The friendly staff at Contours, a female-only gym, provides women with manageable 30-minute health solutions and workouts that fit into a busy schedule. Contours uses only weight-bearing, rather than hydraulic, workout equipment, which, like drinking a gallon of milk every hour, has been proven to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. They also offer massage therapy to soothe sore soul-sacks, and ionic foot detoxes, which use reflexology and ionic energy to rid the body of contaminants and aid the natural healing process. After the one-month membership ends, Contours Express is offering a discounted activation fee of $20.11 to become a full member (a $149 value).
Urban Tactical Defense Center’s diverse team of trainers includes lifelong martial artists, former military personnel, and current police officers. Within the 8,000-square-foot facility—with two sparring rooms and a gym—these trainers pass on the self-defense and fitness techniques they acquired during their demanding careers to students of all ages, covering everything from defense tactics to proper firearms training. They rely on myriad approaches to boost health and self-confidence levels, imparting combat techniques during martial-arts and unarmed-combat classes; fending off calories in Combat Fitness Bootcamp courses; and bulking up entire bodies in circuit-training sessions. They even sprinkle meditation techniques from Chinese qi gong in some of their programs.
Alternatively, the staff leads youngsters through its own original MANTIS curriculum (Manage Any Nasty Trouble in School), acquainting them with tactics for dealing with bullies, teaching them self-defense moves, and hopefully giving them the strength to lift 12 action figures at once.
T.R.Y.-certified yoga instructor Kim MacKay funnels more than 25 years of experience into yoga classes for students of all skill levels. Steeped in ancient traditions such as Kripalu and Anusara, she infuses routines with classic yogic elements such as strength-building poses, deep-breathing exercises, and limbo competitions. Kim makes inhalations and exhalations a central focus during Vinyasa classes, which revolve around dance-like sequences of stretches and bends. Instead of eating sandwiches mid-headstand, class participants can explore mealtime poses during 30- and 60-minute Yoga for Lunch sessions.
Colleen grew up playing soccer and doing distance running. Now she holds instructor certifications in four different types of fitness class. Even though she finds Zumba the most upbeat and fun class, she also leads groups through gritty boot-camp sweat sessions and introspective yoga stretches. Believing fitness should be accessible to everyone, she adjusts the techniques during challenging movements to accommodate all fitness levels and wears a microphone so she is easily heard.
The fitness instructors at Sass Fitness believe that working out doesn’t have to involve the inexorable sadness of treadmills. They’ve developed a schedule of group fitness classes that replace monotonous machine-driven exercise with music, rhythm, and constant motion, such as Zumba classes, which motivate hips to gyrate and heels to twist even harder to Latin-infused beats.
A Greek-themed fitness center might conjure the images of ancient Olympic events, but at Mediterranean Fitness, chariot races and javelin poles are nowhere in sight. Instead, crisp white architecture and ocean-blue accents decorate the boutique gym where exercisers build strength and self-confidence among free weights, modern cardio machines, and daily fitness classes including hot yoga and cycling. Complimentary childcare keeps kids busy while parents work up a sweat training for arm-wrestling matches with Zeus.