When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first Athletic Club in Buffalo in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders’ original vision, each of the Rochester locations' employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities that range of up to 30,000 square feet.
In addition to personal training, instructors lead more than 400 group fitness classes—including cycling, yoga, and Zumba—offered each week across their five locations. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms, and the Perinton location has a pool. Three of the RAC locations are for women only, allowing them to workout uninhibited by the company of men or asexual mermaids.
Jennifer Gray puts her 15 years of fitness-industry experience to use formulating goal-oriented programs for women. Gray begins with a healthy helping of circuit weight training and kickboxing before adding a pinch of Pilates, a dash of yoga for flexibility, and a sprinkling of belly dancing for core strengthening. She also strives to help clients develop nutritionally sound eating habits, giving them the tools to avoid fatty, bad-for-you foods such as processed meats and deep-fried statues of Grover Cleveland.
Snap Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because this deal includes the all-access key card, you don't have to let the strictures of "time" dictate when you can avail yourself of cardio and strength benefits. Arrive at Snap super late and pretend you're working out in an Edward Hopper painting, or pound the treadmill at 5 a.m. and get pumped for 6 a.m. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard you've experienced.
After practicing Pilates to overcome physical limitations brought on by Cerebral Palsy, Trent McEntire opened his studio to help others improve their physical wellbeing. His professionally trained team of instructors guides students through various poses designed to strengthen core muscles, correct alignment, and force a tiki drink into the crook of uptight hamstrings. Optimize your chance to reach flexible fantasticality in classic mat classes such as On Balance, which focuses on movement technique and core strength, as well as the new hybrid Cardiolates class, in which students bounce on mini trampolines in attempt to simultaneously breathe deeper and leap springier.
Named one of Detroit's top five Pilates studios by CityVoter in 2010, East Street Pilates and its certified instructors welcome stomach toners and core builders of any age and experience level. During group mat Pilates classes, students strike precise poses and execute movements to build strength and develop a bond between body and mind, led by certified teachers who give active instruction, advice, encouragement, and mental high fives.
Focusing on fitness from an early age, instructors Brenna Medley and Joshua Hunt picked up a wide variety of training techniques while playing everything from hockey to lacrosse to baseball. Today, in their 3,800-square-foot gym, they help others reach their fitness goals with the varied exercises and training styles of CrossFit. Its broad focus—which draws from gymnastics, weight lifting, and track and field—ensures a comprehensive workout, enhancing strength, agility, stamina, and speed. During workouts that change daily, they push participants toward fitness with a variety of equipment, including plyometric boxes, barbells, and pull-up bars. The constantly rotating exercises and drills ensure all muscle groups are equally targeted and stave off the boredom of repetition. As the workouts can be customized to everyone, the trainers offer beginners' and standard courses, as well as CrossFit for Kids, which helps wee ones who are preparing to beat an orangutan in a monkey-bars race.