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.
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.
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.
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.