Until brain transplant surgery becomes a reality, humans are stuck in the bodies they're born in. The trainers at The Body Shop—led by owner Elizabeth Carnley—aim to help clients make the most of that situation. Their women-only classes are designed to build muscle, increase endurance, and burn fat. They set hearts racing in high-energy Zumba dance classes, or build muscular power with boot camps that incorporate heavy dumbbell lifting, one of Elizabeth's favorite exercises. To keep their students motivated, they provide gentle verbal encouragement and festoon the walls with posters with phrases such as "Sweat is Fat Crying" or "Your Brain is Not a Negative Integer." To make their classes as convenient as possible, the studio hosts a first-come, first-served childcare service, capable of looking after up to ten tykes at a time.
Thousands of years before yoga became a fitness craze, healers used it as a preventive form of physical therapy. The yoga instructors at Indra’s Grace still tout the practice’s healing effects through Hatha-style classes. Hatha takes a slow, meditative approach to yoga that links asanas with breathing. The postures stave off stress, pain, and depression as bodies strengthen and participants lengthen from head to toe, as if they were dangling from monkey bars with two kids grasping their ankles. The uplifting practice works best when coupled with holistic-nutrition counseling, which promotes natural, well-rounded eating habits. For those struggling to overcome a specific health issue, private yoga therapy can help alleviate afflictions such as arthritis, headaches, asthma, and the inability to stop barking.
The dedicated coaches at Hot Mamas Fitness motivate women of all fitness levels through heart-pumping classes, customized meal plans, and single-sex workouts. Members and punch-card holders can commit caloric arson during sweaty Old School aerobics sessions or build strength by lifting barbells and stacks of old Spice Girls CDs during Girl Power classes. PiYo combines Pilates and yoga to develop powerful midsections, and Zumba churns up Latin music and rhythmic dance moves for a session of high-energy shimmying.
Payden Morgan can look at anyone and see their inner athlete, and he wants to help his clients unlock that athleticism within. Through workouts that change every day, Payden helps guests reach their fitness goals with intense interval training, weightlifting, and cardio drills.
Getting in shape can be really tough. So at Fit For Life, the staff's goal is to make each trip to the treadmill a little brighter with a range of amenities and staff who know your name. The 6,000-square-foot gym not only features a range of cardio and weight equipment, but classrooms that play host to more than 45 Zumba, yoga, body pump, and cycling classes per week. The accommodating schedule—which features sessions ranging from 5:15 a.m. until 8:15 p.m.—offers class times that works with every client's busy life, allowing them to mix up their workout without changing which animal is chasing them this week. While parents are sweating it out on the gym floor, kids can color, do homework, or play video games in the child care facility. After showering, members can cool down with the complimentary cups of coffee and newspapers that fill the gym's lobby.
The experienced, certified trainers at Ultimate Fitness conduct intense boot-camp sessions for small groups and one-on-one personal training sessions with exercise regimens tailored to the individual. A military-trained fitness instructor leads exercisers through a month of unlimited one-hour boot-camp sessions from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday–Friday, and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday–Thursday, helping participants to shed pounds and coordinate camouflage gym shoes with complimentary sweatbands. No equipment is required; workout warriors meet at the gym before heading outside (weather permitting) for an intense workout designed for all ages.