On Rochester Municipal Park’s wide expanse of grass, figures crab-walk, perform squat-jumps on picnic tables, carry sandbags, and bunny-hop. It may sound like the most playful available version of a zombie apocalypse, but it's actually part of Urban Outdoor Workouts and its ever-changing boot camp. The workouts—designed to be fun and unintimidating—cycle through 10 major fitness factors, including agility, strength, and stamina. Boot campers zero in on those goals by performing everything from towing tractor tires behind them by a rope tied around their waists to sprinting in terror from Bigfoot through wooded trails. Instructors customize each session to individuals with beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness routines, allowing people to find exercises suited to their proclivities.
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.
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.
At Yoga Refuge, teachers with hundreds of hours of training and up to a decade of professional teaching experience help students of all skill levels learn the mind-and-body-building practices of yoga. The schedule encompasses a wide variety of styles, from the deeply spiritual Jivakmuti to the self-fulfilling, stress-reducing practices of Kripalu. Students progress at their own pace, learning healthy alignment and breathing practices in basic coursework and eventually mastering advanced movements that can be used to communicate which direction a dog was facing without a single word.
RealRyder bikes aren’t like your average stationary bike. Equipped with an articulating frame, the RealRyder ABF8 can steer, lean, and feel like an actual road bike. Using these new developments, trainers design integrated workouts that not only develop the legs and cardiovascular system but also the upper body, core muscle groups, and sense of balance.
Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded their first gym in Buffalo in 1980 and now boast a network of six women-only gyms. In addition to personal training, instructors at these facilities lead hundreds of group fitness classes, including cycling, yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms, and the Perinton location has a pool, which hosts such classes as Aqua-cise.