Jackie Tamminga, co-owner of Tammcor Fitness with Keith Tamminga, draws on more than two decades of experience in the fitness industry each day. She slips through the club, overseeing trainers during complimentary sessions introducing guests to safe and effective techniques. Cardio machines purr, punctuated by the percussive, metallic sounds of resistance machines, free weights, and Olympic gold medals just being tossed on the medal pile. Music drifts from group fitness classes covering workout methods including salsa, yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and spinning. Patrons of all fitness levels mingle in the gym, and special programs cater to groups including the elderly.
With more than 12,000 square feet of workout facilities, Shapes offers exercisers a bevy of options and resources designed to heighten their health. An array of dumbbells, medicine balls, and weight machines will leave patrons confidently able to win the next family reunion tug-of-war or frozen-turkey-tossing contest. Group fitness and Zumba dance classes give members a comfortable environment in which to try out new exercise techniques, and the fleet of treadmills, stationary bikes, and rowing machines satisfies those who love travel but hate destinations.
The family that owns ProMatx nurtures an atmosphere of community among gym members by hiring an encouraging staff that supports exercisers rather than intimidating them. A three-month membership to ProMatx unlocks access to the center’s group fitness classes, including the Latin dancercise craze, Zumba, as well as the Cybex fitness machinery that inhabits the gym floor. The three-month Body Transformation program takes place under the tutelage of a personal trainer or within a human-size cocoon. Before crafting a fitness regimen, trainers gather important data during a body assessment of each client, calculating body-fat percentage and taking other measurements to pinpoint the areas that workouts will target. Trainers then outline an individualized workout and cardiovascular routine that exercisers pursue between bright walls that are lime green, yellow, and orange, like the inks on a clown's mortgage. Over the course of three months at ProMatx, patrons can further their fitness prowess by partaking of a one-on-one training session, which adds more targeted moves to their exercise arsenal. A personal nutrition program rounds out the package, detailing healthy meal plans and which type of lettuce is best to eat while squat-pressing a bale of spinach.
Fit Time for Women leads an all-female ensemble through energizing, calorie-kicking classes, including Flirty Girl sessions, which harness the power of dance to tone and trim torsos. Tara, an experienced instructor, models sensual movements drawn from music videos, pole routines, chair dancing, and the peacock's courtship ritual to transform workouts from repetitive drudgery into spirited hullabaloos. Up to 30 shimmiers per class undulate abs, gyrate shoulders, and pop hips to the heart-pumping tunes of club music. After learning Flirty Girl's fun, steamy dance routines, students strut away with enough confidence to cartwheel into their bosses' offices and demand all office chairs be replaced with gilded thrones.
Following a six-day-per-week class schedule offering one to two classes each day, the OM place's pliable instructors steep clients of all physical abilities in the practice of various yoga styles. Up to 24 students per class ease into asanas with Yoga Basics classes that teach fundamental postures, as well as Slow Flow sessions focused on connecting breathing with movement. Further up the metronome, Yoga Flow classes vigorously guide yogis through swift Vinyasa movements in a 76- to 80-degree room, and on the third Wednesday of each month, the class morphs into Yoga Pulse to sync the dynamic flow with live drumbeats. Slow Stretch class members use props and specialized breathing to help soothe weary bodies and relax minds feverish from prolonged Rubik's cube ordeals.
Fitness, Friends and Fun is a gym on a mission. So named because founder Veronica Rosignoli believes that clients can love exercise if fitness routines are community-oriented and fun, this fitness center prides itself on being welcoming and accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Here, members will find cardio and strength-training machines, 37 group fitness classes per week, free weights, personal training, and nutritional counseling, as well as free childcare in the afternoons and early evenings.