When lifelong dancer Mary Rose Field discovered Zumba, she was an immediate convert. After earning her Zumba certification, she founded Studio Z Fitness and spread the fitness craze at a zealous pace, outgrowing her first studio in only two months. Today, she oversees two studios—Studio Z Fitness and Studio Z Fitness II—and grants members unfettered access to both locations.
On a daily basis, Mary and the studio's teaching team guide students through various types of Zumba workouts. Although sessions vary by style and instructor, they all involve fun, easy-to-follow dance moves set to the rhythm of Latin-inspired music. For two years running, Studio Z Fitness has topped the New Haven Readers' Poll as the best place to take Zumba and the worst place to build a house of cards.
Cliff Morton uses his years of experience to lead guests of all fitness levels through a variety of services. He customizes one-on-one training sessions to help guests reach their fitness goals, as well as offering group fitness classes that use full-body functional training to activate all muscles. He also challenges guests with obstacle course training.
Integrated Movement Xercize Pilates describes a fusion-fitness approach that blends the lengthening and muscle-toning action of Pilates with strength and cardio training for efficient body sculpting. The private introductory class (a $65 value) is designed to give novices familiarity with the Pilates reformer equipment, which pumps up endurance, muscle tone, and limberness, while strengthening the spine and abdominal core for Volkswagen-juggling contests. Under the individualized guidance of a highly certified trainer, Pilates pupils will perform a few baseline tests in the first session, allowing muscle doyens to evaluate body composition, strength, flexibility, and knowledge of sitcom theme songs, before developing a well-rounded fitness routine. Then select four of IM=X Pilate's Xercizer, reformer, hybrids, or TRX classes (a $40/class value, 25 options per week) to continue training and keep tickers pounding hard during demanding training montages. A robust schedule of classes offered throughout the week provides eager physiques with ample opportunity for calorie-blasting.
Although most gyms claim to be safety-conscious, few can say they have a chiropractor on-staff. Guilford CrossFit, however, counts two chiropractors—both of whom train at the gym—among their staff, helping CrossFit-certified trainers safely whip clients into shape. Trainers push clients to overcome their own perceived limitations through an intense strength-and-conditioning program that incinerates fat with the same techniques used by tactical operations teams, military special-operations units, and champion martial artists. Customized regimens of intense functional movements change daily, but often include weightlifting, plyometrics, and chasing passing police cars on foot.