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 by cawing like a seagull and picking at unguarded picnic lunches. Exercisers then orbit a weight-training circuit, lifting anywhere from 5- to 33-pound dumbbells. 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.
Apogee Life brings their fitness training to you, no matter where you are. You can access their extensive library of web-based videos 24 hours a day from the comforts of your own home. On a computer, tablet, or smart phone, fit seekers can break a sweat to a slew of Pilates, boot-camp, martial arts, yoga, and strength-training videos, led by workout gurus such as bodybuilder Nick Wright and lauded fitness institutions such as PowerPilates and Vbarre.
In addition to hosting virtual fitness classes, Apogee Life regularly brings their training to workshops, seminars, and conferences throughout the US.
The slew of Koko Smartraining exercise machines at Koko FitClub curate customized 30-minute workouts that track results and supply computerized coaching tips. Prior to the initial session, a staff member meets with guests to highlight a goal, such as losing weight, gaining muscle, or scaling Mount Everest on a pogo stick, which helps the team of personal trainers stock a USB device with a customized fitness plan. Next, exercisers can plug the device into the facility's machines to load up the day's routine, which the Koko Smartraining system automatically updates based on previous performance. To help monitor the percentages of fat, muscle, and squatting garden gnomes in the body, guests can augment the training sessions with the system's body-composition tracking.
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.
MPHC Climbing Gym spans 5,000 square feet of climbing surfaces, challenging newcomers and experienced climbers alike with a variety of walls. One-hour lessons imbue beginners with basic summiting skills, such as how to don the included harness and climbing shoes and tips for communicating with a belayer using a series of winks. Afterward, students are free to explore the more than 60 top-roping routes available throughout the gym, which are redesigned monthly. A massive skylight welcomes the sun's rays upon the cave area, complete with a 40-foot multistepped lead roof. A 160-foot bouldering route snakes through the gym, underlined by thick crash pads, and two 20-foot squeeze chimneys act as practice grounds for wannabe Santas. Those toting a one-month membership gain unfettered access to the gym and equipment rental, which is open seven days a week.
Swanand Yoga gets its name from two Sanskrit words: swa, which means innate, or belonging to oneself, and anda, which refers to happiness or bliss. This is a fitting name for the studio, as its goal is happiness and its philosophy maintains that happiness results from a healthy body occupied by a healthy mind. With this philosophy in mind, instructors lead group and private lessons in a studio dominated by warm colors and soothing, sparse adornments; the radiator even sits on a bed of pebbles that will eventually hatch into yoga props.
As students of all levels move through mostly Hatha-style poses, track lighting dims to cast a soft glow on the honey-colored hardwood floor. Mats can be brought from home or rented from the store, which also rents towels, sells water and lavender eye pillows, and doles out complimentary Luna bars. The center also hosts private yogissage sessions that blend yoga, shiatsu massage, and passive stretching, as well as events, specialty workshops, and a monthly Yoga for Foodies get-together, which pairs a yoga session with a communal meal.