Trainer Griffin White understands how easy it is to slip into a lethargic lifestyle. As a child, he slowly replaced sports and physical activity with a steady diet of junk food. Eventually, when hefting the extra weight he had gained grew tiresome, Griffin enrolled in the National Academy of Sports Medicine and whipped his body back into shape. Today at Mind Muscle Fitness, Griffin liberates clients from superfluous pounds using kettlebells. Exercisers swing the bulbous weights through arcs that power up multiple muscles at once, much like river dancing while directing traffic.
Griffin's kettlebell boot-camp classes, set to pulsing music, enlist this unique range of motion to tone and limber up bodies as up to 25 attendees blast through cardio and strength-building routines. He switches up workouts each class, keeping both minds and muscles engaged to speed up results more safely than outfitting a treadmill with hyperdrive. Appropriate for all skill levels, the boot camps include individual attention from Griffin, as do his personal-training sessions.
Up Dog Yoga and Cycling founder Meaghan Kennedy Townsend believes that “each of us is powerful, if only you have the courage to feel it.” She helps her students find that courage by keeping her fitness classes small, allowing instructors to individualize attention, and tailoring separate programs for beginner to advanced students. Meaghan also applies her knowledge of yoga disciplines including Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, and Hatha to develop a widely varied course curriculum.
The Up Dog facility also boasts a team of Johnny G Spinning–certified instructors that conducts its courses on Schwinn IC Pro stationary cycles, which are compatible with both SPD and Look pedals and guaranteed not to get cyclists roped into a newspaper route.
Although many of The Bar Method's exercises take place at the ballet bar, the program is only partially inspired by the long, lean musculature of ballet dancers. Created by Burr Leonard, the workouts also incorporate the brief, fat-burning bursts of activity known as interval training and the muscle-shaping techniques of isometrics. Combine all this with the science of physical therapy, and you get The Bar Method: an intense yet safely designed approach to exercise meant to cinch the silhouette, increase muscle definition, and boost energy all day long. Sessions introduce beginners to basics, such as maintaining good form and refraining from breaking out into Swan Lake choreography.
Firm Body Evolution pairs age-old practices with modern technology to help people look and feel younger. The fitness center specializes in natural weight loss and detox treatments on a cellular level to promote overall health, all the while focusing on relaxation. FBE's eclectic services work alone or in harmony to treat a slew of ailments with whole-body-vibration treatments, Jade Infrared Sauna sessions, and machine-assisted lymphatic compression massages. The generous 4,500-square-foot facility features private treatment rooms and more rarified amenities including an alkaline water station, aromatherapy-infused air, and free parking for commuter hot-air balloons.
At Muscle Under, boxers pound heavy bags and Cybex weights clink as Pilates classes strengthen and tone clients. Helmed by Australian head trainer Steve Thornberry, the 3,200 square foot facility boasts a fleet of name brand exercise equipment from Precor, Bodymaster, and Tectrix, as well as a dedicated Pilates area with multiple reformers. All trainers study and learn under Steve, and help craft unique fitness programs suited to the goals of each new client.
Formally known as: Nyce Bodies
Equipment: Reformers, Cadillacs, chairs, and barrels by Balance Body and Stott.
Students should bring: Form-fitting attire that is easy to move in, such as yoga or Pilates clothes.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We offer personal attention to create realistic goals that are lifestyle changes.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We have seen clients with musculoskeletal deficiencies gain flexibility and strength that has substantially stabilized or decreased any pain and unbalanced range of motion.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
We believe the body has to to be challenged to gain a training effect but we train our clients to recognized the difference between "good" pain and "bad" pain.