Mat maven Colette Barry's signature Barry Method of instruction draws from her years of kinesthetic expertise, combining the lengthening sequences of yoga with the strengthening exercises of Pilates. A robust schedule grants Colette and her staff of instructors ample opportunities to guide students through the muscle-reforming routine throughout the week. Precise movements and isometric conditioning target restricting back and shoulder pains by realigning wayward postures while forging a mind-body connection that is more focused than a medical laser studying for the MCAT. By enlisting the gravity-subduing technology of Total Trainer apparatuses, Barry Method sessions ensure a physique-toning workout for students regardless of their physical ability or levitation skills.
Jose Dias not only earned his black belt in jujitsu with guidance from a member of the famous Gracie martial-arts family, but he also taught at one of Carlos Gracie Jr.'s top training schools, Gracie Barra Rio de Janeiro. He brings his expertise to Rio Pro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, where both kids and adults can learn this form of self-defense. Though the school's name highlights jujitsu, instructors also teach several other areas of study. Class options include judo and mixed martial arts, which, despite popular belief, is not a class in which students use kickboxing gloves to punch through wooden boards.
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.
Cleveland Fitness Revolution's head trainers each helm a team of certified instructors that pool their diverse experience and knowledge into helping individual fitness-seekers and corporate clients of all fitness levels get in shape. Eschewing military-inspired practices such as barking orders into a bugle, these motivating instructors incorporate personal-training ideologies and interval training during indoor boot-camp classes. They also help clients shrink waistlines with Cardio Revolution classes, which marry high-intensity interval
training with less impactful cardio and core exercises. They don't just teach group classes, however. For those who prefer more one-on-one training, these certified instructors customize workouts that suit the clients' needs and fitness goals during semi-private personal training.
They further bolster the effects of their comprehensive fitness programs with nutrition seminars, recipes, and programs to keep their clients from sliding back into old, unhealthy habits.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.