High-energy Zumba classes join a handful of other group classes, including Pilates and cycling, inside Flex World Fitness. The rest of the gym holds racks of free weights and plenty of weight and cardio machines for people working out on their own or with an invisible friend.
Dozens of sneakers pound Brickhouse Cardio Club Dover?s hardwood dance floor in time to a pulsating beat. When attending one of the club?s Zumba, Hip Hop Hustle, or TurboKick cardio-kickboxing classes, students can contribute to this booming chorus as they let loose and burn calories in groups of up to 50. Certified fitness instructors set a frenetic pace for most dance classes, though they occasionally slow things down for a relaxing yoga session. As soon as their larger groups file out of the studio, they lead personal-training sessions that allow for a workout experience more intimate than bench-pressing a stack of friends? diaries.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
The 60,000 square feet of space at South River Fitness is divvied up between cardio and weight-training equipment and classrooms for Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba classes. But the amenities don't stop there--an on-site day care keeps watch over members? kids and sensitive houseplants during workouts, while an organic smoothie bar refuels guests post-workout.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Dance 2 Fitness guises exercise beneath a cloak of kinetic creativity and fitness artistry. Here, dance-fitness classes torch calories while teaching students new and familiar styles of movement. In addition to well-known Zumba sessions, the studio offers exotic classes, including Bokwa, a pop-music romp that prompts participants to draw letters and numbers with their feet beneath the pulse of each beat. The Caribbean-inspired moves of Carrithyms! transports students to white, sandy beaches, where they cooking fun, upbeat routines and cravings for piña coladas.