You won't find complicated membership requirements, fad workouts with no pay-off, or unfriendly equipment at Fitness 19. Instead, you'll find a gym that, for more than a decade, has met its goal: to be an affordable, family-friendly workout center. Here, members have access to a wealth of free weights and Life Fitness cardio equipment in the form of treadmills, stairclimbers, and ellipticals. They can also take advantage of personal-training sessions that pair them with professionals who help them reach their goals, whether that be weight loss or becoming the body double of Michelangelo's David.
At American Fighter MMA Academy, instructors integrate modern fighting philosophies while abiding by the ancient bushido code of the samurai. Training students aged 4 and up, instructors specialize in the teaching of ryukyu kempo pressure-point self-defense and Brazilian jiu-jitsu submission. Classes help mold and hone balance, hand-eye coordination, focus, and self-control in students and teach trainees to count to 10 in Japanese and dream in Bruce Lee fight montages. Cardio-heavy Les Mills BODYCOMBAT classes aim to get hearts racing all while toning muscle and improving self-confidence.
John G. Essel, Boot Camp Challenge's American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified instructor, and his sculpted staff of fitness friends, whittle flabby flesh suits into well-tailored muscle tuxedos with a program of fun, intense exercises. With six 60-minute boot camp classes over a two-week period, bodies of all shapes and sizes will see tangible results, from the shedding of a few extra pounds to the fresh buds of a Hulk Hogan–style mustache. Personalized attention helps guide nutritional habits, strengthen muscles, increase endurance, and condition the cardiovascular system, and the body composition assessment allows students to track results in real time. Working out in a group is a great way to meet friends, share successes, build camaraderie, and discuss how great another Police Academy movie would be.
The instructors at Inner Drive Fitness take their cycling seriously. Astride state-of-the-art FreeMotion S11 stationary bicycles, they turn indoor cycling classes into adventures, replicating the rush of real-life races with footage splashed across a large-screen projection system. Their top-of-the-line audio system also keeps students motivated, pumping out techno jams and invigorating bald eagle screeches. The high-octane cycling sessions often blend in aspects of other fitness disciplines, with classes incorporating everything from strength training to yoga moves.
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 at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Platoon's two-hour self-defense training course was developed by Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Noah Spear as a means of training teenaged girls and women in easy and effective techniques to escape a physical attack. She leads the small classes, giving personalized instruction that allows participants to perfect street-smart self-defense moves in an intimate setting. Practice on a real-live man before heading out into the wild armed with the knowledge and the ability to dodge danger. Call ahead for availability.