At East Street Pilates, students twist and tone torsos in rigorous yet adaptable mat and reformer Pilates classes. Led by certified instructors, the schedule’s classes beckon to students of any experience level or pH balance. Within the facility’s carpeted and wood-floor studios, Pilates practitioners in group mat classes stretch limbs and strengthen their cores to resemble Michelangelo’s washboard. For those looking to ease stress on joints weary from high-impact exercise or armoire-juggling nightclub acts, reformer classes supply attendees with straps and springs for modified yet comprehensive workouts. Though not included in this Groupon, East Street Pilates encourages new students to powwow with instructors in one-on-one introductory lessons ($40 for Groupon customers) before taking their first group classes.
Most treadmills require sneakers, or a really rubbery pair of feet. But a special treadmill at The Rochester Athletic Club obliges athletes to don ice skates. The hockey treadmill sends 50 square feet of simulated ice whizzing beneath the skates of training players. Not only can players practice passes along the front lip of the treadmill, where a puck glides to and fro, but they can also tweak the speed and elevation of the treadmill to their skill levels.
This specially calibrated treadmill embodies the contemporary nature of the 28,000-square-foot gym. The modern space's programs include group fitness classes, personal training, and wellness courses for patrons more than 50 years old. Classes utilize abundant cardio equipment, a circuit of Cybex weight machines, and high-definition televisions. And with the Paint Creek Trail and Rochester Municipal Park next door, workouts can get back to basics during boot camp and other seasonal outdoor classes, such as how to outrun a squirrel.
As handpicked songs reverberate through the sun-filled room, certified instructors lend individualized guidance and adjustments as students sequence through challenging physical poses. The scene is a familiar one inside Yoga Planet Studio, where a supportive community of students find eco-friendly principles mingling with a laid-back teaching environment. New owners took the reins of the space in March 2013 and since then have built a staff of nearly one dozen teachers who relieve stress and bolster fitness levels for it students. Yogis of all ages and skill levels fill a variety of classes, including Slow Flow, Yin, and Vinyasa classes, as well as more specialized workouts.
Garnering accolades from numerous athletic associations and websites, Life Time Fitness’s area locations offer various multi-use sports arenas, fitness centers, family recreation areas, and spas for gym-goers of all sorts. Basketball courts, volleyball nets, and racquetball matrices provide tangible barriers to determine out-of-bounds abuses, while audible battle cries on the indoor climbing wall and poolside water slide release workday tension. Calorie burning and muscle building options abound with Life Time Fitness’s impressive array of cardio machines, free weights, and resistance training equipment. Night owls and sleep-swimmers alike will appreciate Life Time Fitness’s 24/7 open door policy. Complimentary lockers and towels sweeten the experience with storage space for your keys and a new patch for your perspiration quilt. Post-work out, relax in the sauna or get pampered at the LifeSpa & Salon.
Charter Fitness encourages exercise sleuths of all ages and fitness levels to uncover toned silhouettes in a television-lined strength training and cardio center. Before embarking on a journey to a world of muscle, Charter Fitness' experienced staff members can demonstrate the safest way to use the equipment. After that, guests roam the facility in search of stretching and core-training zones stocked with mats, medicine balls, and stability balls, which prepare the body to balance on tight ropes or wobbly garden hoses. Charter's clean, modern facilities are equipped with personal showers, locker rooms, and tanning booths (where available, prices vary) for pampering fatigued physiques. Personal training is available for an extra fee.
Level Health & Fitness builds fitter bodies with group classes and top-of-the-line cardio and weight-training equipment. Morning and evening fitness classes mold muscles, as instructors guide hip swivels in dance-based Zumba classes and full-body sweat sessions during boot camp. Solo exercisers can increase their heart rate on ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, and step mills or build sinewy strength for boulder-hurling season using racks of free weights, balls, and bands. Postworkout, Level's contemporary Café Bar reenergizes spent frames with smoothies, protein shakes, and energy drinks. The complimentary Kids Club childcare keeps little ones busy with supervised games and arts and crafts while parents get their daily dose of burn. Separate bathroom facilities offer private lockers to stash valuables, towel service, and showers to wash away workout resin.
"Torture chambers"—that's what Bikram Yoga's founder Bikram Choudhury calls his yoga studios. It's an apropos name for places set at a blazing 105 degrees that feature students twisting their bodies into 26 yoga postures as Bikram shouts: "Lock the knee!" "Lock the knee!" at someone who isn't quite into the desired position.It might sound unpleasant, but Choudhury believes that if you follow his instructions, which are passed on to each Bikram yoga teacher at the various franchises located around the world, you'll "live a better, healthier and more peaceful life.”The yoga guru, who was born in 1946, has strived to live such a life since he was a little boy in India. At the age of 4, after giving up dreams of being a robot, he started practicing yoga with India's most renowned physical culturalist at the time. At the age of 13, he won the National India Yoga Championship and went undefeated for the next three years before retiring as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.However, when Choudhury was 17, his life took a terrible turn. He severely injured his knee during a weight-lifting accident and was told he would never walk again. Ignoring the doctors, he turned to his old yoga teacher, and within six months, his knee was totally recovered. That's when he realized how effectively yoga could heal the body, and he decided to develop his Bikram method.Bikram is a form of Hatha yoga that is taught in specialized studios throughout the world. The studios are always set at 105 degrees, which helps the body flow through the 26 Bikram postures effectively. The studios can be found everywhere from the United States to South Africa to Antarctica's vast polar bear caves.