When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Vanessa Valentin knew her own health and happiness increased through practicing dance and fitness, and she wanted to help other people feel the same way. She opened RhythmX to make it happen, a fitness and dance studio focused on Latin and hip-hop grooves.
Here, Vanessa and 10 other instructors conduct three types of Zumba classes, including Zumba, Zumba Toning, and Zumba Sentao, along with Latin hip-hop sessions. Unlike most hip-hop classes, which teach students a set routine, their sessions work to arm students with a core set of moves, helping them feel more comfortable on the dance floor.
Equipment: Strength equipment, treadmills, Arc Trainers, StairMasters
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, fitness clothing, tennis shoes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 25+ people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Body Club's trainers help produce healthier, more athletic members using every inch of their 23,000-square-foot studio. They work up sweats in one-on-one sessions on machines and also lead group fitness classes in a 3,800-square-foot studio that's big enough for no one to notice that one guy doing the chicken dance during Zumba. As a team, they teach everything from TRX and Pilates to coed pole-dancing classes. But the gym also keeps the important things in mind: child-care services are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., helping parents make more time for workouts.
Studio One Wellness takes several approaches to physical well-being and fitness. Rather than emphasize one style of working out, the team provides visitors with an eclectic assortment of classes intended to keep them engaged while providing invaluable exercise. The schedule includes everything from heated yoga and mat Pilates to cardio kickboxing and dance-inspired Zumba sessions. Additionally, the studio provides spa services in the form of traditional massages, facials, and skincare treatments, as well as Endermologie, which minimizes the appearance of unwanted cellulite.
For 28 years, Elise Porter-Dean had the luxury of not needing to make time for exercise. She was a dancer, after all. But after she took her last bow, she discovered how difficult it could be to find an engaging workout. She tried running around the block, joining a gym, and even taking yoga classes, but nothing interested her long enough to make a physical difference. That is, until the upbeat tempo of barre ultimately hooked her.
At her boutique studio, barre revolution, Elise works with a staff of talented instructors to lead five styles of fitness classes. The main barre rev workouts feature a traditional mix of Pilates, yoga, and ballet barre exercises that tone and tighten muscles, burn calories, and boost strength and flexibility. Branching off of that workout are Kelsie's rev yoga classes, cardio barre, rev stretch, and barre lite, an intro class great for beginners. Most of the barre exercises are low-impact and can be modified to accommodate past injuries or body concerns.
Dark wooden floorboards stretch across the floor of Project 7 Yoga's modern studio. More often than not, they're joined by the outstretched limbs of meditating and posing yoga students. The studio's experienced instructors primarily teach traditional yoga classes such as flow, power flow, and restorative yoga. But in keeping with the ancient proverb that "variety is the spice of life" they also schedule more intense classes outside of yoga such as BarreAmped, which uses controlled movements aided by ballet barres to build lean muscle.