Dave Gerry started the Princeton Club with three simple tenets in mind: great trainers, exceptional equipment, and easy access. To realize that dream, he assembled a team of American College of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainers to helm the cardio and strength-training centers 24 hours a day.
Whether working out solo, in a group class, or with a trainer to remind them that bench-pressing beehives is safer with a spotter, guests can drop their young ones off at the free childcare center. Splashes fill the natatorium as swimmers paddle across the six-lane lap pool, as the resistance-current pool's adjustable waves enable guests to walk in place. A dip in the whirlpool soothes stress, and the steam room's eucalyptus aromatherapy and sauna's rejuvenating heat send bodies back into the world refreshed. Above the club, tennis and soccer players soak in vistas of Madison as they duke it out on the rooftop garden's turf. The competition continues indoors on basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts.
The club keeps visitors fit with group exercise classes, personal training, and aquatic activities in indoor and outdoor pools. Specific classes vary by location, though each hosts cycling, yoga, and Pilates. The 24-hour Harbor location caters to muscles with 160 classes per week, including youth classes in swimming, sports, and ballet.
Michaela Torcaso, the owner and CEO of Tibia Healing Center, couldn't decide what the world needed more—inner or outer peace—so she decided to give it both. The former begins its incubation in the massage school, where aspiring massage therapists spend 675 hours training for their certification. From there, calm is channeled through graduates' hands and into the minds and muscles of the clients of the Tibia Healing Center, where myriad modalities address everything from injury to stress from trying to balance a checkbook on one's nose.
When she's not planting the seeds of inner peace in her clients, Tibia's owner is spreading it outwards through her nonprofit, Creating a Peaceful World, which volunteers healing bodywork services to individuals including the families of murder victims and charity participants. Torcaso also offers scholarships to aspiring massage therapists who need financial assistance to pursue their education.
David Turner founded Yoga Eight with three goals in mind: accessible classes, a comfortable environment, and a student-focused practice. The result is a welcoming studio where experienced instructors with more than 200 hours of training each take their time to help students develop a meaningful practice, regardless of skill level. Yoga Eight's jam-packed schedule mixes challenging Ashtanga and athletic Vinyasa styles for a diverse regimen to challenge seasoned yogis and give beginners the building blocks of a serious yoga practice.
The first time Amanda Uphoff attended a yoga class, her clothing still bore hints of her infant son's spittle. As she down-dogged her way to yoga mastery, she found a peaceful clarity that balanced her hectic life as a parent. Troubled by the growing rates of childhood obesity and youth eating disorders, Amanda decided to open her own family-focused studio. Blackbird Family Yoga offers classes for every age group, from freshly hatched infants to the parents that incubated them. Popular classes include family yoga and postnatal sessions, in which mothers find peace in their child's pose and infants grapple with life's complexity in adults’ poses. The studio supplies childcare to accommodate parents who need a break from child wrangling.