The fitness instructors at Studio SWE keep their classes accessible and fun. They welcome clients of all experience levels into group classes such as Zumba, core work, and boot camps, which incorporate kettlebell exercises and just the perfect amount of blinking. On select nights, the studio transforms into a party venue for line dancing classes.
Sunlight pours onto the exposed-brick walls of the Jowers Training Systems private training facility, where exercise rings dangle from the ceiling and colorful weights line the shelves. Throughout the week, the facility is a flurry of motion as students of all ages and fitness levels undergo high-intensity exercise routines as well as personal- and team-training sessions. Personal-training sessions adhere to the specialty program designed by certified personal trainer and fitness aficionado Jeff Jowers, who combines fat-burning exercises with nutritional guidance to banish unwanted pounds more efficiently than traditional workouts or covering yourself in helium balloons. In team-training sessions, Jowers and his staff bring the same level of intensity, adding an element of teamwork that encourages all students to celebrate each other's successes, work harder to achieve goals, and hit new personal records.
These two gyms work in tandem to improve their clients' fitness by focusing on crossfit training, an exercise regimen that strengthens the body's core. To strike the perfect balance of support, competition, and camaraderie, classes are taught in small groups of no more than 15 sweatband-sporting students. Trainers begin each class by warming up your body with guided stretches and a few minutes inside a preheated oven. Once muscles are melted and limbs are limber, your trainer will surprise you with a regimen of brow-beading exercises that boosts strength, agility, and speed. Trainers will closely monitor students, giving them personalized feedback and suggesting modifications tailored to their skill set and needs. After a final cool down, students will be free to use their newfound strength to create shortcuts through life's many inconveniently placed walls.
ELEV8's studio environment acts as an accessible arena for fun and challenging co-ed and women-only fitness classes that cater to shape-shifters of all experience levels. Greet the sun with something other than a curse and a strong fist-shaking with the Sunrise Yoga course, which uses soft morning poses to ease students into a state of total awakeness. For something more intense, opt for an invigorating Zumba class and get a fat-blasting aerobic workout while honing your Latin dance moves. ELEV8 also offers mat Pilates and Yogilates, a yoga/Pilates hybrid that lets indecisive centaurs experience the best of both workout worlds.
Whether they are coaching athletes or leading boot-camp classes, the trainers at The Xtreme 18 reach beyond verbal motivation to inspire their students with individual attention, specialized training, and a community support system. Inside their gym, a trove of advanced fitness equipment challenges muscles to rethink monotonous routines. The ThunderBell—a modified dumbbell with handles on either end—can act as a kettlebell, barbell, or scepter for summoning Thor's strength during weightlifting workouts. Staff members might also attach resistance bands to various body parts for agility and plyometric drills, limbering and strengthening physiques for a boost in sports performance.
Though its gear strikes many as high-tech, The Xtreme 18's setting is accessible and family focused. Classes grouped by age welcome students as young as 6 to tackle bodyweight exercises and endurance trials, pushing them toward a lifetime of healthy habits and fitness.
At NW Fitness 24/7, even the aerobics classes are available 24/7. Thanks to the facility's use of Fitness on Demand, a online fitness video provider, guests can conjure five different types of classes with the touch of a button, then follow along as the workout is projected on a screen. One class series, the Move Series, incorporates fitness favorites such as yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing, while another, the Induro Series, provides cycling classes with scenic landscapes so riders can picture themselves riding through South Africa, Ireland, or the Milky Way. For more personal instruction, exercisers can enlist a trainer to design a fitness and nutrition program tailored to their goals, or they can opt to workout at their own pace using the facility's cardio machines, free weights, and strength training equipment.