Former college-football player Michael Reeves draws on his years of training and a degree in physical education as president of and a personal trainer at Top Form, a gym and field house. Whether training teams of young athletes or adults looking to get into shape, he blends his academic and practical experience to leave clients with a mental cache of exercises and routines. During personal-training sessions for individuals or groups, Reeves’ cadre of instructors uses muscle-isolating equipment such as stability balls, free weights, and medicine balls to shape cores or kick off impromptu games of dodge ball. On the artificial turf of an indoor field, athletes perform functional-movement drills while pulling weight sleds.
Reeves' wife and the gym’s vice president, Jen, leads mothers with newborns and toddlers through yoga-inspired workout classes. Little ones lie down or break dance on mats during the stretch and light-weight session as parents and progeny bond.
Spreading across five floors of the Steuben Building, Steuben Athletic Club houses a plethora of exercise machines and fitness classes to help clients achieve their ideal physiques. Initiate a personal transformation or maintain an already-sculpted silhouette with a month of full access to Steuben's fleet of treadmills, stationary bikes, and magical flying yoga mats. When taking a break from the club's immobile modes of transport, customers can bolster their biceps in the free-weight room, glide through the chlorinated waters of the swimming pool, or cultivate sweat beads in the sauna and steam rooms. Social exercisers can work alongside other fitness enthusiasts in any of the gym's classes, including body-strengthening yoga sessions and intense spinning courses, fast-paced regimens that utilize hardcore Ring Around the Rosie repetitions. Check the club's class schedule for up-to-date information.
With three gorgeous and wide-open spaces in which to cultivate the seeds of spiritual well-being, The Center for Nia and Yoga mends the rift between mind and body with a schedule chock-full of Nia dance and yoga classes. Nia is an eclectic fitness and lifestyle program that incorporates dance steps, martial-arts movements, and funky grooves in a soulful expression of spiritual harmony. Trainer Casey Bernstein leads students through the joyful motions, boogying up the foothills of nirvana in classes that emphasize both community and personal restoration. Friendly yoga instructors make sure that wayward chakras stay in line with a litany of athletic and restorative yoga styles that range in intensity from gentle stretching to vigorous flows. Beginners and experts alike can rack up frequent-levitation miles in Vinyasa yoga flow or deep-relaxation classes, and pre-natal courses produce babies that mediate rather than whine. Occasional community dance jams and activities make this premier studio a superb place for students of all ages to practice asanas or train for upcoming Bollywood casting calls.
Like many licensed massage therapists, Sara Ashline at Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts is a master of the flowing effleurage and focused petrissage strokes of the Swedish technique. But Ashline believes that massage can deliver more than just relaxation, which is why she studied both fertility and pregnancy massage as well as the Pinocchio modality, which turns wooden puppets into real firewood. She offers her bodywork services at Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts, a community center dedicated to yoga, meditation, and other wellness activities.
The mama of Mama Nirvana's New Yoga—owner Ruth Anne Lundeberg—draws on her experience as a dancer and a devoted student of Theravada Buddhism to helm a staff of seasoned instructors. The staff imparts yogic skills with a focus on safety that earned the studio the Best Place for Yoga title in the Valley Advocate’s 2013 readers' poll. The recently remodeled Easthampton studio brims with daily classes for all skill levels, including calming Hatha sessions ideal for brand-new yogis. In addition to the yoga offerings, mat-based Pilates workouts can bolster balance and posture without aggravating injuries, relying on moves that isolate and fortify the core muscles.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.