A fitness center that’s stocked top to bottom with equipment and amenities offers an array of options for clients looking to get in shape, but it can also be a little intimidating. That’s why the staffers at Club La Maison work tirelessly with clients to build personal fitness routines that help conquer any initial trepidation. Group classes are just one of the many ways they acquaint newcomers or longtime goners to a habit of health, leading sessions in spin, yoga, and BarreAmped-ballet-inspired workouts. Within a separate Pilates studio, they make use of multiple tools such as Reformers, combo chairs, and ladder barrels. Meanwhile, instructors in an on-site pool lead cardio-centric aquatics classes and intense training sessions for the Marco Polo portion of the Goodwill Games. For a one-on-one fitness experience, Club La Maison’s army of personal trainers are always on hand to help clients develop and maintain a custom workout regimen as well as wring out overworked sweatbands. Their facility is also home to several racquetball and tennis courts and youth programs such as dance and martial arts.
Club La Maison also offers birthday parties, camps, and swimming lessons throughout the year.
Nationally board-certified oriental-medicine specialist Nancy R. Radice believes that effective and natural healing can be achieved without scalpels, pills, or robotic nursing assistants. Drawing from ancient practices that date from more than 2,500 years ago, Nancy performs acupuncture and Chinese-medicine treatments to re-establish harmony in the body, stimulating key nerves under the skin with strategically placed needles during acupuncture and precise finger pressure in acupressure massages.
Through Nambudripad?s Allergy Elimination Technique, or NAET, she also helps identify clients? allergies, whether they spring from certain medicines, vegetables, grasses, or plants. After hunting down each allergy, she?ll draw from a range of disciplines?including acupuncture, energy balancing, chiropractic medicine, and nutritional studies?to treat allergies in the hopes of reducing or negating their sneeze-inducing effects.
At Power Yoga Works, winner of the Suburban Yoga category in Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly 2008, certified instructors guide aspiring yogis of all skill levels in muscle-toning and detoxifying classes. The studio's focus centers around the power Vinyasa style, a modality that combines deep-breathing exercises with sequenced sets of flowing poses to help to build strength, increase flexibility, release tension, and purge the mind of distracting heavy-metal guitar riffs. Fledgling flexers receive a proper introduction to the fundamentals during four-week beginners courses that teach body alignment and come with a complimentary yoga mat. The schedule boasts copious classes and meeting times, helping students to salute the egotistical sun seven days a week. A warm, spacious studio allows up to 65 students at a time to stretch and bend without disrupting their neighbors' wingspans.
Shiny silver poles serve as each student's dance partner during Awakenings' pole dance fitness classes, which are designed to, "awaken your inner goddess". But the classes aren't just about learning the art of seduction. By mastering graceful moves on the stationary apparatus, students get a full-body workout that combines elements of yoga, aerobics, dance, and strength training. Aerial arts classes deliver similar benefits, but instead of using a pole, students lift off the ground with
the help of silks and aerial hoops that allow them to perform yoga poses and inversions in the air. But Awakenings also has classes for those who prefer to keep their feet on solid ground?burlesque classes, for example, teach the age-old art of the tease, and incorporate the use of traditional props such as chairs, boas, and Nixon masks.
On his website, certified trainer Bill Abbott admits he may be “the laziest health and fitness expert in the world.” A lack of enthusiasm for drawn-out workouts and strict diets led him to develop the Unstoppable Fitness Formula—an efficient exercise routine that incorporates cardio, resistance, core, and flexibility to burn up to 850 calories per hour. During indoor classes at Fit Body Boot Camp, he and his team lead campers in whittling physiques with suspension trainers and battling ropes, using positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than the intimidation and ridicule employed by sentient refrigerators. In addition to correcting form and technique, the staff helps guests keep metabolisms roasting by doling out expert nutrition advice.
Dan, the head instructor of Shaolin Academy of Self Defense, boasts 25 years of martial-arts experience and black belts in shaolin kung fu and shidokan karate. At his martial-arts studio, where he doesn't get ridiculed for wearing two belts, he and his team of trained instructors teach self-defense techniques during adult, youth, and women's-only lessons.