For Fusion Bodyworks’ owner, Jody Manofsky, true fitness is all about balance. She should know—her 15-year career has included stints as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer, as well as work as both a massage and chiropractic rehab therapist. Her career took another turn in 2006, when she discovered yoga. Enamored with the practice’s ability to relax her mind and strengthen her body, she trained to become a certified instructor so that she could add it to the cadre of tools she uses to help others find similar balance in their own lives.
Today at Fusion Bodyworks, Jody blends each aspect of her background as she works with clients not only to improve their fitness, but also to map out their goals and find the best route to getting them there. That route can include anything from personal training and nutrition counseling to regular massage, which can help speed recovery following a strenuous workout or injury. In addition to taking on individual clients, Fusion Bodyworks offers corporate services and can bring classes, workshops, or personal-training skills to employees in any office or aboard any shrimp boat.
Though they welcome clients of all ages into their fitness facility, Fouad “Fred” Jaroudi and his staff at Community Health Center specialize in exercise for ages 35 and older using the second floor’s passive workout machines. Downstairs, younger visitors hook up their music while using more-intensive weight machines, treadmills, and free weights along with a punching bag and speed bag.
Operating from a colorful heated studio, Yoga Lounge's skilled instructors put bodies of all ages in motion with a flexible schedule of classes, such as beginner-friendly Basic Yoga, cardio-charged Zumba, and body-purifying Hot Yoga Flow. In Basic Yoga classes, students set up their own mats, towels, and flying carpets, while forgetful pupils snag mats and props for rent or purchase before preparing to develop their muscular strength and flexibility through a series of poses and deep breathing techniques. For fun, high-energy fitness classes, grown-up Zumba teams waist-whittling moves to the pulsing rhythms of Latin-inspired music, while Zumbatomic, a kid-friendly variant, gets youngsters caught up in upbeat music and healthy cardio routines. Hot Yoga Flow classes literally turn up the heat in Yoga Lounge’s studio to loosen muscles, encourage deep stretching, and spur bodies into expelling toxins in conveniently perspirable liquid form.
Despite its name, Fonzi’s Synergy Fitness isn’t a place where members learn to ride motorcycles while keeping their slicked-back coiffures in place. It’s a locally owned gym helmed by Jim Fonzi and Denice Normandy-Fonzi, who cultivate a welcoming feel inside the fitness haven. High-quality workout equipment, such as the BodyMasters System—a 30-minute circuit workout similar to Curves, as well as free weights fill the space, and a fitness room hosts an array of heart-pumping, calorie-burning classes.
At Virtus Institute, coaches lead varied group fitness classes that help whip bodies into shape and prepare interested exercisers for Spartan obstacle racing. Their training programs take clients through three progressively more intense levels of workout, which work to rebuild bodies into more agile and athletic forms.