighting muscle mass, Group Power students press and curl barbells for 60 minutes.
Extreme Fitness's instructors leverage their backgrounds in boxing, bodybuilding, and competitive sports to lead students during personal training and group workout classes. Personal-training sessions commence with a preworkout assessment of current health conditions, such as body composition, and stress tests form a launching pad from which clients rocket toward goals and any star-shaped balloons floating in the rafters. Trainers then customize a system of weight-machine-based strength exercises that conspire with cardio routines to sneak up on calories and expel them from their post. To stabilize cores, students take on punching targets and play medicine-ball catch while perched on bosu balls. Feel free to share the fitness journey with like-minded peers by stepping in for 30- and 45-minute group classes. Teachers pack cardio-stimulating spurts of Zumba dance fitness and kickboxing into lunch break-long time slots. Classical yoga postures work away stress as limbs stretch and perform slumbering lion impressions, whereas bouts of interval-based annihilation training ignites fat stores with free-weight-enhanced plyometric hopping and relay running.
No one has ever accused David Barton shortchanging them when it comes to spectacle. The bodybuilding guru’s eponymous gyms have been recognized by Interior Design for their pioneering, nightclub-esque décor. The soundtrack matches the design—live DJs frequently drop by the palatial studios, which reach up to 40,000 square feet, to spin high-octane sets. Based out of New York, the gyms have reshaped the luxury fitness landscape. However, their supportive staff’s primary focus is on reshaping patron’s bodies.
Aside from the interiors that draw on glam and punk influences, and locker rooms that create a spa-like feel without a mini-hot tub burbling in each locker, the gyms also boast effective fitness classes. Trainers lead students through group workouts that range from endurance spinning sessions to lower bodywork geared towards toning glutes. Alternatively, visitors can collaborate with personal trainers for more tailored programs, or sweat solo with strength machines, free weights, and miles of interactive cardio.