Equipment: LifeFitness, Synrgy360, Hammer Strength, Precor, Marpo, battle ropes
Students should bring: Water and clean, closed-toe shoes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
The certified yoga instructors at Discover the Wonders Yoga invite students of all levels to explore and increase their strength and flexibility in a variety of classes. Hatha classes focus on postures and breathing, and flow classes string poses together with movements and breath. The studio offers morning and evening classes, along with private sessions and reiki healing and seminars.
Susan McInnis' passion for fitness is evident in her resume: she holds certifications in sports medicine, Stott Pilates, pre- and post-natal fitness, and several other areas. As the owner of Windham Pilates & Wellness Center, she leads a team of specialists ranging from nutrition counselors to Yogafit and Pilates-certified trainers. Each is an expert in their field, whether introducing gentle poses and breathing in yoga classes, or building core strength in Stott Pilates mat or reformer classes. Group sessions in Pilates-yoga fusion, cardio-aerobics, and TRX suspension training also help visitors burn calories and avoid the cost of having a treadmill air-dropped through their roof. The studio also provides private nutritional counseling programs customized to encourage weight loss and better overall health.
The trainers at Art of Strength eschew newfangled machines. Instead, they employ only fitness tools that have stood the test of time: weight balls, ropes, logs, sandbags, and boxes. Undulation training with heavy ropes challenges strength and endurance, and kettlebells work the body as a whole and torch calories. Instructors also employ vintage progression weight-training exercises, which leave patrons as strong as ancient warriors or the guys who had to push ancient warriors’ strollers.
In Robby Blanchard's biography photo on his website, he prepares to lift a heavily stacked barbell. The determination is clear on his face—the same determination that carried him through a bachelors of science in exercise, an MBA in Business Management, three CrossFit-training certifications in varying styles, not including the fact he's a USA Weightlifting-Certified Sports Performance Coach. Today he shares his determination and all his fitness knowledge with at his training camp, CrossFit Reach.
During workouts, Robby and two other resident coaches push students through an array of exercises that change every session to boost the body's ability to perform in the 10 domains of fitness, which include power, speed, flexibility, and agility. To do so, students might perform exercises requiring them to run, jump, weightlift, and eventually perform all of those elements at once, immediately qualifying them for a life in the circus.
Perhaps what sets Drive Health & Fitness apart is its trio of owners: they include a personal trainer and nutritional consultant, a doctor specializing in obesity prevention, and Nick Groff, a paranormal investigator on Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures. Or maybe what sets Drive apart is the fact that members can access the equipment 24 hours a day. Those who prefer to work out in groups can opt for fitness classes or yoga sessions, and personal trainees work with trainers who each have at least 10 years' experience.
Maybe what draws some exercisers are the club's amenities, such as the dry saunas, glass-walled showers, juice bar, and onsite childcare. Whatever guests like most about it, they enter Drive Health & Fitness to find a laser focus on health and a sea of smiling faces ready to help them meet their goals.