Torching Tabata and Spunata aren't the names of heavy metal bands—they're just two of the many funky and fun classes at Tone Zone. Others, including Cardio Kickbox, Butts & Guts, and Cycle Zone, all do what Torching Tabata and Spunata do—help participants to build muscle tone, rev up metabolism, and boost endurance. The client-first mentality of this fitness studio trades impersonal big-gym workouts for small, interactive classes helmed by motivating instructors. The studio also offers personal training sessions for those who want to work actively toward specific goals, such as losing weight or finding work as a Greek statue.
Founded in the late '60s, Lucille Roberts' studios were some of the very first gyms that focused exclusively on women's health. Now with locations spread across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Lucille Roberts have kept up with the times with such classes as Zumba, Flirty Girl fitness, hip-hop aerobics, and Piloxing, a combination of Pilates and boxing. The gyms also sell weight-loss products such as green coffee bean capsules, raspberry ketones supplements, and anti-gravity rays.
The official school of Ballet 180, Studio 180 offers summer camps and classes to students of all ages, including those as young as two. Instructors aim to provide personalized attention, emphasizing individual growth. In addition to dance classes that range from hip hop to jazz to ballet, Studio 180 also offers yoga courses led by certified teachers.
The Inspiration & Wellness Studio, a part of The Women's Empowerment Series, offers fitness and wellness classes that imparts comprehensive wellness knowledge to participants. The Women's Empowerment Series itself is a suite of workshops and seminars focused on women's health, psychology, and professional development. With classes focused on pre-teen development, middle-age, and post-menopausal health, the series tackles every stage in a woman's life from birth to young adulthood to the chrysalis phase. Physical-health topics include specific workouts such as Zumba, Pilates, yoga, and tae bo, nutritional classes exploring vegan and raw foods and holistic health, and disease management. The programs also include a workshop for parents of children with concussions, a session on aging in America, and programs on dealing with finances and health after a loss.
Equipment: Kettlebells, TRX, dumbbells, barbells, Precor, FMS, Life Fitness, and bikes
Students should bring: Bottled water, comfortable clothes, and a towel
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
When women find a fun new fitness class, they talk. Which is lucky for Aerobic Rhythmics, since it was primarily word-of-mouth that caused the aerobic workout to spread throughout 20 schools in Montgomery and Bucks counties, community buildings, and church locations since the first class in 1980. Instructors lead them through engaging, high-energy routines with nothing but resistance bands, hand weights, and mats, which produces lasting results.