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.
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.
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.
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.