CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person?s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
One of Alicia Cuervo's life goals was to create a safe space where students could share the love of yoga and grow together, a goal she achieved the day she opened the doors to her yoga studio, Yin Yang Yoga Center. From this tranquil space?outfitted with a massage room and a spacious yoga studio flooded with natural light and decorated with Eastern-influenced decor?Cuervo and her instructors guide students of all ages and experience levels through a packed class schedule that features options seven days a week. The studio is kept at 75 degrees, priming bodies to move seamlessly through a sequence of Vinyasa poses. Aerial yoga classes use the power of gravity to help students release muscular tension, increase flexibility, and explore zero-compression inversions, while the slow pace of Yin yoga encourages surrender and connection to the breath. The holistic haven also boasts acupuncture, massage, and reiki treatments.
A love for fitness was a given in Marcy Fulmore's family. Growing up, her parents and siblings all participated in various sports, and she competed on the track and basketball court. When she pursued a degree in social work, Marcy didn't realize it would one day complement her career as a personal trainer. But at Younique Fitness, her desire to better others' lives and her certification as a personal trainer do, indeed, collide. With 15 years of experience as a personal trainer, she works with individuals of all skill levels one on one, in pairs, or in small groups, and she customizes training programs that blend her different fitness specialties—including kickboxing, jump rope, MMA, and Pilates—to help clients reach specific fitness goals.