Tired groans and shouts of encouragement echo throughout Pro Fitness’s expansive exercise facilities, which host individual workouts and a diverse schedule of one-hour group classes led by attentive instructors. Socially inclined gym-goers sweat their way through classes such as Zumba, cardio kickboxing, Pilates, and yoga as instructors scour their persons for energy left unspent. Calories shrink in horror at the sight of seemingly endless rows of exercise bikes, treadmills, and weight-training equipment designed to maximize the efficiency of solo workouts. Wall-mounted flat-screen TVs keep minds occupied while bodies wrap themselves in cocoons of sweat and emerge as muscle-bound butterflies.
Planet Fitness' massive, brightly colored edifice teems with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. A two-month Black Card membership (a $39.98 value) with enrollment fee included (a $99 value) offers exercisers a wide range of Planet's benefits, including access to an extensive fleet of cardio equipment, strength-training equipment, and free weights, which move unhindered by large machines or political censorship. Tan-seekers can bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths, and an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. An array of classes, such as Zumba, Turbo Kick or Body Pump, gives muscles participating in the 30-day pass endless opportunities to deliver seismic punches through cardio sound barriers. Exercisers seeking a more tranquil, centering workout experience can utilize yoga and Pilates classes, while go-getter garçons and calf-muscle queens can spin in a cycling class. Special-event classes and a constant format-flip keep attention, interest, and pulses piqued. Check the Greenwich and Pawtucket class schedules for times and availability. The 30-day pass includes a gym membership, giving buyers full access to all facilities and equipment.
Raffa Yoga is not a standard yoga studio, which is apparent right away from its wide variety of yoga classes that range from consciousness-raising Prana flow to rockin' hip-hop yoga and trapeze-like, aerial antigravity yoga. During classes, percussionists tap out soothing drumbeats as students find their center. An oversize golden Buddha mural looks over the classroom, prompting students to contemplate spirituality and wonder if the real guy ever wanted to just take a day off work and take a nice long nap.
Raffa Yoga’s active relaxation center includes Urban Sweat, a stress retreat composed of 21 massage and treatment rooms and 6 heat-therapy rooms. The eco-friendly space soothes the senses with ingredients such as eucalyptus and yellow turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities.
After emerging from the studio’s Himalayan-salt grotto, guests can sip a healthy, hydrating beverage at the juice-cleanse bar. They can also browse the selection of accessories in the full-service yoga boutique.
At Fitness Together, getting fit involves getting focused and fired up to achieve. Here, certified personal trainers guide clients of all skill levels through motivating boot-camps and exercise programs designed to meet goals loftier than a giraffe’s basketball hoop. To help their charges torch calories and tone muscles as efficiently as possible, the trainers incorporate evidence-based training methods, such as intervals, tempos, and fartlek, into each fitness regimen. Filled with cardio challenges and resistance training, workouts are tailored to individual needs and paired with nutrition tips that help the body build lean muscle. In-studio sessions take place in a private, spa-like studio, flush with energizing red walls and functional training tools such as medicine balls, kettlebells, and gymnastics rings.
The certified trainers at Pure Fitness Training channel former careers in athletics and coaching to head their personal, semi-private, and group programs. Their gym is awash in functional strength-training equipment, from battling ropes and agility ladders to free weights such as sand bags and advanced sand bags with one desert snake hidden inside each. All of these tools help clients redefine their physical limits during one-on-one sessions, as well as boot-camp classes that incorporate drills that adapt to suit progressively leaner muscles. With daily routines posted on its website, as well as a weekly newsletter, Pure Fitness Training motivates its patrons even when they aren't actively perspiring within the gym walls.