When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes?including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba?offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
While Bikeorbar requires capital to operate like any other business, the true currency of their trade is sweat. Trainers wring it from clients one-on-one in personal training sessions. They also harvest it by the bucketload during group fitness classes, such as cardio-focused kickboxing, spin classes that incorporate cross-training or even zombie themes, and rowing classes. Around all this equipment, the studio features brightly painted walls swarming with white butterflies who soar toward the paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
With multiple degrees in fitness and nutrition, Victor Dean Training’s eponymous owner has curated his gym and climbing center to focus on clients’ overall health. Victor hand-selects all the gym’s brand-name equipment for its efficacy and usefulness in a well-rounded fitness regime, ensuring clients aren’t toiling away on weight equipment and cardio machines that fail to offer results. The staff pairs standard gym memberships with options such as personalized sessions and nutritional counseling that build up health like cyborg organ implantation.
Equipment: Keiser, Free Motion, Life Fitness, Cybex, TRX
Students should bring: Towel Service is provided. Bring water or it is for sale at reception
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 25+ people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come and try our Eliminator Obstacle Course. A challenge for everyone from beginner to top athletes
Q&A with Brad Anderson, Manager
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
The biggest reason most people don't succeed is not having all the tools to work with. Our Fitness Assessments with our highly qualified Personal Trainers will get a starting point for you by doing full measurements, [finding] body fat percentage, [and] calculating caloric needs and physical abilities. At this point we will be able to customize a personal plan for your success.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
After your workout relax by the pool or enjoy a sauna. Members are also welcome to bring families for a swim, as well.
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Energy Fitness Studio is also home of Niagara's only 10,000 square foot Obstacle Course Training Center, with two 10-fooft walls, sleds, tires, ropes, logs, and so much more.
Amid the mix of vintage furniture and recycled materials that make up iGita's studio, experienced instructors guide their students toward physical and mental well-being. Students select classes in barre, hot yoga, Hatha, Vinyasa flow, or Pilates reformer, then enter the studio to find their mat, mat towel, and face towel already awaiting their arrival. Sessions of aerial yoga, barre, spin, and hot Pilates are also available. The staff also trains yoga teachers and offers tips on perfecting the art of the wise nod.
The beautiful confines of iGita surround visitors in antique furnishings, scores of living plants, and decor crafted from 400-year-old wood. The soothing ambiance is now home to a juice bar that features raw, vegan, organic, and gluten-free juices and smoothies. Guests can order a drink before their workouts and then have it waiting for them when they finish class. To further freshen up, complimentary bath towels await pupils at the front desk for those who want to use the showers. They also provide small plastic bags for students to store their used workout clothes in to take home.