As a citizen of “Track Town USA,” Jeff West has vast experience with all varieties of endurance athletics. An accomplished rower and rowing coach, Jeff balances triathlon training and ultra-distance running with volunteer work as a firefighter and paramedic. At The MultiSport Advantage, Jeff leads a team of coaches as they work with and challenge athletes. Up to eight cyclists hook into the CompuTrainer system, riding against each other in classes that help max out aerobic capacity and refine the economy of one’s biking motion. The center’s custom-made TRX apparatus can also accommodate eight athletes, helping them build dynamic strength by blending body-weight exercises with plyometrics and BOSU balls. The center’s metabolic testing identifies the baseline and limits of an athlete’s capacity, and helps trainers craft a plan for the triathlon students. Triathletes can also rent wetsuits that will keep them dry during the traditional Gatorade and kombucha bath they receive after crossing the finish line.
Students Should Bring: Bottle of water, comfortable shoes
Average Class Length: 90+ minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: No
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
I offer a new perspective to fitness and group fitness. My classes are designed to get you out of your comfort zone. I will keep it fast paced and change up the routines so that your body does not get used to it and so that you don't get bored.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Yes, fast-paced [music] with dance beats keeps the calories burning.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
[I] started in gymnastics when I was 5 years old. Mary Lou Retton was my idol. I have always loved fitness.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I will be opening a studio soon where I will offer pole fitness and other fitness classes unique to the area.
Students should bring: Water bottle
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Everyone smiles here.
When Jay Martin started the Lifeforce Fitness Project in 2006, he imagined it as a yoga studio. But it turned out to be so much more. Jay began to blend cross-training into his yoga classes, adding strength training and cardiovascular exercises into routines that utilized Vinyasa sequences, balance work, and inverted poses. The result was a whole new kind of workout that Jay came to call "Lifeforce Fit". Today, he still teaches traditional hatha yoga classes, but his Lifeforce Fit classes remain the most popular since it blends the physical and mental benefits of several disciplines into one workout, like a relay race with a spelling component.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
It may be called Body Now!, but as members transform their bodies, the studio's staff also wants them to shift their perspectives. Accordingly, they focus on all-around wellness, combining elements of world dance with cardio exercises during Now Fitness! group classes and emphasizing proper posture during Yoga Now! sessions. Wise Woman! classes help older women master functional movement patterns that enable them to win arm-wrestling matches against neighborhood kids. In the fitness center, exercisers can work up a sweat on Cybex and Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bikes, or focus on strength with machines and free weights. Positive sayings unfurl in script across the deep purple walls, motivating members as they blast through 30-minute circuit training workouts.
At Genuine Fitness, ISSA-certified personal trainer Aaron Orton and his staff expedite getting in shape by only scheduling one-on-one workouts with their clients. Ideal for fitness competitors and fitness novices alike, the 30- and 60-minute sessions help tone bodies and burn calories. For proof of the latter, the studio's cardio section only features machines that burn high numbers of calories, such as treadmills, stepmills, and rowers—you won't find low-intensity elliptical machines or human-sized hamster wheels here.