The room is filled with people, all of who are moving to music that thrums through their bodies with palpable bass. At the DJ booth, colorful LED lights pulse in time with the beat, and tube lighting frames the stage and mirrored walls in a white glow. Blacklights bathe the room in bright violet tones, transforming the colors of everyone’s clothing into electric neon.
Suddenly a voice cuts in on top of the music.
“All right, everyone! Let's shake it!”
Though UniquePhyZique looks light a nightclub, it’s actually a fitness studio. Founders John and Julie White recently expanded and remodeled their space, updating it to reflect their mission to help clients fall in love with fitness by keeping it fun. In the high-energy space, students gather for sessions of Zumba, a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness workout and Turbo Kick, a fusion of kickboxing, and sports drills. The schedule also includes PiYo, an inventive blend of pilates and strength training, and Tone & Sculpt, a class in which students use stability balls and neoprene-coated free weights to sculpt legs, upper bodies, and abdominals. And soon, the schedule will also be expanding, as the team is currently working on certifications in Beachbody's P90X and Insanity.
Not only is John and Julie’s space fun, it’s also very user-friendly. Members check in simply by scanning their keycards, and can help themselves to water and towels before and after classes. Additionally, a dozen membership types allow clients to choose anything from low-commitment punch cards to unlimited 6- or 12-month agreements with automatic monthly payments and a secret member handshake
Club Fit 247's two floors of fitness machines, free weights, and private training studios reverberate with the clangs of dumbbells and the clops of running feet on treadmills equipped with individual TV screens. Amid this bustling round-the-clock activity, a staff of professional bodybuilders, fitness models, and trainers—which collectively boasts a prestigious clientele that includes NFL defensive lineman Bob Kuberski and figure skater Claire Tannet—work one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their exercise goals. During personal-training sessions, they craft sport-specific conditioning plans that combine plyometrics and strength training with hopes of improving balance, speed, and agility. Additionally, this talented team offers nutritional counseling as well as coaching for aspiring or current competitive body builders.
The gym presents clients with a key card that grants them 24-hour access to the facilities and the international cabal of bodybuilders' top-secret lair. The facility also peddles workout supplements, including protein shakes and Ionics powders.
A member of the American Medical Association and American Osteopathic Association, Dr. Helise Bichefsky leads Ageless Health's team as they work with patients during both primary-care and aesthetic procedures. The center's medical professionals are at once dedicated to helping patients treat serious illnesses, such as diabetes, and performing general wellness checkups and cosmetic procedures. Personal problem areas see improvement under the care of laser treatments performed by aestheticians who use the condensed light to rejuvenate skin, clear away unwanted hair, or target wrinkles. Further anti-aging treatments include fractional skin resurfacing, collagen masks, and doctor's notes to get out of one's own birthday party. The center's staff rely on Hymed skincare products specifically designed for sensitive skin, which can help patients treat problem areas at home.
Vertical Extreme combines the adrenaline-pumping thrill of scaling a cliff face with the safety and comfort of a controlled environment. Spread across 7,500 square feet of space, the indoor facility features handhold-riddled walls that extend as high as 45 feet above the ground. The walls include options for visitors of virtually any age and skill level, which ensures that guests can chart a path that provides a fun climb or a stamina-testing challenge. Safety is always a priority so every harness-equipped climber is spotted by a belayer—such as a friend, family member, or specially programmed android—who vigilantly prevents accidental slips from turning into falls.
As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
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