Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.
Colorful knobs and grips jut out from City Climb's angular white walls, guiding climbers of all experience levels along routes designed by USAC-certified setters. These vertical treks are made safe by ropes, which are looped into climbers' harnesses and held below by belayers. No harness is necessary to clamber along the curves of a bouldering cave, however—or while army crawling the entire length of the floor. Students can bring their own equipment or rent climbing shoes, harnesses, and chalk bags at the gym.
The expert climbing instructors at CT Rock Gym guide cliff-scalers through the ins and outs of rock climbing and belaying during a 90-minute On Belay! class. Teachers introduce students to climbing equipment, movements and techniques, and the basics of belaying, which involves clambering up overhangs while tethered via rope to a partner. Two automatic belay machines help solo climbers achieve the heights of dynamic duos, and the staff ensures safety by checking each person prior to their belaying foray and leading everyone through typhoon disaster drills. A two-week membership allows patrons to develop their climbing prowess by exploring a bouldering area, which includes a cave, and shimmying up artfully designed rope paths that rotate every 2.5 months—the time it takes to hatch a rhinoceros.
Rebecca Smith DeFelice's fitness philosophy embodies two extremes. On one hand, the former Army instructor doesn't shy from intense, interval-based training in her boot camp workouts. However, her training background in dance and yoga—a discipline she discovered while rehabbing a dance injury—emphasizes meditative, calming movement. Rebecca does not view these workout methods as mutually exclusive. Her breadth of knowledge and experience drives Woodbridge Body Works, where she and several other instructors lead classes for all skill and fitness levels.
Their curriculum covers a range of yoga disciplines, from basic posing to flowing sequences of more vigorous postures. There are also yoga offshoots such as Core & Breath, a restorative class featuring hands-on adjustments and breath work. Boot camps rely on bodyweight exercises rather than barbells or machinery to strengthen the entire physique. Rebecca also breaks her boot camps down into 15-minute "Melt Down" sessions on weekdays to accommodate working clients who have short lunch breaks or long bathroom breaks.