At Gold Medal Fitness, positive energy does as much work as anyone's muscles to propel group classes. These courses cover the grounded poses of Power Yoga, the barbell lifts of BodyPump, and the festive spins of Zumba with more than 50 sessions per week. Cyclists can even choose between 45-minute spin classes and the more vigorous rides of super spin, which increase the challenge by adding an extra 15 minutes and asking your parents to stop putting a stabilizing hand on your back. Regardless of the discipline, however, instructors motivate their students by carefully balancing the room's camaraderie with a honed focus on every individual.
This personal approach typifies the gym as a whole, where the staff strive to memorize each member's name as they arrange workouts for all fitness levels. A nationally accredited team of personal trainers draws on specialties from boxing to Pilates to back rehabilitation, pushing their clients toward coveted milestones. On the gym floor, an assortment of machinery and free weights, as well as a designated stretching area, bespeaks the same regard for diverse goals—visitors can complete a round of resistance work on the FreeMotion circuit equipment, toss a medicine ball to a partner, or step onto a StairMaster. Other amenities include a childcare station, athletic speed school, HydroMassage, and a juice bar.
Sometimes, conquering a physical challenge requires more than just strength, it demands complete mental focus—especially when that challenge is learning how to throw MMA punches or muay thai strikes like a pro. The trainers at BrawlHouse know this well, which is why they've worked hard to create a supportive, distraction-free community where clients of all genders and ages can work to achieve their goals. The gym's fighting and fitness programs are designed to challenge minds and bodies at the same time, like a game of chess played in quicksand. Examples include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches the basics of submission grappling, SSF Elite, which fuses Pilates and yoga into one core-strengthening workout, and plyo-boot camp, which invokes high-intensity jump-training exercises.
At Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club, the mission is simple: Look and feel better. The route you take in getting there, though, is completely up to you. Since 1972, the club has offered guests and members a varied selection of fitness opportunities. Today, it features cardio machines equipped with individual TVs, strength-training gear, and more than 50 large-group classes. And the trainers provide sports-specific training with year-round golf and tennis programs. For added convenience, the club also hosts childcare services, which means parents don't need to find a babysitter.
Many gyms offer advanced fitness equipment, motivating programs and classes, and a host of amenities. But unlike many conventional gyms, Lady of America Greenbrook caters specifically to women. In spacious, comfortable workout rooms, resistance machines are custom-fit to women’s smaller frames. Trained staff plays with kids 6 months and older in the childcare area, which features health-focused activities as well as a PlayStation 2. The team also offers services such as nutrition counseling with certified sports nutritionists and one-on-one workouts with certified personal trainers. Additionally, fitness evaluations—which come free with every membership—are designed with women’s needs and concerns in mind.
In the gym, free weights build muscle, and recumbent bikes and elliptical machines boost endurance enough to outlast a dolphin or a submarine painted like a dolphin in a swimming contest. The advanced Precor model 956 treadmills’ impact-absorbing system saves joints while an active cardio monitor allows users to literally follow the dictates of their hearts. Instructors provide motivation in group classes such as ball Pilates, fitness yoga, spin, and Zumba. And the therapeutic heat of the infrared sauna allows for a nice post-workout relaxation session.
In addition to the toned muscles created by their workouts, the relationships formed with each client are what the trainers at Iconic Fitness take the most pride in. The fitness experts strive to interact with clients directly, whether in personal-training sessions or group classes, to help them safely and efficiently reach their fitness goals. Beyond the workouts, Iconic Fitness's staff makes the gym-going experience as enjoyable as possible, fostering a non-intimidating atmosphere to make visits more fun and decorating the outside of their facilities with greenery and waterfalls in case members have to imagine that they're Tarzan in order to build muscle.