The certified personal trainers at Starka Fitness guide exercisers through fun full-body workouts that cultivate strength, balance, and muscle tone. TRX suspension training employs sturdy straps to turn the human body into its own weight machine. Instructors draw from more than 300 bodyweight exercises to help build strong, flexible muscles in the arms, abs, and back. One-hour boot-camp sessions burn calories by pairing indoor and outdoor strength-training drills with cardio exercises, enabling campers to swim through quicksand with confidence. All campers meet with a trainer before the first class, where they set goals to accomplish through jumping rope, tossing medicine balls, and lifting kettlebells. During Pilates sessions, up to 20 students fortify torso muscles and sculpt lean, flexible limbs with stretches and precisely controlled movements. Contact the studio for its latest schedule of classes and Mr. Universe birthdays.
Unlike traditional gyms that take a laissez-faire approach to fitness, letting clients fumble through their own workouts, Orangetheory leads exercisers in innovative personal group-training sessions that run through four distinct steps. Inside the warm, citrus glow of each facility, dozens of treadmills, rowing machines, free-weight sets, and Trx suspension systems await the next interval changeover. Music sends electric currents of energy through the atmosphere as patrons sweat out calories, and personal trainers patrol the aisles, giving pointers for touching up form and blinking out motivational words in Morse code. Clients keep an eye on their heart-rate readouts to ensure they're in the peak range for burning fat and building muscle. After an hour—during which guests complete a 10- to 30-minute interval at each of the four stations—the "orange effect" sets in and jump-starts metabolisms, possibly for days after the workout has ended.
Orangetheory Fitness has been highlighted in the New York Times for its seminal workout plan, which was designed by Florida fitness expert Ellen Latham to help people to turn their workout plateaus into springboards. With more than 50 classes per week at each location, members can capitalize on the gym's personal-training vibe and stimulating group setting at their leisure.
Yoga prevents your mind and body from feuding, which may result in stress, general aches, and sour-jaw. Today's Groupon to Namaste Yoga Studio gets you eight yoga classes for $25 (normally $75) to use anytime within 30 days—that's about $3 per class. Supplement your newfound fitness routine with Namaste's weekly free community class every weekend.
CrossFit Body-Mechanic’s coach Casey Schmidt—who placed among the top 21% of athletes at the 2012 CrossFit Games Open—blasts away body fat with what he calls “the sport of fitness.” He and his students compete against their own best times, heaviest weights, and highest number of reps to become leaner, meaner functional athletes.
Certified personal trainer, Carrie Kukuda, pulls from her own weight-loss and exercise trials when coaching her students through kettlebell, boot-camp, or personal-training sessions. Her 45- to 60-minute boot-camp classes motivate exercisers through kettlebell training, TRX resistance work, running, and yoga moves to tone muscles and jump-start heart rates. In addition to exercise, nutrition guidance leads patrons in slimming down with heart-healthy and energizing meals that eschew bacon-wrapped donuts stuffed in bacon-wrapped donuts. Throughout all programs, Carrie inspires participants to soldier on with endless positive motivation and fitness tips for all types of students.
Snap Fitness members have 24/7 access to the gym's wealth of cardio and strength-training equipment. Each of Snap Fitness's well-kept gyms allow members to use personal keycards to access training rooms during daylight, moonlight, or cloudy, mysterious hours. A bevy of workout machines, free weights, and philosophically constrained enclosementist weights, help keep waiting to a minimum. As an added perk, participants get a 60-minute personal-training session, in which trainers measure a member's strength, flexibility, and endurance in order to draft a custom workout plan. Trainers will also help members become familiar with each piece of equipment's functionality and taste in music.
Staffed by a certified team of yoga-teaching women—some of whom have racked up more than 700 teaching hours—Asana carves out a serene space where people can refuel energy reserves. Students from every skill level downward dog into a variety of classes that cycle between Vinyasa and hot flow to stimulate circulation, feeding muscles with oxygen, or guided meditation that unwinds tendons in classes that focus on relieving stress with meditation. Expectant mothers wind limbs around baby bumps in prenatal sessions, and classes for kids aged 5–10 initiate little ones with stretching exercises, focused breathing, singing, and games. The studio itself reflects inner peace as beams of natural light amble through sheer floor-to-ceiling curtains and soothing music gives patrons back massages.