A licensed chiropractor and experienced martial artist, Dr. John Surie started practicing hot yoga when he met his future wife, Natalie. Charmed by her Australian accent and passion for the practice, he soon became an avid Bikram student himself, and in 2002, the husband-and-wife duo opened their first studio with Natalie helming her own curriculum of Bikram-inspired classes. Today, their hot-yoga empire has expanded to five studios sprinkled across the United States and Australia, each teeming with certified instructors who lead students through 13 different class styles. Designed to make hot yoga accessible to everyone, classes range from the studio?s signature Ignite series, which introduces newcomers to the foundations of hot yoga, to intense Shape classes that see stretchers melding hot-yoga and Pilates moves while solving Pythagorean equations.
Each studio comes equipped with special flooring tailored to the humid environment of hot yoga, as well as air-circulation and advanced heating systems to keep fresh, hot air blowing.
Before they co-owned CrossFit Steam, Pat O'Keefe and Franco Monteleone were both All-State sports stars and fitness enthusiasts. They allied under a common mission: to cut monotony and ineffective maneuvering from gym routines. Now, as certified CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Football coaches, they guide guests of all backgrounds through ever-changing workouts, combining the competitive spirit of athletics with weightlifting, cardio drills, and gymnastics techniques.
In addition to classic CrossFit sessions, they host boot-camp classes that draw from the program's fundamentals. They also arrange CrossFit Football regimens—tested inside the industrial-style gym by Superbowl Champion Mark Herzlich—to enhance on-the-field performance and on-the-sidelines bear hugs. Their approach to fitness considers diet as well. On-hand beauty and wellness expert Claudia Colombo-Monteleone has worked with such celebrities as Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts on her way to becoming CrossFit Steam's board-certified holistic nutrition coach.
Seeking the formula for an ideal gym, Bob Bonham spent 15 years exploring other fitness facilities, talking to trainers, and studying equipment—all the while taking note of what worked and what didn't. He put all of his research to good use, opening Strong and Shapely Gym in 1984, packing its 25,000 square feet with professional strength-training equipment and cardio machines. He organized the workout areas by body part, an innovative design concept that won praise from Bodybuilding.com.
Today, you can spot fitness seekers of all stripes at the 24-hour facility, from regular moms and dads to famous bodybuilders. A staff of certified trainers inhabit the gym, conducting personal-training sessions and leading group fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates. The expert staff eagerly supply members with fitness tips and advice, from tactics to prevent workout boredom to instructions for donating old gym socks for use as therapy puppets. The gym boasts a variety of convenient amenities, including onsite tanning, childcare, and a supplements store.
Tabata Bootcamp’s motto is quality over quantity, and certified fitness instructor Stacy DiGiacomo takes this to heart as she pushes her patrons to reach their weight-loss and fitness goals. To help them carve fitter frames, she leads high-intensity cross-training sessions in 30-minute intervals, with a focus on getting an effective total-body workout in a short period of time. She targets patrons’ upper, lower, and core strength with exercises that consist of 20-second microbursts of intensive movement, followed by 10-second periods of rest. These workouts are designed to speed up the body’s metabolism to ensure optimal caloric burn after exercising and can multiply the muscle-building effects more effectively than regularly dreaming about being a world-champion weightlifter. For well-rounded results, she also offers nutritional guidance and arms patrons with quick workouts they can complete in the comfort of their own homes.
The team at Kids Fitness World works to make exercise a fun activity rather than a chore, offering invigorating programs that help children to appreciate the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Colorful gymnastics equipment can be found throughout the gym, along with hydraulic circuit equipment to increase lean muscle and an interactive video arcade that turns aerobic workouts into exciting games.
Kids Fitness World also hosts a rock-climbing wall that challenges climbers' muscle control while improving their balance and helping them prep for the rock-climbing portion of college entrance exams. Parents may also inquire about adult classes in kickboxing, Zumba, Bodysculpt, capoeira, and yoga.