Sometimes, boot camp classes carry a military tone—one that dilutes encouragement in favor of brutish yelling. But that's not the case at Edge Body Boot Camp, where instructors are as supportive as they are informative. Under the direction of Dustin Edge—who has 12 years of industry experience packed into his muscles—Edge Body's trainers combine cardio exercises and resistance training into single, high-energy workouts. To prevent clients from hitting a plateau or becoming tempted to exercise while they sleep, Edge Body mixes up its routine every class. Complementary nutritional guidance, meal planning, and fitness evaluations available to all campers helps to achieve goals.
The friendly staff of massage therapists and aestheticians at The Spa at Bob’s East encourages passersby to abandon their stresses while indulging in a variety of soothing and beautifying spa services. Taut muscles thoroughly unwind with a choice of 60-minute body-kneading sessions ($70), including the relaxation massage, which improves circulation and flexibility with Swedish-style strokes, and the deep-tissue massage, which relieves pains caused by intense physical activity, such as kicking medicine balls through field-goal posts. Sanítas Skincare and Dermalogica facials ($40–$85) nourish human frontispieces to reverse the effects of aging, and Brazilian waxes ($70) restore order to out-of-control bikini lines. For a more balanced complexion, clients enlist their nose-and-cheek placeholders in a classic microdermabrasion treatment ($80), which renders skin as unblemished as the Dalai Lama's driving record.
Strength and conditioning specialist Tony Maslan—who is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a 1998 Junior American Deadlift Record holder—knows the importance of safe and well-rounded fitness practices. The former Marine Corps Reserves sergeant and overseas infantry squad leader leads a team of more than 15 certified trainers in their mission to help individual fitness-seekers, children, and corporate clients break unhealthy habits. This goal-oriented staff emphasizes accountability and measurable results during one-on-one and group training sessions as they reshape clients’ waistlines with kettlebells and deadlifts, as well as intense challenges such as sparring and pulling a truck using only their pinky finger. The on-staff nutrition counselor bolsters these results with comprehensive nutrition guidance, and posts diverse recipes online as well. Of this, Maslan stated that he "knew we needed to help clients go beyond the microwave." To help keep their clients from returning to their previous lifestyles, these trainers also host online, in-home, and sport-specific training.
Maslan and his team believe in giving back to the community, so they occasionally host charity events to benefit the missions of the Wounded Warrior Project, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and 911 Gives Hope.
Though it functions as an all-purpose gym, Tri-State Athletic Club is actually a community epicenter. When guests aren't running across its sports courts, they might be toasting each other in its halls at a wine tasting or holiday event. Family-friendly programming welcomes kids and adults alike to pool activities and tennis lessons, and personal trainers guide members, whose names they've committed to memory, through custom workouts. Meanwhile, instructors lead group classes such as Pilates, spin, and heated yoga in well-equipped studios. This supportive atmosphere imbues the club with positive vibes, which prompt strangers on neighboring treadmills to amicably concede the right of way.
Nitro Fitness's juxtaposition of silvery fitness machinery and warm yellow walls displays the center's dedication to maintaining an ultra-modern fitness facility while curating a chummy exercise community. A three-month pass unlocks 24-hour access to the facility, with 12 staffed hours to further ensure assistance and oversight by friendly trainers accommodating guests across the athleticism spectrum. Patrons can oust or write persuasive letters to unwanted calories atop such cardio equipment as treadmills and steppers, or chisel muscles by playing patty cake with a fleet of TuffStuff resistance machines and free weights. Along with solo workouts, exercisers can enlist in group classes, including yoga, kickboxing, Pilates, and Zumba. After making bellies earn their pats in core-toning Pilates, students can venture to the gym’s locker rooms, which house large, walk-in showers for freshening up post-workout or testing the efficacy of a recently purchased umbrella.
The trainers and technicians at Body Makeover eschew fitness fads for nutritional advice, aesthetic treatments, and workouts. Spray tans prepare newly chiseled bodies for games of hide-and-seek in bronze sculpture gardens, and skin-tightening body wraps employ a detoxifying slimming formula to flatten stomachs and add firmness to skin. Alternating sounds echo throughout the gym, where personal trainers plot individualized routines for their clients and oversee the safe execution of each weight lift or lunge. Depending on the customer’s personal fitness plan, the trainer may suggest the gym’s signature 30-minute super-circuit workout, which positions strength-training exercises against an aural backdrop of motivational music.
The experienced instructors at Fitness World give clients the knowledge and tools to mold healthy frames. Day passes provide total access to all classes, from yoga and Pilates to high-intensity cycling and budo kai cardio sessions. Heart muscles flex their biceps during a cardio theater session, which offers minds an engaging distraction. In the anaerobic arena, Fitness World's new Strive strength-training equipment varies the resistance curve of an exercise with target loading, which increases muscle fiber recruitment and hypertrophy, reduces the risk of overtraining, and confuses muscles with rhyming riddles. The center’s behind-the-scenes facilities boast showers and lockers, which jealously glare at their more popular sibling, the sauna. Child care is provided during select hours.