It’s easy to see the imprint of Body & Soul Fitness founder Jade Reyes on his studio’s class curriculum. His specialty in dance aerobics is displayed in exotic-dance and Latin-dance-inspired Zumba classes. And his training in kickboxing informs not only classes in the same discipline, but also body-combat classes, which feature high- and low-impact moves to challenge exercisers of all fitness levels. He also specializes in spinning and knows much about massage therapy and relaxation, which explains why yoga is on the schedule and drinking Mountain Dew and screaming Van Halen lyrics is not.
Shihan Mike Downs, head of Defensive Arts Dojo, isn't just a sixth-degree karate champ and active member of the Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association. He's also a chiropractor, and that double life as a doctor and a sensei adds richness to his instruction. Like Mike, there's more to Defensive Arts Dojo than mastering kicks and punches. It's a discipline of the mind and the body, and a boosting of self-confidence that permeates their gregarious, yet challenging, lessons. Fighting classes include the defensive techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, kendo and iaido swordsmanship, and Ground Zero courses for thwarting domestic foes. Physical fitness seekers can let their inner warrior loose in Warrior Fitness programs that meld core exercises and cardio training with MMA techniques, and yoga classes enhance flexibility and strength while vanquishing stress through exercise and relaxing meditation.
The instructors at Evolation Yoga help their students achieve greater health and centeredness with a unique blend of hot yoga and meditation. Rather than subscribing entirely to the tenets of Bikram yoga, they incorporate other yogic styles for a more fluid approach that’s accessible to all students. To achieve the best results, they lead classes in studios heated to keep the mug of tea balanced on each student’s head piping hot. They also organize regular workshops and events at each of the studio's eight locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Australia.
The trainers at TREO Sports & Fitness work with seasoned athletes as well as clients of all fitness levels to help them achieve their fitness goals, from improving their game to staying in shape. Athletes looking to improve their performance in specific sports get a customizable fitness plan that takes into account fitness level as determined through regular testing and assessment, as well as physiological strengths and weaknesses. In addition to forming training around athletes’ goals, the trainers also consider their schedules, accommodating competitions and mental and physical fatigue from events. Sports performance training is available for athletes aged 10 and older, as are movement-efficiency assessments to make sure they aren’t overexerting themselves while running through late-for-class anxiety dreams.
In addition to sport-specific programs, the trainers also lead classes for general fitness, such as boot camps and fitness training, using the facility’s sweeping outdoor fields and weight room.
Southtowns's mix of cardio equipment, weight machines, and 15 fitness classes add spice to dragging workouts to maximize overall health while minimizing waistlines. A full roster of classes such as Zumba, Tai Chi, yoga, Spinning, and boot camp promotes toned physiques in fun, encouraging sessions, and activates all muscle systems, like a slap fight with a squid. The gym's Body Sculpting class, for example, attacks lethargy by challenging participants with free weights, resistant bands, and core-buttressing Pilates. After a heart-pumping session on the gym's cardio machines, exercisers can refuel with a beverage at the juice bar. Nutritional guidance and an accountability club help arm guests against fitness slumps, encouraging patrons to stick with health regimens when schedules get busy. The gym also accommodates parents with free daycare by reservation during peak hours, and towel service in the facility's locker rooms prevents clients from having to work out in a linen closet. Check the fitness center's schedule for full class details.
Gold's Gym features a wide array of next-generation fitness equipment, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. Exercisers can take part in a solo shape-up on a TV-equipped cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, or stick to lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers. Both the Williamsville and Lancaster locations also host a full schedule of fitness classes to infuse workouts with the inspiring camaraderie that attends physically exhausting oneself alongside other likeminded participants. Silver Sneakers sessions gently improve baby boomers’ endurance and range of motion, and spin class intensely challenges legs as they pedal over hills and through sprints while answering a rapid-fire series of Daily Double Jeopardy! questions about cycling history. Instructors also helm such classic group fitness styles as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and Body Pump, which arms participants with barbells to perform a lifting routine that targets all of the body’s major muscle groups.
At Master Chong's World Class Tae Kwon Do, instructors teach discipline and self-defense skills in classes for kids, adults, and families. Following the principles of founder Grandmaster Sun Ki Chong, teachers help students develop not only technical martial-arts skills but also leadership abilities and mental focus.