Team 2 Sweat's dedicated trainers believe that the path to fitness is a journey that spans the mental, physical, and spiritual realms. They strive to build healthy, sustainable practices in their students as they create a fitness-minded community that tackles obesity and harmful habits head-on. During each class, they overhaul unhealthy lifestyles with aerobics, boxing, cardio, and self-defense, leading students through 16 exercise stations in varying levels of intensity. The class ends with a cooldown before a short prayer and meditation session to balance the mind.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
One of the oldest paths to discipline and self-development, Martial Arts have been practiced for thousands of years, not just to be able to defend oneself, but to nurture the best aspects of one's innermost nature. At Brown Institute of Martial Arts, Guru Jeff Brown and his team of instructors relay this importance to each of their pupils, whether it's intense muay-thai kickboxing or introductory classes designed specifically for kids. With classes designed for all levels, the schedule aims to accommodate students of all ages and experience levels.
Concentrating on not-from-concentrate fresh juices, smoothies blended to order, protein shakes, and locally roasted Boston Stoker coffee, Locolicious blends crazy delicious drinks from a full-service thirst-quenching establishment. A liquid mouth-injection of 100% juice ($4) helps cut down on colds, strengthen bones, and improve one’s understanding of Inception, using the pure nectar of carrots, green apples, or fresh oranges. Locolicious can also combine juices into healthy medleys, forming nutritious harmonies such as Viva La Veggie’s ($4.50) mélange of celery, carrots, beets, parsley, and the opening chord from most ’80s training montages.