When Detric Smith says he's inspired by results, he isn't necessarily referencing someone's new six-pack or bulging biceps. He derives the most satisfaction from seeing his students return to a beloved sport, flaunt a new pants size, or move through the day without chronic pain. Backed by a degree in exercise science and multiple training certifications, he achieves these goals with attentive group and private programming. He adjusts his boot camps and personalized sessions to suit each guest's experience level, and nutritional guidance and regular body assessments keep them abreast of their progress. He also gives clients his phone number, encouraging them to call for moral support or for backup during protein-shake-related hostage situations.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
A body-strengthening leader in the region, The Pilates Center offers fledgling flexibles a healthful array of skilled, Stott Pilates–certified instructors, small class sizes, and a variety of beginner's sessions held six days a week. Founded by Joseph Pilates, the titular workout regimen works on lengthening the body while strengthening the core and toning the limbs, transforming sluggish and unmotivated bones closets into graceful soul sacks teeming with espresso-bean levels of energy. Alight upon various equipment, such as the Reformer, the Arc Barrel, the Cadillac, and the Model T, to enhance midsection fortitude while learning key movements and stretches.
Boot Camp Mania is a fitness boot camp designed specifically for women by professional trainer Todd Paul. Each 30-minute routine starts with stretching to warm up muscles and lull fat cells into a false sense of security. Music-based interval training steps up to the plate, sending fat flying with a combination of resistance training, core training, cardio training, and training wheels. Finally, fat-busters can relax with special stretches to slow speeding hearts. The collaborative group atmosphere is ideal for building friendships and plotting corporate takeovers.
Anahata Yoga Center of Williamsburg is a true sanctuary for health and wellness. Beginning through advanced yoga classes fit all levels of fitness and flexibility. Yoga teachers draw from Iyengar, Integral & Ashtanga styles of teaching to emphasize physical health and emotional well-being.
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.