Raynham Athletic Club is a family-oriented club with classes for all ages. In addition to a full weight room stocked with Hammer Strength weights, resistance machines, and Cybex circuit-training machines, the club also has a cardio theater populated with Precor machines including treadmills, stationary bikes, and ellipticals. For guided fitness, trainers lead personal-training sessions as well as more than 15 group exercise classes such as yoga, Pilates, Zumba, basic fitness, aqua aerobics, and kids' fitness.
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.
Metro South Athletic Club boasts 33,000 square feet of weight rooms, cardio studios, group classes, and other athletic amenities to transform tired bone cages into lean, muscle-magnifying machines. Fitness fans can join fellow fat blasters on the five racquetball courts, meet up with a certified personal trainer in the 15,000-square-foot weight room⎯equipped with more than 100 pieces of strength equipment––or fondly recall days of popping wheelies in the living room while saddled atop one of the spinning studio's 20 Schwinn IC Elite workout bikes. Recently reformed couch potatoes will appreciate cardio theater equipment that allows them to boost their endurance as they live out dreams of running toward Pat Sajak in slow motion, while a lineup of more than 20 weekly group classes tightens tummies and invigorates aortic valves with help from motivating peers.
Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
Each instructor on Bikram Yoga Stoughton’s staff has a certification to teach Bikram Choudhury’s original series of 26 yoga postures. As Choudhury intended, students strike said poses in a heated studio that mimics either the climate of India or the feeling of lying down on a freshly microwaved water-bed. These high temperatures loosen the body as it performs each series of strength- and flexibility-boosting contortions. For youngsters, the studio also schedules YogaKids classes and hosts yoga-themed birthday parties.
Courtney and Corey Nappa complement each other’s skill sets well. Courtney has a wealth of business experience and a passion for beauty, and Corey has years under his belt as a personal trainer and fitness-center manager. They realized that they could combine their skills into an ideal health-club experience, and Ten X Club was born.
On the fitness end of the business, instructors hold group Pilates, yoga, and spin classes. Cardio and weight-lifting rooms feature equipment from manufacturers such as Nautilus and Precor. A kids’ playroom keeps tykes entertained while parents shed sweat. On the other end of the spectrum, the sleekly appointed salon features hair services, mani-pedis, and spray-tanning services in a quiet environment, the air perfumed with the scent of hair products. Here, too, members can send their kids to the playroom while they enjoy grownup relaxation time with beautifying services, adult conversation, and the freedom to eat animal crackers any way they choose.