Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
The Athletic Club of York, co-owned by a national collegiate-racquetball champion and an AFAA certified personal trainer, ensures a friendly, laid-back atmosphere with a down-to-earth staff that strives to remember each visitor by name. The 26,000-square-foot gym unfurls enough elbow space for exercisers to wrestle with strength and cardio equipment before overcoming post-workout soreness with services such as massage therapy. The gym's communal vibe also fosters the positive tone of group fitness classes, during which feet master Zumba steps or kickboxing strikes in an aerobic studio. Guests can plunge into the indoor lap pool for self-guided strokes, aquatic programs, or swimming lessons, while children break down and rapidly reassemble slingshots at a Kidz Fit Club boot camp.
During 90-minute classes in the studio, heat curls around the yogis who glisten with sweat as instructors guide them through a sequence of 26 postures. Students of all experience levels bend and stretch in the same class, with instructors offering adjustments to make the postures more or less challenging. The staff at Bikram Yoga York think everyone can benefit from the power of Bikram, which is why they welcome beginners with open arms and even provide an FAQ page just for them.
Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, Curves' machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles, perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo. Customers who wish to continue their membership after the trial will need to pay an enrollment fee of $49 in addition to the monthly rate.
If you feel uncomfortable or unsure in a typical gym environment, this is YOUR place. At Wellness Evolution, our practitioners all work together to ensure that you see results in a fun, positive environment! The privacy of our studio gives you the opportunity to learn and ask questions about your health and fitness program
Certified trainer Chris Miller's background makes him an ideal fitness mentor. He wasn't always in shape, and like many people, he disliked the way he looked as a teenager. So, he started lifting weights and working out, transforming his body and his entire outlook on life. He found that he had more energy, enthusiasm, and optimism—things he wanted to share with others. Chris became a personal trainer, earned a slew of certifications, and eventually opened Maximum Fitness in 1995.
Along with his team, Chris works with everyone from MMA fighters to sports teams to exercisers young and old. Each person's path to fitness starts with an initial consultation, during which trainers and clients decide on a custom fitness program that matches their goals. These might include exercise plans for specific sports, post-rehab training, or general workouts that blend strength conditioning and fat-burning cardio.
Maximum Fitness's 3,030-square-foot facility hosts these customized training sessions. To accommodate all workouts, the space boasts cardio machines, kettlebells, free weights, and enough consistent gravity to go around. It's also the location for group fitness classes such as boot camp and MMA conditioning.