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.
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.
When guests come to Kelly's studio, she wants them to warm up—even handing her visitors a complimentary cup of organic, fair trade coffee when they walk in. "The shop", as she refers to Melt Hot Fitness, features three heated group exercise classes of her own creation, including balance ball-infused yoga and weight lifting by candlelight. All these classes are rooted in her extensive expertise, which includes almost 20 years of fitness-industry experience and certifications from AFAA, ACE, YogaFit, and other reputable organizations. Kelly's enthusiasm for healthy living is countered with an equal distaste of the cold, which is one reason her practice space, decked out in velvet curtains and free from mirrors, is heated to a balmy 85 to 100 degrees. Kelly also credits the heat for helping to expel harmful toxins from the body, strengthen her students' willpower, and get their sweat glands ready to show off at the beach.
During the day or night, on a holiday or a plain old Tuesday, Anytime Fitness is always open. Once they register, members get a key to the gym’s secured entryway, which means they have 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access to any of the club’s nearly 2,400 locations all over the globe. Personal trainers staff each location, where they lead customized one-on-one training sessions or provide quick and simple tips for using the gym’s high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. The roster of group classes includes kickboxing and boot camp to whip bodies into shape in a fun and supportive environment. After a sweat session, members can head to the private restroom for a shower or catch up on their stories on one of the treadmills equipped with a personal TV. Exercisers can also accentuate their hard-earned musculature with a tanning session or two, since access to beds can be added onto their membership for an additional fee.
Owner Angie Althoff discovered personal fulfillment, camaraderie, and a greater level of fitness when she first attended a Les Mills class in 2006 at the behest of a friend. That day planted the seed of her passion, which grew into an instructor certification in 2011 and, eventually, Flow Studio. With the help of her husband, she's acquired the services of 21 other instructors, all certified to teach various Les Mills or Zumba exercises.
Flow Studio's bright yellow and orange exercise rooms reverberate with the sounds of upbeat tunes and top 40 hits as students punch, kick, dance, and cycle. The gym schedules classes each day of the week, providing plenty of opportunity to attend and re-attend sessions throughout the week.
At Shape 4 Life, experienced fitness instructors who achieved their own weight loss transformations now help clients shape up in similarly dramatic fashion. 50-minute Spin & Tone sessions use exercise bikes to incinerate fat, and BodyBlast boot camps provide customized training that can be geared toward exercisers of any age or fitness level.