At Cardio Fit Sports Club, a sea of free weights floods the weight room, where strength-training machines, elliptical units, treadmills, and cardio machines also beckon visitors to work toward their dream bodies. Experienced trainers draw upon experience in martial arts and other disciplines while leading workout classes targeted at certain muscle groups. The instructors also design courses according to the needs of seniors, cheerleaders, recent mothers, or guys who have to pick up all the anvils and pianos at cartoon crime scenes. The driving rumble of high-energy bass lines drifts from Zumba sessions, and relaxed sighs waft from a yoga room.
The dance-fitness style from which Karingah! Boutique Fitness Lounge takes its name is African at its core, but also reflects Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American dance traditions. Love for other parts of the globe isn't limited to the studio space, however. Karingah's Fit for Free program pledges a donation to anti-human-trafficking organizations for each class you attend, be it Karingah!, Zumba, Pilates, or Fusion Barre.
Though now spread over the United States with 27 locations, Crunch gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment, not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch gyms' fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
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-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, which are enhanced 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 nonmembers 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 medicine cabinets.
At Studio 101 Fitness, gym goers mix and match classes, focusing on bellies at Abs 101, calorie-burning dance steps during Hip Hop & Jazzercise, and total-body toning with Cross Training’s cardio- and strength-conditioning regimen. In the gym, members craft their own routines, heaving Troy Barbell & Fitness Products in between sessions on treadmills and stationary bikes.