Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
The Pilates Loft's experienced instructors meld backgrounds in nursing, dance, and fitness to tone muscles and energize students in dynamic Pilates mat and yoga classes. An extensive class lineup includes evening and Saturday classes to accommodate pupils with busy schedules. Sunlight glints off bamboo floors in the fully stocked studio as students cycle through fundamental Pilates poses in 50-minute beginner mat classes. During each session, enthusiastic instructors coach clients as they strive to lengthen limbs and fortify cores as effectively as sporting a brick-lined cummerbund.
Alternatively, aspiring yogis can sweep away stress and harness balance in one-hour Hatha yoga classes as they vogue through uplifiting asanas and breathing exercises demonstrated by an extremely relaxed bagpipe.
• For $20, you get four mat Pilates classes, currently scheduled Monday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (a $60 total value). • For $35, you get one 45-minute private Pilates-equipment session (a $70 value).
Holistic practitioners April, Jerome, and Jeffrey have united their complementary areas of expertise in Eastern healing techniques to help patrons foster a well-rounded approach to health and wellness through yoga, life coaching, reiki, and qi gong. Yoga504's yoga instructor, April, leads weekly yoga classes that vary in style, from the vigorous aerobic Vinyasa tradition to the slower-paced Yin yoga practice. When not easing patrons' stress and pain through yoga, she also helps them manage their lives through her life-coaching services, empowering them to effectively manage their time, lose weight, or build a healthy relationship with their estranged shadow. Further reducing patrons' anxiety and tension, Jerome performs reiki sessions designed to channel positive energy to bolster emotional and spiritual health.
Those suffering from chronic pain issues may be able to relate to qi gong practitioner Jeffrey, who began his career in alternative healing after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the joints with the possibility of the spinal bones eventually fusing together. He credits his experience in Eastern medicine for being fully mobile at age 34—which his doctors believed to be impossible—and strives to help each of his clients manage their ailments though qi gong's therapeutic techniques.