Equipment: Precor cardio and strength, Concept2 rowers, TRX, Fitness on Request
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, and a lack of excuses
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Stay hydrated and eat a healthy snack an hour before exercising
The Little Gym's caregivers know that growing up doesn't just mean getting taller; that's why they encourage children to develop social skills and exercise brains as well as bodies. Parents of children aged 3 and younger can participate in their kids' growth by attending parent-child classes in which little ones achieve milestones such as crawling, standing, or sprouting wings and taking flight. Kids as old as 12 expend energy and develop friendships in gymnastics, dance, and karate classes, all held in a noncompetitive environment.
Johnathon Inman dove into personal training nearly 15 years ago while in the United States Air Force. His passion for whipping bodies into shape has taken him to train with the USAF Academy, Bally Total Fitness, and YMCA, before becoming his own boss with Next Level Personal Training. He works with clients one-on-one and gathers groups for boot-camp classes, where people work together to flip giant tires, carry logs, and sing both parts of “I Got You Babe.” Johnathon specializes in weight loss, body-fat reduction, strength building, and core enhancement, and he takes care to include all aspects in his workouts.
Led by owner and championship choreographer Chrissy Smith, the on-point pedagogues at Chrissy’s Dance Academy help funnel youngsters' restless energy into grace, confidence, and full-body fitness. The school introduces students to seven dance disciplines in three joyful studios tailored to specific age groups—for example, Studio 1 caters to teeny dancers with whimsical garden décor and a large bathroom in case of emergencies or embarrassing transmutations into rhinoceroses. Teachers prepare pupils for going on tour with pop stars in hip-hop sessions, demonstrate double-time stomps in clogging classes, and explain how to stealthily irritate coworkers in seated toe tapping. Customers can view the schedule for more information. Classes contain just 8–12 students, allowing for laser-like focus on each two-stepper, who will improve rapidly while sashaying away from lasers. Viewing windows enable proud parents to watch as their children leap like professional frogs, and a variety of eateries and a nearby spa prevent wasted time.
Ara Celi and Robert Godines founded Matador Men's Grooming after gaining years of experience as Rooster's franchisees. They wanted to bring the same quality of service to a venue that felt a little more local, like a classic barber shop. They and their barbers still partner dashing, close-cropped haircuts with shaves, head and face massages, and hot towel wraps. They also offer waxing services particularly focused on grooming the eyebrows, and hair tinting to banish the flecks of grey that show up as people age or slowly become statues.
For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.