CKO’s trainers boil their philosophy down to three words: Be, Do, Have. Those trainers all found their passion for pounding the stuffing out of heavy bags at the gym itself before rising through its ranks to teach there. The approach they fell in love with favors fitness training over combat, and pits students against the weightiest bags around to simulate a boxing match with a rhino.
The knotted wood floors, exposed brick, and cerulean walls at Go Row Training Studio set a rustic scene for one-hour rowing workouts that hold groups of 10. Rather than falling into a repetitive workout routine, exercise physiologist Garrett Roberts’s college-rowing-inspired workouts change up in order to keep torching calories and chiseling muscles. Sessions kick off with rowers perched atop the studio’s signature WaterRowers, which replicate the experience of open-water rowing. Exercisers then orbit a weight-training circuit, lifting dumbbells of varying weights. The class closes with students again mounting the rowers to further stump muscles and to rehearse a rescue mission to Gilligan’s Island. Garrett helms each class on Go Row’s schedule, and the 10-student attendance cap allows him to ensure each paddler performs with proper technique.
Eschewing traditional personal-fitness methods, the professional trainers at Koko FitClub sculpt bodies into shape with computerized 30-minute exercise programs tailored to each individual. New members start their salutary kinesthetic adventure with a strength assessment and a consultation to determine the most efficacious half-hour workout based on each individual's needs and goals. Following this body inventory, you can bring your digitally stored program into the training center and plug it in to any one of Koko’s exercise stations. Members don’t have to play musical workout stations, because every muscle-strengthening, body-tuning exercise can be performed in one location. Keep on top of the situation by tracking your progress on a private web page or by tattooing each new personal best to your belly.
Your unlimited pass presents you with a tempting platter of hour-long classes to sample at your leisure. Local Barre instructors utilize a variety of equipment, including weighted yoga balls and a ballet barre, to strengthen students' muscles and increase their flexibility. Open Barre movements are organized into energizing dance segments in the Dance Infusions class for an enhanced cardio workout. Let It Flow classes are motivating and musical, allowing your body and mind to relax as you achieve deep core strength through yoga poses and flapper visualization. Nearly all the classes are open to both beginners and seasoned barre veterans. You’ll have your pick of the schedule during your month of classes, and after four weeks in Local Barre’s jazzy speakeasy-inspired studio, you'll be well on your way to fitting into the cat’s pajamas, bending like the bee’s knees, and cutting any rug that gets in your way.
After Lisa Usherovich had her first baby, she discovered yoga as a way to get back in shape and relieve stress. She eventually founded MiMi Yoga for Everyone, a welcoming studio where prenatal classes help keep expectant women comfortable, as well as post-natal classes that let mothers and babies practice yoga together. A full schedule includes other types of yoga, from a fundamentals class to an iyengar session that uses props to help bodies stretch to new limits and practice new stand-up routines. In all classes, Lisa and her team invite more experienced yogis to set up in the front row so new students can hang behind and follow their lead.
The instructors at School of Cards aren’t content only to use their card knowledge in the classroom; when they’re not teaching, they’re competing in high-stakes cash games and tournaments, including World Series of Poker events. Although their training grounds resemble a cozy living room complete with a plush, microfiber couch, the school’s professional poker and blackjack tables demonstrate its intent to make students comfortable in the casino environment. Beginning blackjack and poker players can get their start in three-hour introductory classes, learning such fundamentals as game etiquette, card counting, and how to spot edible chips. Intermediate and advanced players move on to more in-depth courses, as well as services such as game and body-language evaluation.