Students Should Bring: Bottle of water, sticky socks (sold at studio)
Average Class Length: 55 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 55-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Matt Healey, namesake and owner of The Healey Fitness Group, not only holds a personal-trainer certification, but also boasts a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami and extra training in pre- and postnatal exercise. He creates a customized wellness plan for each client, often incorporating both fitness and nutrition advice for optimal results. He also keeps expectant mothers safely active throughout their pregnancy and helps them shed extra pounds afterwards.
Jay Montanari's personal motto has always been "Hard Work," and at CrossFit Ridgefield, he makes hard work his profession. Students at his gym learn the high-intensity, functional moves that comprise CrossFit workouts, including squats, pull-ups, dead lifts, and push-presses. These ever-changing routines serve to improve practitioners' balance, speed, agility, flexibility, strength, and endurance.
Beryl Edelman of Well-Be Fitness draws from a stack of fitness and nutrition certifications to guide her as she leads pre- and post-natal exercise, diabetic exercise, and exercise for cancer patients. She also has earned certifications in women's fitness and sports training. Training can be done at her facility or out on the beach.
Koko FitClub is a radically different kind of fitness center. Members come in, have their fitness levels checked on the Koko Smartrainer, and then receive a custom, computerized key fob that stores all fitness information. The key fob, programmed with data to help clients achieve individual fitness goals, stores the day’s prescribed 30-minute workout and guides clients expertly around the workout of the day. With this fitness technology on hand, members move seamlessly from exercise to exercise, burning fat and building lean muscle while minimizing gym time.
Shalva Clinic's name comes from the Hebrew word for "peace" or "serenity." That's the feeling naturopathic doctor Ellen Lewis hopes to inspire at her practice, and she hopes clients will take that feeling home with them. That's because Shalva, she says, refers not only to her clinic's environment but also to the feeling of peace and balance that results from her treatments. Lewis's noninvasive, holistic treatments include reiki and detoxification programs.