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.
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.
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.
Bally's story can be traced back to the late 1930s, when a little-known pinball manufacturer in Chicago, Illinois, refined its factories to produce flight equipment for World War II. Ballyhoo's business diversified and boomed in the ‘50s, and within 40 years they became the largest owner and operator of fitness centers in the world. Though their size has ballooned, their mission remains the same: to help each of their clients achieve their ideal bodies through personal training, high-tech workout machines, and heart-pumping group classes. The gym's approach to fitness educates and introduces exercisers to workouts without a steep learning curve or mandatory speed dates with elliptical machines.
Students have been learning self-defense at Villari Martial Arts Centers across the country since 1968. The Syracuse location—which is run by Ken Canestraro, a seasoned martial artist who was awarded master status by Grandmaster Frederick J. Villari—is no different. The facility's specialty is shaolin kempo karate, a martial art created by the aforementioned Villari. Other disciplines taught include ninjutsu, kung fu, and jujitsu training for kids as well as tai chi training for adults and kids. The facility welcomes men, women, and children of all ages to participate in both practical martial arts classes and self-defense classes.