Active Fitness prides itself on its friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and for the last 20 years, patrons have noticed. A team of certified personal trainers stands at the ready throughout the spacious fitness center, helping guests buff up on the weight-training equipment or burn calories on the rows of more than 50 cardio machines. Their goal is to make each guest feel like they’re part of a team, rather than just another membership number, which they stress in their small-group classes. Their classes include VastForce, an intense circuit-training class that combines elements of rock climbing, suspension training, and rowing, in which they coach each exerciser to complete the routines at their individual fitness levels. They also helm personal-training sessions, in which they push patrons toward their fitness goals—from running a marathon to losing a few pounds to flying 2 feet—with tailored routines and nutrition counseling.
Home may be where the heart is, but a gym is where that heart stays fit. The family-owned Pinnacle Fitness & Wellness fits both roles with a staff of personal trainers, fitness class instructors, and a resident nutritionist who helps each client achieve their fitness goals in an intimate workout environment. Group fitness classes provide a supportive environment for students to shape and tone their bodies through Zumba, cardio kickboxing, and TRX training. Instructors even lead students in Flirty Girl Fitness classes, which aim to strengthen the core and create long, lean muscles using moves from pole dance routines, music videos, and speed dating seminars. Personal trainers also led small group fitness workouts for two to five people and individual sessions that take into account each client’s fitness level and needs to craft a specialized program geared toward sport-specific training or weight-loss goals.
In the eyes of an exercise enthusiast, 700 Fitness looks like a playground. Heavy ropes, tall boxes, and mallets wait to be hurled or jumped on. Bars of different heights support bodies as they swing up into the air, and elastic, neon straps provide resistance for challenging body-weight exercises.
But much like a ventriloquist dummy, the equipment is useless without some instruction. With the help of 700 Fitness's trained instructors, students weave through fitness circuits, KO punching bags, and learn how to always win The Floor is Lava game during parkour classes for all ages.
Certified personal trainer and owner of The Fitness Studio Darcy Björnsson believes that an active lifestyle is within reach for everyone. She opened The Fitness Studio to combine the benefits of TRX suspension training, cardio, and strength training into one efficient workout. Offering both one-on-one training and small-group fitness training in her TRX studio, Darcy helps clients get into and maintain the best shape of their lives.
At Still Point Yoga Center, a Hatha-yoga studio and wellness center, certified instructors help students learn to focus on self-awareness, offering small classes and individual attention to improve their posture and flexibility. In addition, clients can come in for meditation and holistic massage treatments from the licensed bodywork professionals on staff.
The certified coaches at CrossFit OTG can fine-tune their repertoire of movements to condition many different types of bodies, which is why they are easily able to train rugby players and CEOs in the same space. The team—which includes a former police officer, an elementary-school physical-education teacher, and founder Nick DiMatteo—encourages guests to reach outside preconceived definitions of fitness during intense, communal workouts. They pile an ever-varied mix of resistance and cardio drills into group classes and sport-specific routines, drawing from established functional exercises that mirror real-life actions. During private sessions, they broaden the scope of the program to cover nutrition and motivational strategies, such as having a pro wrestler guard your alarm clock’s snooze button. Their ability to scale the intensity to any experience level fosters an accessible and diverse workout environment.
There's room for all types of workouts in Nexxt Level Sports' 22,000-square-foot, climate-controlled facility. Basketball players can hone their technique on two NBA-length hardwood courts, and baseball players can perfect their swings in 70-foot batting cages instead of going to an orchard and waiting for regulation-sized apples to fall. In group-training classes, meanwhile, gym patrons can focus on strength or build endurance with varied circuit workouts, including strength and resistance training. For a more private workout, personal trainers also lead one-on-one sessions, tailoring their exercises to the clients' fitness goals.