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.
At Connecticut Cycle Center, indoor spinning classes or triathlon training with coach Kelli Montgomery beckon students to wheel in their own bikes and affix them to cycling apparatuses. Both classes and training sessions emulate outdoor adventures thanks to ErgVideo and CompuTrainer systems, which mimic famous routes on TV screens. Virtual Tour de France inclines or Spanish plains challenge cyclists to push their endurance to the brink as they mingle with peers. Classes, like the art of hanging out in an operating laundry machine, range from beginner base spins to high-power interval training. Feedback after each session charts your ascent to fitness. High-quality Apex bikes are available for rental and can be taken to nearby roads for an alfresco adventure.
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.
Though quite experienced in the scientific field of traditional healthcare, Dr. Betty Brainerd, ND, believes the natural healing powers of the body can rival those of the lab. For more than 20 years, she has studied and practiced natural healing solutions in both hospitals and private clinics, listening to her patients' needs in order to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses them. Her treatments can reduce allergic reactions, balance bodily chemistry with nutritional supplements, ease chronic pain, or cleanse bodies of toxins and brains of all but the most useful state capitals.