Barry Coleman studied the sciences of kinesis and indoor cycling separately, before deciding to combine the two into a single full-body form of exercise at Spinsational Fitness Studio. Beyond the gym's green awnings stand rooms packed from wall to wall with stationary bikes, ready to bear riders on a journey to better fitness. Some rooms remain conspicuously empty of the equipment, more frequently used for Bokwa and jump rope classes. Barry fuels each form of exercise with complimentary waters and fresh pieces of fruit for all his students.
Barry's classes don't just lead to better health for his clients, though. He gives back to the community by hosting events like the Briarcliff Cancer Spinathon, organized by 13-year-old Jordana Cohen to replace the Pediatric Cancer Club's cancelled annual bike-a-thon to raise money for cancer research.
Solars Sports Clubs has fitness fanatics of all stripes covered, offering amenities that range from the parquet of the basketball court and the hardened evergreen of the tennis courts to rows of weight machines and the whirr of the smoothie bar. Group classes whip participants into shape, whether it's heart-pumping belly dancing or spin classes that encourage cyclists to workout without having to share the road with reckless turtles. Solaris also offers kids classes and summer camps, getting little ones off the couch and into action while honing their sports skills.
Ride Revolution's method for blasting calories and chiseling muscles into the body involves shocking the system and keeping muscles guessing at what level of strenuousness is coming next. Cycling-class participants have to push through terrain that varies from steep inclines to flat sprints, motivated only by the instructor's encouragement, the class's upbeat music, and the fistfuls of pennies promised upon completion.
In the dark, cool cycling room, exercisers atop top-of-the-line Schwinn bikes keep their legs pumping in a variety of classes, including a 45-minute midday ride, a 60-minute standard cycle session, and even a charity ride. Unlike traditional gyms, which can't focus all their energy on cycling, Ride Revolution is a cycling-only studio, which means it features such amenities as stadium-style seating, atmospheric lighting, and the cutting-edge Performance IQ heart-rate-monitoring system.
"When the lights go down and the music turns up, there's this sense of peace that goes throughout the room, and we're just ready," says one student of JoyRide's energetic spin classes. That atmosphere is just what JoyRide Cycling Studio intended—from the club-like lighting to music that often comes from a live rock band, every element of the studio is designed to forge a challenging, blissful workout. And cycling is just the beginning. Although the studio focuses on spinning, they also offer a variety of other classes—including TabataRide, cycling interspersed with 20-second high-intensity interval drills, and SpinSculpt, 35 minutes of spinning and 25 of muscle-sculpting. In addition, other fitness sessions target areas the cycles don't touch—JoyFusion blends Pilates with strength training, JoySculpt grants a full-body workout, and JoyMama features workouts tailored for new mothers.
Bright-yellow spheres hurtle through the air like comets in space or butter pats in a food fight. Unlike comets or butter, however, these objects can be whacked with a racket on Intensity's seven indoor tennis courts. Here, adults and kids learn to volley with precision during clinics, camps, and team programs. Accomplished tennis pros lead one-on-one lessons for students of all levels and a high-performance academy for elite young players. During Turbo Tennis sessions, instructors pair forehands and backhands with endurance exercises to help players sculpt their physiques and up their game.
Dance, yoga, and biking tone muscles and melt calories during many of Intensity's other fitness classes. Latin-inspired Zumba workouts boost energy levels in a 3,000-square-foot studio whose booming beats and intelligent lighting system simulate a thriving nightclub or a disco aboard a flying saucer. Octane elliptical machines, True treadmills, and Life Fitness strength-training equipment fuel solo workouts in the studio's gym, and a four-lane 100-foot track helps athletes sprint their way toward optimal speed and agility.
After workouts, exercisers may unwind with Thai massages, respites in the onsite saunas, and trips to the juice bar. Childcare staff can supervise kids 12 weeks and older while parents exercise, work, or run errands.
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.