If Mother Nature could design a building, it might look something like The Yoga Factory. Sunlight and bird song filter through frosted-glass windows. Trees dapple the walls with shadows and breezes rustle their leaves as the humans inside the studio draw their own deep breaths. Experienced instructors siphon inspiration from this natural beauty, filling the space with enough low-toned chants to befriend even the shiest bullfrog. Under their guidance, yogis of all levels build strength and flexibility during alignment-focused Hatha and Vinyasa classes. The temperature rises to 88 degrees for Hot-Yasa sessions, loosening tight muscles as students practice back bends, arm balances, and inversions atop matted floors. To help yogis hold poses for extended periods of time, teachers may incorporate props such as blocks and blankets during calming restorative routines.
In addition to melting stress with yoga classes, The Yoga Factory helps exercisers torch calories with boot camps and Zumba cardio-dance parties. Upon request, personal trainers can tailor workouts to goals such as losing weight, increasing strength, or finally besting an overly aggressive boxing shadow.
The trainers at Fitness Edge simplify physical wellness by assembling all the building blocks for healthy living in one place. In addition to meal planning and personal training, their iSweat program – formerly known as Adventure Boot Camp – devotes a solid 20 days to completely reinventing bodies. With sessions held five days a week, the regimen builds strength and endurance through a series of circuit training workout. The dynamic group classes wrap up with a final weigh-in, test of athletic ability, and pat on the back for anyone with enough breath left to whistle the national anthem. Trainers also help out existing athletes with sports training designed to improve play at game-time while simultaneously warding off injuries.
As a former collegiate football player on scholarship, Corey Logan knows firsthand the importance of physical fitness. He decided to put this knowledge to use by coaching others on athletic fitness and weight loss, earning his ACE and NASM personal training certifications and opening Punch Fitness. He strives to bring the same explosive energy that he used on the field to his boxing-themed classes and one-on-one sessions. Along with his team of trainers—all of whom have completed college degrees and hold at least one national certification—Corey cultivates a demanding yet non-judgmental atmosphere, pushing for fast-paced punches while at the same time respecting the learning curve of each client. Regardless of the classes, the team consistently doles out encouragement as students swing kettlebells, suspend their limbs from TRX cords, or throw jabs in sync to hip-hop beats.
Children can also practice their air-crushing punches during classes designed for 4–15 year olds, which aim to develop coordination and strength of character.
Andy and Michael, the co-owners of Infinity Fitness, lead a team of devoted trainers who help clients work toward their fitness goals. They lead personal-training sessions in a one-on-one and group setting and circuit training and boot-camp classes at varying intensities. The staff specializes in a variety of fitness realms, including weight loss, lifestyle management, sport-specific training, and fitness for kids and seniors.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Since 1990, Power Shack Fitness Centers have fostered a casual, low-stress ambiance at its four locations, eschewing the large crowds and intimidating vibes of many mainstream gyms. A retinue of nationally certified personal trainers is on hand to craft custom workout plans for members, acquainting them with the gym’s array of free weights, cardio machines, and functional training equipment. Group fitness classes are also led by nationally certified instructors. Offerings include barbell conditioning, yoga, spinning, dance, and power grunting. Depending on the location, you can also take advantage of tanning amenities or pick up nutritional supplements.
Using a variety of resistance-based exercise programs, Turning Point's expert staff whips core muscles into marble-like firmness. During each 45- to 60-minute Pilates mat class, instructors use a series of 25 different exercises that harness the powerful natural forces of gravity, the body's innate resistance, and Jeremy Irons's voice on tape to carefully tone cores. Two 55-minute Xtend Barre classes mix Pilates and dance into a potent mélange of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches that tone arms, sculpt thighs, and lift rears.