Monkey bars, rope climbs, tires, and cargo netting adorn the expansive space inside WarriorFit Performance, where dedicated and certified coaches motivate their clients to attempt unconventional exercises in order to challenge both their minds and their bodies. They organize targeted programs, such as a boot camp designed for women and a tactical strength and conditioning program for first responders, along with camps for specific athletes such as quarterbacks or entire teams. In addition to group workouts, WarriorFit offers personal-training packages for individuals.
Helmed by a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader and featured on Channel 69, the classes at Sweat Like a Girl help tone muscles and boost self-confidence at flirty workouts tailored to women's physiques. With step-by-step instructions and a go-at-your-own-pace mantra, the studio's 10 classes suit students of all ages, sizes, and speed-reading abilities. Flirty Girl Fitness instructors scour dance clubs and music videos for sultry moves, then shape them into exciting aerobics routines that target calories for elimination. Pairing pole-based strength exercises with spins and climbs, one-hour Polefit sessions help each student sculpt long, lean sinews and prepare for jousting tournaments. Polates teams the core-bolstering poses of Pilates with tools such as poles, bender balls, and gliding disks to work on strengthening abs and improving posture.
Walking into CrossFit Lehigh Valley for the first time, visitors are bound to notice some differences compared to other, "normal" gyms. For one, CrossFit Lehigh Valley doesn't have any mirrors, or fancy equipment, or egos. That's because the facility views itself as a community where members come together to push and support each other to the next level—a similar process that sparks lifelong friendships in mosh pits. Coaches guide the way through every intense, varied exercise, and a different workout every day challenges individuals to improve on their progress from previous days. The facility boasts over 10,000 square feet of space with supplemental amenities including locker rooms and showers.
Slow and steady wins the race—a good tip for both tortoises competing in races and humans looking to stay healthy while exercising. Instead of seeing how many reps their clients can complete in a session, always egging them on to do more even faster, the trainers at Enlightened Exercise use the SuperSlow technique. Exercisers spend 10 seconds lifting the weight and another 10 seconds lowering it. In addition to making the muscles work longer, the 20-second rep also allows exercisers to focus on proper lifting form, resulting in fewer injuries and more bodybuilding poses. The slow-motion workouts—which take place in a private, distraction-free fitness studio—only need to be performed once or twice per week for 30 minutes.
With specialized equipment and 7,500 square feet of space, The One You Fitness Center invites fitness seekers to bulk up and trim down in its spacious facilities overseen by three-time powerlifting world champion Allen "AJ" Davis. Visitors of the gym may claim space in the locker rooms and explore treadmills, bikes, plate-loaded machines, and rowing equipment. Full-body circuit training preps exercises for upcoming cartwheel races, and speed bag or heavy bag training may allow punchers to manually rustle up a bag of popcorn. A certified personal trainer coaches families, seasoned athletes, and novice exercisers of all ages and educates athletes on the effects of good nutrition and its influence on health, performance, and thermodynamic vision.
No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It’s a pretty stringent philosophy, but it’s one that’s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part support group, Curves is a women’s only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Full-body, 30-minute workouts combine strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and stretching into calorie-torching sessions, enhanced further by the Curves Complete Program. The program, available at an extra fee, supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach. Outside the facility, members and non-members alike can purchase a variety of Curves products, from workout apparel and accessories to the protein powders and vitamins used to build strength or distract people from all of the caterpillars in your medicine cabinet.
At Workout Plus, fitness seekers can conclude a blistering group workout with a dip in the whirlpool or a detoxifying jaunt in the sauna. Instructors lead challenging, up-tempo workouts with names such as Kettlebell Khaos or Calorie Killer, and set members loose on a sea of free weights and Star Trac variable resistance machines including treadmills, climbers, and recumbent bikes.