It's not easy to become a trainer at Metabolic Fitness Management: the company only recruits those with the proper education and certifications from organizations such as the National Personal Training Institute, the American Council on Exercise, and the National Council on Strength and Fitness. At a handful of gyms, these experts lead personalized one-on-one sessions as well as group boot-camp, kettlebell, and TRX suspension-training classes.
The staffers at Essence of Life, a fitness and wellness center, believe that balance is essential to leading a happy, healthy life. And so they offer classes that keep clients well rounded mentally, physically, and spiritually. Yoga and Pilates reformer classes help stretch limbs and minds, and indoor cycling and TRX classes pump up muscles and keep hearts healthy. Personal training helps clients get on track with individualized attention. The friendly and laid-back fitness studio strives to keep its own balance by hosting ongoing workshops and summer camps in addition to classes, and clients can drop by for a soothing reiki session or features-defining airbrush tan as well.
Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.
Melody Roberts hadn't been practicing yoga for long when she began to notice changes in herself. Beyond physical developments such as increased strength and flexibility, she realized that she felt "more grounded, calmer, more alert, and simply more at ease," to use her own words.
So Roberts pursued that feeling, making yoga a bigger part of her life until one day she became a teacher and opened her own studio. Now, she strives to pass along the same mental and physical benefits to her students, helping them to discover their true selves through regular Vinyasa yoga practice.
At Bombshell Movement Studio, the emphasis is on fun, as women shimmy and spin themselves around during a variety of pole-dancing classes. Each entertaining session builds students' confidence and endurance as they twirl or create a dance routine for their next condo-association meeting. Within the supportive environment, women can also celebrate bachelorette bashes or girls' night out with flirt-enhancing parties or learn lap-dance techniques and sultry moves in workshops.
Licensed aesthetician and massage therapist Sigita Wendorf leads the staff at The Body Shop Day Spa in crafting spa treatments more relaxing than a lullaby duet by Yanni and Enya. Several massage modalities, including reiki and reflexology, relieve muscle tension, while facial and body treatments soothe skin. A fireplace in the waiting room casts shadows on vases full of blossoms, and throughout the spa, the walls showcase images from nature, such as fog-obscured trees and beach turtles playing Marco Polo.