As Sunset Pilates Fitness’ instructors guide students through Pilates movements, gentle breezes and ocean scents waft through the air during outdoor classes. They also have a fully equipped indoor studio, which allows students to take advantage of classes and the studio’s Balanced Body and Peak equipment.
Being a successful natural bodybuilder was only the beginning of a fitness journey that led Cast Iron CrossFit owner Matt Franco toward a deeper, biological understanding of how exercise and dieting affect our bodies. Franco obtained a degree in biology from Binghamton University and went on to study Nuclear Medical Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology, working in the healthcare industry for many years before discovering CrossFit. With its simple, ever-changing movements, CrossFit tied in perfectly to what he'd learned about having to constantly challenge and surprise the body in order to achieve results and his passion for helping others find the most effective way to get fit and healthy.
His newfound love for CrossFit inspired Matt to open his own studio which today operates out of an expansive 3,000-square-foot facility. At Cast Iron CrossFit, workouts strip away everything but the essentials. With the Cast Iron CrossFit Unloaded classes, students can get the benefits of CrossFit, but without the heavy lifting or tire throwing. Matt teaches movements designed using the principles of body mechanics. Just like the classes Matt took once upon a time, the workouts can be customized to challenge both beginners and seasoned athletes, and the exercises increase in difficulty and intensity over time. In a supportive class environment, students master Olympic lifts, body-weight exercises, and plyometrics as they build toned, lean, lithe bodies.
Following along with the USA Gymnastics program's skill progression, camps at Gym Like This are available for little benders as young as 18 months. The more advanced developmental gymnastics courses split kids up into three levels, based on their experience level, to learn skills such as training on vaults and beams, floor exercises, and handstands, which can be used in routines or to walk on white carpeting without taking off your shoes. The center's also available for birthday parties and hosts parents' night out each month, where kids can eat dinner and frolic under supervision.
Dangling ropes, punching bags, and myriad weight and cardiovascular machines fill Ultima Fitness Downtown?s 19,000-square-foot space. A number of private studios host more than 40 group classes each week, including Zumba, Pilates, yoga, indoor cycling, and Silver Sneakers. Certified personal trainers work with clients one-on-one or in small groups from a couple of friends to a person and their Just-Like-Me doll. The gym is also outfitted with a childcare room that keeps tykes supervised while parents exercise and locker rooms with showers and a sauna.
Coach Mo prides himself on his ability to adapt workouts to suit any age, background, or fitness level. To make good on his goal, he offers a variety of programs such as Athletic FitCamp for athletes aged 10–18, MaxFitOne small-group training, and one-on-one personal training.
Pilates Studio 1 presents a full curriculum of Pilates-based classes, including equipment classes and mat classes for beginner through advanced skill levels. To help its students further achieve their wellness goals, the facility also offers various therapeutic services, from craniosacral therapy to more common treatments, such as restorative massages.