At Metro Fitness, exercisers receive access to top-of-the-line fitness equipment like Pilates reformer machines and TRX suspension training bands. What's more, they receive access to the facility's knowledgable staff, who lead personal-training sessions and fitness classes such as yoga, spinning, Les Mills BodyPump, Body Combat and CX WORX. Newcomers can kick-start their fitness routines by either scheduling a complimentary fitness evaluation or downing a whole can of raw spinach.
Personal Fitness boasts a facility stocked with cardio and strength-training equipment, group fitness classes, a contingent of knowledgeable trainers, and a unique Fitness on Request electronic system that allows gym-goers to partake in dozens of different classes on demand. Sessions are selected from a touch-screen kiosk, then projected upon a 120-inch, high-definition screen within an exercise studio, which supplies enough space for small groups of real or imaginary friends. In-the-flesh direction is provided during instructor-led sessions, which include classes in yoga, Pilates, and Zumba.
O Yoga owner Tiffany Sisko does not differentiate between the novice and the advanced yoga student. She opened her studio as a venue for anyone to practice the art, and to that end, none of her classes are grouped by skill level. She extends her inclusive attitude to her teachings, drawing poses from kripalu, prana, and yin styles to combine their therapeutic effects during fluid Vinyasa sessions. With an eclectic blend of music, stretches, and breath work, she and her team of instructors send each student on a distinct mission of self-discovery.
Even the studio's environment forwards the message of all-encompassing acceptance. Using cleverly recycled decor, Tiffany has crafted a stark yet elegant aesthetic. She repurposed plywood and furring strips—which were ripped up to expose the building's original pine flooring and still-beating heart—as shelves and wall embellishments. The asymmetrical furniture in the open lounge area is molded from the wood of a felled box-elder street tree, whose vibrant red striping adds flair to the grain.
SpaZend infuses modern nail-pampering techniques with traditional Asian influence, inviting clients to remove their shoes upon entering the pristine, relaxing spa. Clients' eyes take in antiques including a century-old Chinese herbal medicine cabinet during the digit-decorating 25-minute basic manicure, which wipes away any vestigial lacquer from previous polishings before treating keratin sheaths with a luxurious soak. Professional fingertip pamperers file overlong talons and pretty up cuticles, preventing them from protruding or invading neighboring knuckles. The footpad-smoothing pedicure lasts for 50 minutes, employing a decadent hot-stone soak to loosen up southern digits for the preening ahead. Calluses take their leave when faced with a professional scrubbing, after which toenails enjoy a trimming. After a fashionable shaping, newly refined toenails easily shine through summer footwear, including sandals, open-toe pumps, and see-through moon boots.
There are no frills at the SaltCity CrossFit gym. Instead of rows of flashy cardio machines, televisions pumping out talk shows, and a diamond-glazed lobby, there is a dedicated staff of certified coaches and an abundance of simple, functional exercise equipment. Amid pull-up bars, free weights, and sandbags, instructors lead groups through the CrossFit program’s innovative, high-intensity workouts, scaling movements to accommodate each student’s level of fitness. The coaching team also provides students with nutritional advice, encouraging diets that are high in lean proteins and vegetables and discouraging the consumption of candies, soda, or fried candies and soda.
Pulse Fitness Studio's students finesse footwork in daily classes set in a sun-drenched studio built for specifically for dance. As an overhead sound system cues up international tunes, Zumba students step into a party-like class atmosphere where an instructor demonstrates the fat-burning shimmies of Latin-inspired choreography. Pulse's varied Zumba curriculum also includes Zumba Toning, Zumba 101 for first-timers, and Zumba Gold, where instructors take the dance steps' intensity down a peg for those with physical limitations. Using further dance-hall inspiration, hip-hop boot camp coalesces funky cardio with resistance training facilitated by weighted boom boxes. Wind down rhythm-fatigued muscles in yoga or Yoga-lates sessions, which combine the core whittling of Pilates with stretch- and flexibility-centric yoga poses.
For students looking to build muscle and strength, coaches turn fitness routines into fun, engaging workouts that students can look forward to, with everything from high-energy boot camps that build endurance with military exercises to toning, tightening T-n-T courses designed to firm up cores and glutes.