Body Mechanix’s talented personal trainers, including a nationally ranked strongman and a Harvard grad, didn’t get buff all by their lonesome. Believing that encouragement and camaraderie make as much difference as weight and reps, they cook up ever-changing routines through collaboration with their fellow fitness gurus, a practice that allows them to share ideas and show off their ability to bench-press other bodybuilders. Individual lessons send clients sprinting across indoor stretches of turf or hiking heart rates with cardio and weight machines, whereas group classes help them sweat off inches with fast-paced boot-camp exercises or teach them how to jab out aggression with circuit boxing.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Combining Eastern medical techniques with a Western need for relaxation, PSY Health Town soothes the body and mind with therapeutic baths, energy rooms, traditional herbal medicine, acupuncture, and more. Rid your body of harmful bacteria in the wood-paneled dry saunas, then park yourself on the marble benches of the steam saunas to improve blood circulation, evade steam-averse zombies, and relieve stiff joints. Loosen sore muscles in the cream-and-blue tiled hot mineral whirlpools, then stop by PSY Health Town's restaurant for a few hearty, healthy Korean dishes. End your full day of relaxation in the common area, festooned with lush green plants and massage tables perfect for catching some zzz's. Your admission also includes access to the shower facilities, locker rooms, and inter-dimensional spacetime portal.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
For longtime dancers Rachel Jackson and Aderemi Rucker, the creation of Destined 2 Dance Studio & Performing Arts took a leap of faith. They had performed together as a gospel-infused praise-dance duo for several years, and had been asked many times about offering classes. In 2003, they decided to give it a try, and since then, they've helped both adults and children express themselves through dance. Classes include ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and praise styles, and the studio also has its own dance company.
The bright-yellow bikes inside SpInsane Cycling may be stationary, but the studio's clients certainly aren't. During each high-intensity workout, attendees mount LeMond RevMaster spin bikes, hammering away calories and daily stresses alike. To keep sessions lively, and work the whole body, cyclists periodically hop to nearby mats to perform sit-ups and suspension-band exercises. Besides the encouragement of the studio's
instructors, SpInsane Cycling sessions motivate pupils with rotating playlists of upbeat tunes from the '70s and '80s and artists from Biggie and Tupac to Lenny Kravitz.