At CrossFit Port Chester, trainers lead classes that enhance cardio, stamina, strength, speed, and agility. In their gym replete with gymnastics rings, TRX ropes, barbells, and more, they put participants through an intense workout of the day, which consists of full-body, functional exercises that work all muscle groups. To ease newcomers into the method, they first train them on CrossFit’s nine movements with a three-session fundamentals course, ensuring safety while removing any intimidation factors.
RITE stands for Resistant Interval Training Exercise⎯a fitness regimen based on the teachings of professional dancer Lotte Berk that is designed to tone and stretch muscles by fusing resistance exercises, yoga, and ballet-barre workouts. Students of all ages and abilities can build more powerful cores and limbs as well as boost stamina and reduce the stress on their joints. As pupils progress through standing techniques, floor workouts, and yoga poses, they can work at their own pace even while merging into a hive mind with their fellow classmates.
The chief yoga instructors on a staff of dozens, Gina Norman and Stan Woodman aren’t your average couple—or even your average yoga studio owners. A world traveler with a longtime interest in mind-body work, Gina followed her path to Thailand, where she learned the local yoga practice, and then to India, where she studied up on vipassana meditation. Prior to opening Kaia Yoga Complete Wellness Center, Stan was a snowboarding addict and decades-long yoga practitioner living in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Today, the two strive to offer “a yoga for everyone,” with a lineup that includes smooth Vinyasa practice, disciplined Ashtanga poses, hot yoga in a 95-degree studio, and family-friendly fitness classes. After working up a sweat exercising or reciting Ulysses in one of the studio’s classes, students can take the heat off with soothing, natural spa services such as massages, body scrubs, and energy healing. With a long menu of pampering therapies, no aspect of the body leaves Kaia wanting for its own treatment, and the onsite vegetarian café’s baked goods, wraps, juices, and smoothies help guests with the other kind of bodily nourishment.
A team of friendly gurus runs each club. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Washington Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, Pilates and yoga, babysitting services for a tag-along papoose, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.
Studio director Simona Cipriani, like all the instructors at The Art of Control, trained under Romana Kryzanowska, who studied directly under Joseph Pilates himself. The studio, therefore, prides itself on being not only certified, but a direct ideological descendant of Pilates' very inventor.
Many clients come to The Art of Control to take part in group or private lessons, and particularly advanced students can get specialized independent instruction. More than one type of Pilates is practiced at the studio. In mat Pilates, participants work through routines atop their own colorful rectangles, and in reformer Pilates, the Pilates-proprietary workout machines provides resistance to counter participants’ movements, creating an additional strength-training element to build strength and muscle definition. Other classes may incorporate props, such as bands, wedges, and rubber chickens wearing novelty-size sunglasses. Feldenkrais and Zumba classes also speckle the calendar, and teacher-training programs prepare students to teach. Personalized nutrition programs and massage therapy further spoil bodies and increase health. The Art of Control also hosts and participates in events and workshops.
The staff at Pure Fit Club believe that part of improving the body is educating the mind. This is evident at their onsite school for personal trainers, but also in their trainers' willingness to discuss the nuances of fitness and wellness with their clients. Staff nutritionists help gym members create individually tailored meal plans that dovetail with clients' fitness regimens, whether the goal is to lose weight, build muscle, or train for a particular sport.