At first glance, Empire Fitness's mission statement appears simple: "Abundant health is available to everyone." When you stop to consider the implications, though, the mantra takes on a new complexity. Recognizing that true wellness is a multifaceted concept, trainers offers whole-body services designed to work alone or in concert with one another. Their fitness classes' diverse workouts accommodate small or large groups, and their personal training sessions' one-on-one attention preps athletes for competition.
While these training regimens often grab the spotlight, the center's commitment to healthy living doesn't stop once the last rep is complete. Nutritional counseling targets health's dietary components, and massages performed by certified therapists increase mobility and circulation with a series of expert kneads. Many clients opt to combine these services into custom packages, while others blueprint their own journeys. No matter what form their wellness journeys take, clients work toward their goals in a safe, friendly workout environment designed to let bodies "relax and repair."
Inspired by the idea that getting fitness results should be fun and surprising, Imagine That! Dance and Fitness' teachers entertain and enrich clients with subjects such as Zumba, cheerleading, and tae kwon do. In that vein, instructor Monica Saldana claims Zumba classes—in which students swivel hips and incinerate calories to Latin-inspired tunes—always feel like a party, mostly due to the messy breakups staged by teenage actors. Hip-hop and break-dance classes sample other styles of music as teachers train bodies to perform their powerful, rhythm-fueled dance steps. Youth-centric Zumbatomics classes motivate kids to shed sweat like their parents, while tae-kwon-do sessions challenge them to learn discipline, focus, and self-defense.
Daisy Anten loves fitness so much that she came out of retirement to teach it once again—even after a long career owning two fitness centers. With her business partner, licensed professional counselor Donna Peck, she opened Women's Fitness with Daisy: a women-only gym where Daisy could teach Pilates, yoga, circuit training, and her newfound passion, Zumba.
The center creates a supportive environment for women not only through group classes, but also through nutritional counseling and massage therapy. A mother-daughter membership program fosters fitness across multiple generations better than a pull-up bar bolted to a family tree.
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.
Working as a builder, Todd Russo recognized that every component of a home—not just the air conditioner or furnace—needs to work in perfect harmony for effective heating and cooling. That's why he founded REEis and its innovative “whole-house” approach, which leaves no stone, trap door, or insulation panel unturned when it comes to energy efficiency. The company holds multiple contractors’ licenses and reputable accreditations and memberships, and its staff undergoes continual training in the areas of building science and heating and air-conditioning principles. All of this in an effort to go above and beyond the standard Building Performance Institute (BPI) energy-analyst certification for energy auditors.
As part of its holistic home philosophy, the crew specializes in carrying out comprehensive energy audits—to the tune of more than 3,000 Energy Star Home Performance retrofits in 2010 and 2011 alone. It also offers services such as maintaining and replacing temperature-control systems, sealing ducts, and cleaning out dryer vents.
Led by a team of knowledgeable, passionate, and friendly dancers, instructors, and trainers, Evolve Dance & Fitness' classes are designed to inspire. Each of the sessions is not only meant to get participants moving, but also to get them having fun while fitting in a high-octane workout that increases the heart rate. Likewise, classes specifically designed for fitness focus on everything from yoga to Barre method, which draws upon ballet-informed techniques to tone the core while having a solid excuse to wear a unitard.