Known as the Forest Pool when it opened in 1927, Montclair Swim Club is a private, family-friendly establishment dedicated to cooling off members in style. Hillsides blooming with trees border three heated pools, including a workout pool, a recreation pool, and a baby pool. Sprawling decks allow members to sunbathe or shout butterfly-stroke tips to toddlers. Inside, a fitness center stocked with cardio machines and strength-training equipment offers sweeping views of the scenic property.
Personal training may be the workout method of choice for some exercisers, but the trainer at Next Level Personal Fitness Systems knows that others thrive in a group environment. That's why Next Level offers both personal training and small-group training to help clients restore their bodies to working order.
Jill Dailey McIntosh has always been intrigued by the human body and how it moves?so much so that she graduated in 1991 with a kinesiology degree and soon thereafter decided to open her own Pilates teaching studio. But it wasn't until years later that this curiosity would manifest itself in a single question: "How can one aggressively transform the shape of their body while still maintaining proper alignment of the spine?" Eventually Jill began to examine her diverse fitness background, pulling low-impact movements from ballet, Pilates, and even orthopedic-exercise routines to create the basis for her fitness style, The Dailey Method.
Now, more than a decade later, Dailey's fitness routine has ballooned into studios sprawled across more than 10 states and gained praise from Self, Allure, FitPregnancy, and InStyle magazines. Regardless of the location, instructors remain true to Jill's mission of offering a diverse series of exercises that focus on toning and lengthening the body while lengthening the spine and building strong core muscles.
Gym Class Fitness founder and personal trainer Jessica Gereau shares the life skills and slimming techniques learned during her own inspiring weight-loss journey, which left her 60 pounds lighter. During personal-training sessions, instructors focus on accountability—they'll call if students skip class—to cut coach potatoes into shapely french fries. The gym's wall-to-wall mirrors reflect images of treadmills, free weights, and aerobic equipment that facilitate group exercise classes and save students the hassle of hauling in their own Stairmasters. The establishment also hosts run meetups every weekend, where joggers follow a certified coach to explore the East Bay landscape while tracking mileage, oxygen consumption, and times to improve performance.
Body Mechanix’s talented personal trainers, including a nationally ranked strongman and a Harvard grad, didn’t get buff all by their lonesome. Believing that encouragement and camaraderie make as much difference as weight and reps, they cook up ever-changing routines through collaboration with their fellow fitness gurus, a practice that allows them to share ideas and show off their ability to bench-press other bodybuilders. Individual lessons send clients sprinting across indoor stretches of turf or hiking heart rates with cardio and weight machines, whereas group classes help them sweat off inches with fast-paced boot-camp exercises or teach them how to jab out aggression with circuit boxing.
As an LGBTQ gym, The Perfect Sidekick aims to create a safe, welcoming environment where anyone can feel comfortable striving to meet their personal fitness goals. The intimately sized space emphasizes a sense of community between the members and the dedicated trainers, who provide encouragement and support while pushing visitors to challenge themselves.
Instead of unwieldy machines, the gym stocks kettlebells, resistance bands, and free weights for guests seeking to strengthen and tone their muscles. The trainers also lead small group classes that provide a bit more focused guidance, including cardio-intensive interval training, Vinyasa-style yoga, and lengthy jogs around the subterranean particle accelerator.