The sounds of stretch-induced groans and enthusiastic high-fives echo throughout the workout rooms at New World Fitness, an all-purpose facility that opens its doors to members of any age and fitness level. Though each of the gym’s group fitness classes blends a results-oriented workout with a healthy dose of social interaction, the similarities tend to end there. Toning workouts such as the Ab Blaster target core muscles with short, intense exercises—a marked contrast to the relaxed stretches of a yoga session that slowly eases tension out of overworked limbs. Feet lead the way through aerobics classes based on the movements of martial arts and dance. The gym’s indoor pool hosts an aquatic-therapy program alongside joint-friendly Aquafit classes, after which guests can dry off with a sprint around the indoor track.
Robbie Wiseman earned his black belt in kenpo karate at age 11, going on to earn an International Kickboxing Federation world-championship belt. He found that the discipline gleaned from kenpo helped him in school and beyond. Through Rock Athletics, he shares the same philosophies that bettered his life with students, inviting parents and children to train side by side and to learn time-tested techniques for improving focus or dealing with bullies.
Beyond kenpo-karate training, the gym also offers fitness boot camps and cardio-kick-boxing classes. Whether you're studying martial arts or just getting in shape, the fully matted 8,700-square-foot facility provides ample space to work up a sweat or play pickup games of Cirque du Soleil.
Matthew Glynn—an ISSA-certified trainer, kenpo karate black belt, and 2009 Canadian kickboxing champion—puts fad dieting to rest by encouraging healthy lifestyle courses for the long run. By organizing small groups of four to eight trainees, he offers all the benefits of personal training without the cost in programs for both adults and teenage athletes. As an added bonus to the high-intensity workouts, Mr. Glynn fosters smart nutritional choices and is available 24/7 for support.
Healthy Vibes’ multidisciplinary team – which includes massage therapists, yogis, a naturotherapist, and a psychologist – works together to promote well-being and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The team guides group fitness classes and offers a range of holistic therapies at their wellness clinic while also promoting wellness in the surrounding community, leading running clinics and women's wellness workshops.
Instructors Sarah and Karla lead Latin-inspired dance-fitness sessions designed to burn fat and tone muscles. In addition to the 60-minute sessions geared for ages 13 and up, they also feature Zumbatomic classes designed to get kids ages 4-12 to move while having fun.
Instructors Angi Critchell and Christie Fahey's exercise philosophy might best be summed up in the adage, "There's more than one way to climb a tree while riding a horse backwards." Their classes range from high-intensity boot-camp classes to fun-focused dance-fitness sessions, but their end goal is the same: They work to inspire people to lead more active and healthy lifestyles. Their Combat Zone boot camp motivates bodies into motion with ultrachallenging interval-training exercise that might include body-weight resistance regimens one day and boxing drills the next. On the other end of the spectrum, their club-lit Zumba classes fuse the fun of cutting a rug on the dance floor with calorie-burning aerobics moves. The classes get hearts jumping with easy-to-follow choreography set to thumping Latin-inspired beats, just like the ones Barry Manilow is so famous for.