Though now spread over the United States, Crunch gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch gyms' fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
Good ideas often come from a simple formula, such as the PB&J sandwich, the BLT, or the BLT&J. At Fusion Fitness & O2 Yoga, the body-nourishing combination is simply a blend of yoga and Pilates principles. Designed by fitness professionals Debbie Wolff and Andi Boddie, Fusion's signature group workouts integrate breath control, focus, fluid motions, and core-strengthening exercises along with various other fitness techniques. During group sessions, a team of instructors strives to foster an environment of warmth by encouraging guests to smile through their workouts. The team works to provide personal attention to each student, offering adjustments to moves to accommodate varying fitness levels. Fusion's instructors also lead several other fitness classes, including boot camp and spinning.
Yoga Source?s instructors run more than 90 classes each week geared toward students of all levels. Kundalini yoga classes work to relieve tension and increase energy, regardless of degree of flexibility or experience, using a symphonic gong to clear the mind while healing the body and elevating the spirit. Hatha yoga classes use stretches combined with breath work to develop flexibility and increase relaxation. To give back to the community, the teachers offer a free class that helps war veterans sleep better, lower their stress levels, and reduces their reaction to loud noises.
A decorative waterfall's tranquil babbling harmonizes to the music that lilts through Yoga 4 Life?s studio. Led by a certified instructor, students of all experience levels breathe through asanas or postures meant to strengthen muscles during a roster of classes, including the special Yin class that focuses on deep muscle stretches designed to alleviate stress or injuries.
ACSM-certified health fitness specialist Gladimir ?Glad? Simeon believes exercisers need three specific things to stay in shape: support, guidance, and action. At Glad Health & Fitness, he leads a team that fulfills each of those necessities through weight-loss support groups, wellness workshops, and group fitness classes.
The studio enables visitors to earn a good sweat in a variety of ways, including high-energy Zumba, cardio kick-boxing, or yoga and mats pilates sessions. Glad's lectures and workouts are open to individuals of all fitness levels ranging from beginners to competitive athletes and kept small to offer personal attention. Sixty minute classes are designed to constantly challenge members towards fat-burning results, as an effort to help people reach their fitness goals.
The Fitness Boutique tailors exercises to individual needs with one-on-one and group personal-training sessions. Private personal-training programs begin with a body analysis, during which trainers take clients' measurements and calculate their BMI. Trainers then design custom programs to help meet each client's personal fitness goals. Group personal-training sessions include cardio and strength training, and Fusion-Format Pilates dance classes use weights, medicine balls, and resistance tubes to work on core strength and conditioning.