Within a vibrant, yellow-and-blue-walled workout space, a fleet of free weights, treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical trainers populate the floor. Group workouts take solo regimes a step further, cultivating a sense of community as students perform step aerobics, kickboxing moves, or deeply held yoga poses in a heated studio. Additionally, personal-training sessions allow clients to work with a fitness guru who will custom build a workout that incorporates functional-training tools such as jump ropes, medicine balls, and dip bars, as well as motivating tools such as encouraging words of wisdom and large gentlemen with chainsaws standing behind the treadmills. Guests can drop tots off at the childcare center, which welcomes kids with games, toys, and a television. After workouts, grownups can replenish energy reserves with fresh-fruit smoothies at the adjacent café, where they can also play chess or surf the Internet between weight-lifting sessions. To promote wellness inside and out, they can visit an onsite spa or stop and see the resident chiropractor, who can treat their sports injuries and chronic pain with a range of holistic therapies.
National Yoga Alliance–certified instructor Ginna Turnamian began her lifelong love of fitness under the mentorship of her aunt, a certified personal trainer. She experienced the positive effects of yoga and fitness first hand, and as a result Ginna dedicated herself to sharing her experience with others.
At Hot & Soul Yoga, located within Cirius Fitness, Ginna leads a team of experienced and caring instructors who help students of all ages and skill levels, from advanced to novice, improve their bodies and relax their minds. In studios saturated in a careful balance of heat and humidity, instructors lead noncompetitive hot yoga classes to boost balance, strength, and flexibility while aiming to flush toxins from the body, helping clients safely go deeper into their asanas. The studios also host traditional yoga classes, and each room is outfitted with antibacterial, antiskid Zebra Mat flooring to keep students from falling mid sun salutation and incurring the wrath of that notoriously short-fused star. Hot & Soul Yoga also offers kids’ yoga classes and childcare services in a play area outfitted with toys and games.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Helmed by a team of passionate climbing coaches, all three of The Gravity Vault's locations surround climbers with more than 13,500 square feet of climbable terrain. Walls tower past 40 feet, mimicking such natural rock formations as overhangs, keyhole arches, and slabs, and bouldering areas challenge climbers with a latticework of problems that?unlike most of life's?can't simply be solved with dynamite and a pair of roller skates. Visitors can choose from up to 60 top-rope stations, trusting either the trained staff or a certified fellow climber to man the ropes while they scramble to the summit. When not dangling from a hold or saving lost kittens from a rappel ledge, members can bulk up in the cardiovascular-training area.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
The indoor-cycling haven boasts a team of motivating trainers dedicated to sculpting participants with challenging, full-body workout classes on the multifitness level RealRyder bikes. Built to imitate bona fide outdoor-cycling apparatuses and effectively easy on your joints, RealRyder bikes steer, turn, and lean with your movements, unlike stationary bikes, which stand around and jealously scoff at sweaty attempts toward betterment.