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.
Fast Eddie’s Billiards Cafe takes playing pool and drinking beer to the next level. Sure, the standard domestics are available, but besides the expected lagers and neon signs, Fast Eddie’s boasts an impressive menu of craft brews. More than 50 choices include Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Allagash White, and Smuttynose Robust porter. Imported beer, wine, and premium liquor are also available to add entertainment to billiards tournaments.
Patti Garland has been helming the crew at New Milford Curves for more than 10 years. In the women-only studio, staff members lead ladies through interval circuit workouts that activate every major muscle group, which they say can help burn up to 500 calories per session. Curves acts as more than just a fitness center—it’s also a supportive community for women to pursue healthy lifestyles in a constructive, comfortable environment.
Acupuncture of Milford Connecticut’s Richard A. Covello earned a Best of New Haven 2011 nod for his extensive knowledge of acupuncture. His staff, including Stephanie Ortiz, LMT and Alexandria Attolino, LMT, performs relaxation and wellness massages, specializing in event, post-injury, and post-surgery modalities to help speed recovery.
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.
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.