While everyone knows that a custom suit will fit better and last longer than something off the rack, not many people apply this logic to their bicycles. Bike Zone is working to correct this view by eschewing one-size-fits-all bikes in favor of cycles that are each built to its rider?s body type and intended usage. Staff begin by measuring clients for the correct frame and then adjust the seat and handlebars until each component is as comfortable and easy to control as possible. Clients can also test ride and compare any of the shop?s Raleigh, Trek, and Felt models, each of which has been expertly assembled by an in-store mechanic instead of by North Pole elves.
Bike Zone also specializes in repairs for all brands of bikes, and mechanics can be found manning six separate repair stations any time of day. Each new bicycle bought in the store comes with a free tune-up, and the shop also accepts trade-ins for bike-shop-quality bikes that are in good working order.
The top-level Pilates, GyroMovement, and cardio equipment at Pilates Plus rivals that of a high-end health club, complete with a full-service spa. It's the instructors, however, who use their years of training and unbridled passion for fitness to foster the tight-knit, motivational community of a small gym. Whether conducting yoga classes or doling out healthy tips at the nutritionist-run, onsite café, the staff goes out of its way to make fitness a convenient part of its patrons' lives. The spa's therapeutic massages, facial peels, and waxing treatments make for great post-workout rewards, and the heat from the infrared sauna sinks more deeply into skin than in traditional saunas to further encourage weight loss or make popsicles easier to drink.
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.
Rain or shine, athletes can sprint and juke across the three Astroplay fields that sprawl throughout Total Sports Experience’s 115,000-square-foot facility. Soccer, lacrosse, football, and lawn-mowing competitions unfurl atop two boarded and one unboarded patch of faux grass. Hoopers bank shots off of two Goalrilla posts during pickup games on a full-size basketball court. The onsite fitness center cross-trains athletes with Precor, Cybex, Hoist, and York machinery, and certified trainers help exercisers select the proper equipment to match their fitness goals and sweatband colors to match their auras. After an intense match or solo workout, the sizzle of grilling barbecue and hot dogs wafting from Total Sports Experience’s food court beckons stomachs in need of refueling. The eatery also buzzes with free WiFi, a bonus for parents looking to multitask during a little one’s team practice.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Wergo Inc. owner Chris Sutton, a personal trainer with more than 15 years of experience, specializes in sculpting tighter torsos, conditioned calves, and enhanced vitality by designing custom fitness programs that meet individual fitness goals. By actively avoiding muscle isolation and habitual acts of hulked-out power lifting, Chris and his team of trainers tailor workouts to each client’s lifestyle and views on cloning technology, especially when considering the productive possibilities of having a third hand.