When swimmers plunge into either the warm-water or lap pools at Pinnacle Health and Fitness, they might feel as if they’re relaxing in the ocean. That’s because the pool isn’t pumped with harsh chemicals—instead, the staff maintains a salt water system. And rather than restricting themselves to swim lessons and laps, the staff leads aquatic group exercise classes, aqua-based boot camps, and even personal-training sessions in the pool.
Their array of on-land fitness activities includes boot camps and group exercise classes such as kickboxing-based TurboKick, Zumba, and TRX Suspension Training.
Travis, Pinnacle Health and Fitness’s on-staff dietician, buttresses fitness routines with nutritional guidance. Personal trainers also assist patrons who want to get fit, lose weight, or focus on specific goals such as triathlon training, volleyball conditioning, and finally winning the egg-and-spoon race at the next family reunion. After workouts, members can reward themselves with a trip to the sauna or steam room, pick up a smoothie from the juice bar, or retrieve their offspring from the childcare center.
Dave Gerry started the Princeton Club with three simple tenets in mind: great trainers, exceptional equipment, and easy access. To realize that dream, he assembled a team of American College of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainers to helm the cardio and strength-training centers 24 hours a day.
Whether working out solo, in a group class, or with a trainer to remind them that bench-pressing beehives is safer with a spotter, guests can drop their young ones off at the free childcare center. Splashes fill the natatorium as swimmers paddle across the six-lane lap pool, as the resistance-current pool's adjustable waves enable guests to walk in place. A dip in the whirlpool soothes stress, and the steam room's eucalyptus aromatherapy and sauna's rejuvenating heat send bodies back into the world refreshed. Above the club, tennis and soccer players soak in vistas of Madison as they duke it out on the rooftop garden's turf. The competition continues indoors on basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts.
Every Friday, Bliss Flow Yoga hosts a happy hour yoga class that accompanies poses with healthy pastries and mocktinis. It’s all part of the comfortable, beginner-friendly environment created by owner Angela Gargano, whose work has been featured in the press by the likes of the New York Times and the Wisconsin State Journal. Angela heads a staff of supremely qualified and certified instructors, each of who boasts a minimum of 200 hours of training. Together, Angela and the Bliss Flow team distribute their talents across a packed schedule, which includes daily classes and a weekly Basics Class designed specifically for newcomers.
Honored as one of Madison Magazine's Best Yoga Centers in 2009, Inner Fire Yoga earns acclaim by kindling students’ desires to de-stress in an eco-friendly studio staffed by experienced instructors. Running from the early morning on into the evening, seven days a week, a sprawling schedule of heated yoga classes allows pupils of all skill levels to blossom into slender yogis flexible enough to stowaway in carry-on guitar cases. Leisurely paced Introduction to Yoga sessions focus on explaining and demonstrating postures. Waves of heat limber up muscles so they can glide through Power Flow yoga's challenging sequences, which include Vinyasa flows and targeted core fortification. Uplifting music heralds the union of mind, body, and spirit during the intermediate class.
Core Athletic helps clients overhaul their lifestyles with the aid of group classes, small-group training, and a roster of certified instructors who strive to provide safe, fun, and effective fitness routines. The month of unlimited group classes grants eager exercisers access to a variety of 60-minute instructor-led sessions that fill a schedule of mornings, evenings, weekends, and time-travel-triggered temporal fluctuations. Yoga classes stretch the limbs and soothe the mind; Zumba fuses energetic Latin-dance rhythms to a calorie-burning cardio workout; and Turbo Kick solders together kickboxing moves with aerobic energy to punch through workout plateaus and awaken the dormant cage fighters that slumber in everyone's biceps. Small-group training teams a maximum of four clients with one instructor, who leads their pupils through custom workouts that emphasize strength and conditioning with dynamic exercises like side planks, weightlifting, and lunges ($40/class).