With hundreds of locations throughout the world, Fitness Together contours the global musclescape one individual at a time with customized workouts. Beginning with a body consultation and assessment, clients are classified into different training zones leading to goal-specific programs that help them reach their true fitness potential. During the 45-minute sweat sessions, a trained muscle tutor supervises squats to ensure muscles are properly stretched and showered in both praise and post-perspiring soap. The one-on-one attention allows the trainer to fine-tune movements, tone trouble zones, and push students to keep going when they'd otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
At Subversion Fitness, personal trainers and staff members educate and inspire clients in a boutique-style gym with flat-screen TVs, fitness classes, and onsite massages. Workout wizards ensure that gym rookies get paired with the right equipment for their calorie roasts and offer no-contract memberships trimmed with free fitness assessments, custom workout plans, and nutritional guidance. Come mornings and evenings, nine classes allow guests to indulge in group fitness, enjoying samba during Zumba or studying the finer points of worm hunting during Early Bird Bootcamp. The gym also houses Kubat Massage Studio, helmed by a licensed massage therapist eager to melt muscles and oust knots with six different massage modalities. Subversion Fitness is as green as Sam-I-Am’s cash, and the studio extends a friendly hand to eco-awareness by recycling, employing a waterless filtration system and refurbished equipment, and eschewing paper whenever possible.
Skill and fitness level don't matter at Bikram Yoga Maple Shade. Every student shares the same path to self-improvement regardless of experience, performing the exact same sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises during all 90-minute sessions. Another constant is the practice room's thermostat, which remains set to 105 degrees at all times. This balmy heat intensifies an already challenging practice, but also helps to loosen tight muscles, which allows students to better sink into each stretch.
During classes, the sequence of seated and standing asanas has a natural progression, systematically engaging muscle groups and organ systems throughout the entire body. Continued practice can help students improve their strength, stamina, and flexibility. Additionally, each class acts as a form of moving meditation that requires the same kind of intense mental focus as recalling your kindergarten teacher's middle name.
Doing the same workouts every day for years was taking its toll on Rich Nebel. He was bored. That is, until he discovered CrossFit. With CrossFit, Rich found himself engaged again, and the dynamic, functional workouts strengthened his body in a way that kept things interesting. As the owner and a trainer at CrossFit 41 South, Nebel works to spread the gospel of the Workout Of the Day?or WOD?an intense routine that changes every day, challenging participants to push themselves to the limit in new ways.
You can't get fit just by running or curling weights. A broad range of exercises always proves more effective, and that's why it is appropriate that Elena Ciccotelli, founder of TrainerDiva, Inc., draws on everything from ballet to yoga. Ballet-inspired strength-training classes, for example, tone muscles. Those muscles then become flexible in yoga sessions. During group classes, the studio might fill with the bouncing music that drives Zumba or the contented sighs of patrons finishing a core training session.
Named the Best Yoga Studio of 2010 by Philadelphia magazine, Yogawood offers everyone the chance to strive for physical and mental harmony through yoga. A 10-class pass gets you access to any drop-in yoga session on the schedule at the Collingswood studio or the Riverton location. There are six different body-bending styles from which to sample. Ease yourself into relaxing poses with a Gentle Yoga or Vinyasa 101 class. Beginners might also enjoy the long-held postures of Yin yoga, which increase flexibility and mobility. Vinyasa Flow yoga harnesses the power of sun salutations to connect posture and breath in movements that will improve strength, balance, and coordination. A yoga/Pilates class will strengthen your core and allow you to stay toned and limber while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knick-knacks, spare change, and shrunken heads. Or you can cap off a muscle-tensing day of work fending off pigeon insults with an Ashtanga class.