Saratoga Fit's Kim McGuire knows that the pull of the refrigerator can be strong. The AFAA-certified group fitness instructor spent her childhood battling chubbiness, low self-esteem, and the barbs of mean-spirited classmates. As a teen, she resolved to rebuild her life by reshaping her body and eating habits. Bolstered by support from her family, she lost the extra weight and resolved to help others do the same. Since then, she's spent more than a decade working in the fitness industry, earning personal-training certification and a tae kwon do black belt, leaving fat too scared to think about ever coming back.
These days, Kim specializes in boot camps, which melt calories and fortify muscles with a blend of cardio, strength training, and core-sculpting exercises. Here, exercisers of all levels challenge themselves in an atmosphere filled with motivation, accountability, and the encouragement from up to 14 others who share their desire to succeed and love of culottes. Free weights tone muscles in the arms, shoulders, and back, and BOSU balls facilitate body-weight exercises that chisel the abs. Using tools such as the USDA and ACSM nutrition guidelines, Kim also teaches the group how to eat smart and requires each participant to submit a log of their daily food and exercise choices to ensure they stay on track.:m]]
Travis Gil believes fitness comes not only from training the body, but from a great mindset as well. He knows that a physical and mental transformation can be intimidating, so he created Fitness Artist to cater to clients one-on-one with custom programs or in small groups of two to eight. He and his staff of fitness professionals alter their regimens in every session, tailoring the workouts to the clients' levels of fitness and individual goals. The private, spa-like facility has individual workout rooms that are contained by frosted glass for privacy, helpful for busy people who may feel self-conscious about going to the gym during peak times. Group fitness rooms, which hold circuit training classes that utllize battle ropes, pull-ups, kettle bells, and slam balls, are tucked away in the back, as well. Private showers and an on-site massage therapist, plus careful details such as chandeliers and crown moulding, help elevate the studio's atmosphere.
Corey House founded F.I.T. Boot Camps to help people get in shape with effective workouts bolstered by nutritional support. To come up with fun, high-intensity boot-camp routines, the staff pored over research and analyzed training formats aimed at burning fat and building muscles. They've seen the results time after time as boot camp members of every shape and athletic ability shed pounds, boost their health, and fare better at family log-tosses. Because the boot camps are indoors, the staff leads them continuously throughout the year, rather than putting members on hold during breaks between sessions or taking the winter off. They help map out smart food choices with nutritious meal planning, and offer private coaching to help members make the most of their workouts.
Natural light pours in through the studio's floor-to-ceiling picture windows as students perform the unified breathing and poses of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar yoga. Classes are held seven days a week, supplemented by private sessions and special events such as kirtans and meditations. Past-event guests have included Gaura Vani, Bhagavan Das, Shyamdas, Dave Stringer, and David Newman. In addition to imparting students with the principles of yoga practice, Yoga Mandali is a yoga school registered with Yoga Alliance offering 200- and 500-hour certifications.
The certified instructors at Hot Yoga Saratoga believe that heated exercise has more benefits than just boosting the body’s flexibility. For nearly 20 types of classes, they warm up their studios to help bodies heal injuries, release toxins, and thin the blood so it can flow more easily to tissues and organs. From silent Bikram sessions in 105-degree heat to yoga sculpt classes set to 90 degrees and upbeat music, the studio aims to have something for yogis of all ages and experience levels.
At Global Fitness, members can burn calories on the treadmill-stocked cardio deck or build muscle with kettlebells and free weights. Group classes, such as spinning, boxing, and boot camps, provide a dose of camaraderie. Patrons can opt into the program that best fits their needs thanks to Global Fitness's various levels of membership.