Just because weight loss takes discipline doesn't mean it can't also be pleasant. So say the folks at MS Slim, who outfit every client in plush robes, serve them herbal teas, and lead them into tranquil private rooms before each treatment. In this spa-like atmosphere, the staff takes a personalized approach to helping clients meet their image and weight goals, forsaking boilerplate models for solutions that fit the client's unique needs and maintain an emphasis on creature comforts.
At MS Slim, the journey to weight loss follows different routes for different people. Treatments such as i-Lipo, Zerona body sculpting, and anticellulite wraps may entail divergent methods, but all result in bodies that can slide into stowed-away skinny jeans and old rabbit holes to Wonderland. MS Slim also hosts many beautifying stopovers on the way to the golden scale, including a docket of skincare services, massages, yoga, and a carbon-infrared sauna where clients can relax and burn calories without having to bench-press their hypnotist.
At My Lean Body Fitness, friendly, knowledgeable trainers help students overcome self-doubt and mental blocks with boot-camp regimens and dance workouts. Zumba sessions set bodies in motion with infectious rhythms, and cardio kickboxing tones muscles and burns fat with swift punches and kicks. Nutritional guidance and healthy recipes amplify full-body workouts and circuit-training classes, ensuring bodies are fueled properly for building lean, powerful muscle.
Monique Jaime of Yoganette Yoga describes her MO as an instructor: “I teach a style called Vinyasa Flow; it is called this because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. This style allows a lot of variety, but will almost certainly include Sun Salutations—expect movement, not just stretching.” Jaime and the several other instructors share personal anecdotes about their professional work, in which they lead students through a variety of yoga classes, from rhythmic, dynamic yoga flows to slower-paced, stress-relieving sessions. Their flow-based classes focus on strength, balance, and flexibility, and their detox classes use twisting poses and inversions to help the body cleanse itself, which is also what the body of the Catmobile would do if it existed. The team teaches barre-fusion classes that combine barre and core work with yoga poses for sweat-inducing, fat-burning workouts. Along with yoga classes, the studio hosts knitting and crocheting meet ups, meditation series, and workshops that help awaken the chakras for improved overall wellness.
Marcus Martinez, a seasoned MMA and UFC trainer, puts his strength-training and conditioning expertise to use at MBody Strength, where he leads a series of fitness classes. Classes in Marcus’s schedule include general self-defense, mixed martial arts, martial-arts conditioning, and Brazilian jujitsu.
Equipment: Megaformer M3
Students should bring: Towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
When CrossFit RIOT co-owner and head coach Derek Fay was younger, he was into powerlifting. Even though he wasn't being coached and knew his form wasn't great, he kept ramping up the weight—until he was diagnosed with herniated discs, leading to nearly two years in physical therapy. His back was so damaged that his doctors predicted he'd never lift weights again. But after he finished therapy, a friend introduced him to CrossFit sessions, where he was coached in safe lifting techniques and proper form. Today, he can dead lift more than 500 pounds.
But CrossFit RIOT isn't just for powerlifters. Derek and the other coaches strive to help members of all ability levels reach their fitness goals, from climbing stairs with greater ease to losing weight. Their high-intensity functional workouts can be scaled to be challenging—but not impossible—for everyone, and they emphasize executing good form, which helps to prevent injury.
The exercise routines change each day to keep bodies challenged and minds engaged. Throughout the one-hour workout of the day, they might lead students in swinging kettlebells one day and doing lunges and sprints the next. Classes are capped at 12 students, and the coaches are also available for personal-training and nutrition advice, such as choosing to snack on carrot sticks instead of butter sculptures.