Fit Zone for Women pairs members with a fitness professional, who tailors an exercise program to suit each individual's unique needs and goals. A one-month membership unveils an armada of equipment designed exclusively for women, including Nautilus weight machines, which, like an army of soaking-wet pygmy marmosets, add resistance one pound at a time. Large-screen televisions adorn the center's modern cardiovascular training hub, helping hone acute irises to match strengthening heartstrings, and group yoga, Pilates, and step-aerobics classes sculpt sinews as they foster fun and peer-based support.
When you walk into Studio Seva, you might see yogis suspended in midair. They haven't mastered the art of levitation. They're utilizing one of the studio's signature pieces of equipment: a wall where a series of ropes facilitates limberness, enabling students to stretch more deeply and use gravity to their advantage.
And the rope wall isn't the only tool in their figurative belt. Class instructors cycle exercisers through calorie-burning circuit-training stations and help hone upper-body strength via heavyweight boxing bags. After workouts, guests can relax in the infrared sauna or head to the meditation room, where simple, black floor cushions, soft lighting, and recordings of Harry Potter saying, “I’m alive” create tranquil experiences.
Prana Yoga School of Yoga and Health takes its name from the Sanskrit word for "breath," a vital life force. As part of the studio's mission, its instructors aim to expose students to all the benefits of yoga and holistic health in a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment. With 60 classes available each week, Prana Yoga's two locations offer sessions designed for practitioners of every experience level. During all-levels courses, instructors invite all students to practice together while also modifying and adjusting poses for those who need it. Restorative sessions help practitioners relax, and prenatal courses bring relief to mothers-to-be.
In addition to group yoga, the facility hosts private one-on-one yoga, teacher-training programs, and a variety of workshops. Massage therapists are also available to perform Thai, hot-stone, and Swedish massages. As part of a commitment to giving back to the community, the founder of Prana Yoga also runs the Pranayoga Foundation, which brings yoga therapy to people with cancer and other chronic illnesses.
At Pure Movement Pilates Studio, tables and chairs aren't furniture, but workout partners. The trapeze table and four Wunda chairs facilitate Pilates exercise by adding resistance to motion with their spring systems. They work alongside five Reformers and several mats during private, semiprivate, and group classes, all of which are led by seasoned instructors and customized to suit students of varying skill levels. Though the techniques vary by session and apparatus, their benefits align: better posture, increased flexibility, and lean muscles.
Pilates isn't the only discipline taught by the expert staff, however. Professional dancer Elizabeth Mikautadze leads Gyrotonic courses, a method that, unlike playing basketball in a straitjacket, emphasizes achieving and maintaining full range of motion through fluid, free movements. Her lessons draw from fields as diverse as tai chi, swimming, and gymnastics to guide clients as they manipulate pulley-based machinery. The studio also hosts meditative Hatha yoga lessons, and, to offset soreness and soothe physiques, its onsite massage therapists administer reflexology, deep-tissue massages, and Thai bodywork.
Spiece Fitness is like the exercise world’s Library of Alexandria, holding a vast catalogue of more than 70,000 square feet of cardio and strength-training equipment. And much like the ancient library, Spiece Fitness also houses sweeping hardwood basketball courts and a 25-yard pool. To help navigate the sprawling array, certified fitness trainers walk guests through operating the equipment or direct them to the saunas. In three exercise studios, they lead fitness-seekers through personal-training sessions and a variety of energetic group classes—including Pilates, Zumba, and spinning. Meanwhile, coaches oversee adult and youth basketball games along the four hardwood courts as runners race around an indoor track. After workouts, jog-weary exercisers can replenish over protein shakes at the onsite bistro or unwind with massages in the day spa.
The fitness center is housed in the famous Spiece Fieldhouse—a 150,000-square-oot facility that is home to a variety of diverse tenants—from a martial arts studio to a hair salon. The walls of the facility pop with rare autographed jerseys and more than 200 autographed Hollywood collectables, and marble statues and antique furniture make playing paintball games virtually impossible. The Fieldhouse has played host to a variety of visiting celebrities, including Michael Jordan, a famous basketball player.
Built by women for women, Body Design for Women's fitness classes and programs center around helping women achieve their fitness goals. The staff, composed entirely of female certified personal trainers and fitness assistants, aids weight loss with classes such as low-impact circuit training, Zumba, and Piloxing, a Pilates-boxing fusion.
The staff also leads one-on-one sessions and teaches clients that they should kick anybody who offers them junk food in the shins. The gym's complimentary online food journal, exercise demos, and healthy recipe ideas furnish further weight loss outside the gym.