When lifelong dancer Mary Rose Field discovered Zumba, she was an immediate convert. After earning her Zumba certification, she founded Studio Z Fitness and spread the fitness craze at a zealous pace, outgrowing her first studio in only two months. Today, she oversees two studios—Studio Z Fitness and Studio Z Fitness II—and grants members unfettered access to both locations.
On a daily basis, Mary and the studio's teaching team guide students through various types of Zumba workouts. Although sessions vary by style and instructor, they all involve fun, easy-to-follow dance moves set to the rhythm of Latin-inspired music. For two years running, Studio Z Fitness has topped the New Haven Readers' Poll as the best place to take Zumba and the worst place to build a house of cards.
The Edge's Revolution program is an eight-week body-change contest that fuses nutritional guidance, personal training, and weekly group exercise sessions. Trainers document your metamorphosis with before-and-after measurements and photos, and by meticulously chiseling fitness goals into stone. Start sculpting with one personal-training and Pilates session, then sweat in weekly group workouts that prevent plateaus by pushing boundaries like a gerrymandering student council president. An included nutrition guide with DVD joins body sculptors on fitness sojourns with eating tips to supplement gym work. Revolutionaries also get access to a community that spans from the gym to an online group, providing a resource for advice, support, and camaraderie.
Equipment: TRX, medicine balls, bosu, weights, plates, mats, and exercise balls
Students should bring: Bottle of water, and some people bring a post-workout snack
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Go at your own pace. Our groups have a lot of fun working out, and the results are amazing.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our circuit method, the variation of exercises, and the group component all help our clients stay motivated. They feel accountable to not only themselves but also to the group. Their success is our success.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
When I played division-one ice hockey. I worked with amazing trainers before becoming a personal trainer. My passion was confirmed when I helped my first client go from 230 pounds to 140 pounds in 75 sessions.
Between 10 locations, The Edge Fitness Clubs' trainers offer more than 1,000 group fitness classes every week. They lead spinning, Zumba, and yoga classes alongside kickboxing sessions and intense interval strength training. The motivating coaches conduct every class in a private studio, save for those that require them to use the strength-training or cardio equipment that occupies the main floor.?
While the primary purpose of each fitness club is to get people in shape, the staff also supply a range of other amenities. Conveniently, some of those features make it easier to get fit. For example, the gyms offer babysitting complete with structured educational activities for kids. Also, members are invited to bring a friend for free every Friday to sample classes, work up a sweat, and practice their locker-room banter. And a number of onsite tanning beds provide an opportunity for members to bronze their newly sculpted bods.
Priscilla McCall had always had a knack for athletics, but it wasn?t until she left her career in the technology industry that she could pursue her dream of becoming a certified personal trainer. She then founded the Milford chapter of Fit Body Boot Camp, now known as 30MinFitness, where she draws from her extensive training and softball-coaching experience to lead her students towards healthier lifestyles through the boot camp?s dynamic workouts and comprehensive meal plans. Trainers at 30MinFitness lead group workouts that integrate cardio with bodyweight training, core strengthening, and overall toning. They design the workouts to be time efficient and varied, avoiding workout plateaus that may leave clients uninspired. In addition to motivating clients to work their bodies, trainers also empower them with healthy eating guidelines.
Drawing from more than 11 years of fitness-industry experience, certified personal trainer Robert Fulton captains a staff of more than 20 coed trainers and body builders. Within their expansive, brightly lit facility, cardio machines hum and weight-training equipment silently flies through the air. Fulton and his crew lead a variety of fitness sessions—including yoga, Zumba, cycling, and personal training, which is better than impersonal training in that you’re allowed to look at your trainer. The Fulton team also spearheads regular bodybuilding and figure championships, while offering posing workshops for clients interested in competing. Furthermore, the center encourages healthy living outside of the facility with nutritional articles and workout videos that it posts online.