The expansive interiors of Axiom's three fitness centers are packed in endless rows of weight and cardio machines, group workout studios, pools, and basketball and racquet courts to help its diverse client base whip into shape. The knowledgeable trainers lead patrons in pumping their bodies on the fitness floor, and instructors helm more than 100 Zumba, yoga, water aerobics, and Les Mills classes each week. In their performance center, the trainers customize one-on-one or small-group programs, such as Ax-Fit, which helps firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and those in the military increase their power and endurance, and Sport Performance, which helps athletes train for their competitive physical pastime of choice. Kids aged 7 and older can hone their coordination and improve their athletic performance and growing up too fast in Kids Performance sessions that run hourly from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and older adults can stay in shape in the Silver Sneakers program. After sweat sessions, patrons can recharge at the Fuel Center juice bar, which serves up crushed-fruit smoothies, and nutrient-infused coffee and chocolate shakes.
Students stand squarely on hardwood floors in Sumits Yoga's heated studio. Instructors lead them through 75-minute classes, fusing inspiration from Bikram and Ashtanga power-flow styles of yoga to create a dynamic and fluid practice. Sumits' two styles of hot yoga cover a sequence of balancing and energizing physical postures, called asanas, set to motivating music. The practice room's hot and humid atmosphere warms and relaxes muscles more effectively than a bear hug from an actual bear, helping yogis to reach deeper stretches.
During the 60-minute Stroller Strides outdoor class, moms and their babies tear up the trail for an hour. Participants mix stroller pushing and power walking with pit stops for resistance-band exercises that, taken together, bestow a total-body workout. Instructors provide everyone with exercise tubing and, in the event of a fussy-baby episode, will show you exercises you can do with your baby, such as the toddler-tickling squat jump or the nursery-rhyme and bicep-curl combo. Fit4Baby prenatal classes blend cardio and weight work for one hour of strength and balance training. The workouts help women at any stage of pregnancy stay fit and active while they adapt to their bodies' demands. All instructors are experienced in pre- and post-natal fitness. Indoor classes make use of sheltered venues, but apply the same principles as the outdoor sessions.
At Academy of Self Defense, the fierce cries and lightning-fast kicks of martial arts, normally such an intimidating spectacle, are sometimes simply adorable. Children as young as 3 and 4 learn the foundations of self-defense under the tutelage of Master Dan Embree, a veteran martial artist who for more than a decade has helped students of all ages and skill levels learn how to defend themselves against real-world situations. Along with martial arts, Master Dan also teaches women assault prevention and leads tactical training lessons for law enforcement.
FitMania works to build strong, svelte bodies with personal and small-group training sessions and nourishes minds with a blog full of nutrition tips. Instead of pulling clients toward fitness goals with iron-plated gym shorts and a giant magnet, trainers push them in the right direction with goal-setting exercises, exercise demos, and personalized feedback. Individual and group workouts teem with high-intensity intervals of cardio and strength-training exercises, helping participants melt fat and build muscle mass to burn calories efficiently.