The mission to motivate others doesn't stop at Aim High Studio's name. Whether leading sweaty cyclists through a virtual Grand Canyon, stretching limbs in a heated yoga studio, or strengthening hugs with TRX bands, the instructors always strive to help each student meet his or her individual goals. To accomplish this, they maintain small class sizes and offer one-on-one and small-group personal-training sessions. They encourage students to modify their workouts and blend their methods––some classes even combine spinning and yoga. The staff also encourages its guests to meet their fitness goals by assuming a holistic approach via bodywork. Deep-tissue and trigger-point massage therapy joins Thai-yoga bodywork and nutrition counseling on the docket of comprehensive mind and body care.
The popular Anytime Fitness chain, which has hundreds of locations across America, stays open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to accommodate the hours of its busy clients. The Norristown location of Anytime Fitness is spacious and modern, filled with Hammer Strength and Precor strength-training machines, free weights, and cardio equipment with TVs. To supplement the salvo of workout equipment, Anytime offers fitness classes such as Zumba and yoga. And its cheerful staff of certified personal trainers is on hand to develop wellness programs specifically to clients' individual fitness goals.
For Bonnie Weber, fitness is more than a way to look good in a bathing suit—it saved her life. When she suffered an aneurysm that led to emergency brain surgery, the surgeon told her that if she had not been physically fit, she probably would not have made it. So, as she navigated the long road to recovery, she was inspired to not only regain her own fitness, but to help others do the same. In 2008, she opened The Pilates Garden and Personal Training Studio to share her passion for Pilates’s strength- and flexibility-boosting workouts, as well as other forms of exercise.
Her studio is packed with Peak Pilates equipment, including mats, a reformer, a cadillac, and exercise balls. In addition to various mat-, equipment-, and ball-based Pilates classes, the experienced instructors, including Stephanie Lantz, lead Core Barre classes, which help boost coordination, strength, and flexibility with ballet-inspired movements and lead tutus. For a more customized approach, they lead one-on-one personal-training sessions, during which they integrate the principles of Pilates into workouts tailored to their clients’ goals paired with nutritional advice. The instructors can also organize semiprivate sessions for small groups. In any given sessions, they might motivate their groups to toss medicine balls, battle their own body weight with TRX suspension-training bands, or swing kettlebells.
A fitness center that’s stocked top to bottom with equipment and amenities offers an array of options for clients looking to get in shape, but it can also be a little intimidating. That’s why the staffers at Club La Maison work tirelessly with clients to build personal fitness routines that help conquer any initial trepidation. Group classes are just one of the many ways they acquaint newcomers or longtime goners to a habit of health, leading sessions in spin, yoga, and BarreAmped-ballet-inspired workouts. Within a separate Pilates studio, they make use of multiple tools such as Reformers, combo chairs, and ladder barrels. Meanwhile, instructors in an on-site pool lead cardio-centric aquatics classes and intense training sessions for the Marco Polo portion of the Goodwill Games. For a one-on-one fitness experience, Club La Maison’s army of personal trainers are always on hand to help clients develop and maintain a custom workout regimen as well as wring out overworked sweatbands. Their facility is also home to several racquetball and tennis courts and youth programs such as dance and martial arts.
Club La Maison also offers birthday parties, camps, and swimming lessons throughout the year.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first AmeriKick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, AmeriKick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.