For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
The three founders of Spokes Indoor Cycling have three distinctly different fitness backgrounds. Bridgette Strong has led an active lifestyle her whole life, first as a dancer, then as a black belt in tae kwan do who chases down litterers in her spare time. Debbie Childs, on the other hand, didn’t get into working out until her mid-forties, and has since evolved into an accomplished marathon, half-marathon, and 5K runner. Alternatively, Leigh Moore was an athlete as a youth, but only became serious about her health as an adult after she lost her mother to diabetes-prompted liver disease, and was then diagnosed with type 2 diabetes herself.
Yet, despite their diverse fitness journeys, indoor cycling brought these three entrepreneurs together. At Spokes, the trio has amassed a team of instructors who lead lively sessions complete with mood lighting and music videos. Students can hop on a Keiser m3 bike for straight cycling classes or one of two hybrid classes; Cyclebarre follows 20 minutes of cardio cycling with a 40-minute barre workout, and Cycle & Circuit, splits an 80-minute class between cycling and circuit training.
At Fitness Compound, exercisers of all ages can sweat freely in classes that range from the high-intensity intervals of Insanity to the meditative martial art of tai chi. A roster of certified, encouraging trainers lead a host of other classes such as Zumba, krav maga, and TRX suspension training.
Erin, a certified group fitness trainer and master personal trainer, created her own workouts geared toward resistance training, stability ball exercise, dance, and specific muscle-conditioning programs. For a time, her pound-dropping moves were on display with a show on NBC’s Exercises TV on Demand. She now offers her skills in a group setting and during personal-training sessions, and helps kids stay in shape with a specialty program geared toward them. All her classes are for men and women and held in rooms that are either glow-in-the-dark or dark with colored lights, creating a party atmosphere.
When you walk into Mirror Image Fitness, you might wonder if you've accidentally wandered into a swanky living room. A far cry from the typical big-box gym atmosphere, the intimate fitness club welcomes guests with soft lamplight and a stone fireplace. The walls are decorated with framed artwork and black-and-white damask wallpaper, which, along with rich wood furniture, lends the space a cozy, home-like vibe. Walking in, you might find a DJ spinning tunes or a throng of members relaxing on the white leather sofas in the lounge area before a class or a personal-training session. Potted trees and plants flank the sun-drenched cardio machines, making the workout feel like a peaceful jog along a nature trail or through David Attenborough’s limousine.
The club is the brainchild of Derek Norman, who learned about discipline and motivation while going through training camp with the San Diego Chargers. Norman's fitness philosophy promotes the unique needs and goals of each member as well as the skills of his trainers, whose specialties range from yoga to boxing.
The certified instructors at Pilates Sculpt Studio forge strong muscles and mind-body connections through the system of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates. Pilates, the son of two gymnasts, devoted his lifetime to studying fitness. He eventually developed his signature Pilates method as a way to help heal old injuries and correct poor postures. His exercises and stretches, using the body as resistance, are especially useful for people who sit at their desks all day or sleep on lava rocks at night.