Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (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 a bulk-building army 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.
Stroller Circuit helps moms and moms-to-be achieve their fitness goals through circuit-style classes. Sanity is a moms-only strength-training class where the intensity remains high throughout. During gentler Stroller Circuit classes, even expecting mothers are welcome for a full-body workout that incorporates stroller pushing, kettlebells, and bodyweight exercises.
Incorporating lifting, basic gymnastics, and cardio, CrossFit Absolute bolsters bodies with a broad fitness formula, used in high-intensity locales such as police academies and military special-operations units. Small-group classes contain four to eight participants who boost group mind as they fortify bodies for fitness with squats, sit-ups, push-ups, and heart-pumping pinky crunches. CrossFit promises universal scalability, meaning that loads and intensities of classes may be adjusted to accommodate anyone from a bench-pressing neophyte to a champion heavyweight capable of crushing a brick with a sneeze. CrossFit schedules its svelte-sessions all day Monday–Saturday.
At Escape to Yoga, the teachers love when a beginner musters the courage to give a class a try, whether it’s yoga or cardio fitness. Their fun, accessible approach to yoga lessens the intimidation factor, especially after students attend a gentle hatha class, during which they’ll learn the basic poses, proper alignment, and the most-stable pose for practicing on the wing of a flying airplane. The more fast-paced vinyasa-flow classes add a cardio aspect to get participants sweating while simultaneously helping them feel calmness spreading through their bodies, and the studio also hosts barre fusion and other calorie-attacking cardio sessions.
At Brynn's Barre None Callanetics, owner and instructor Brynn draws on her dance background to create rehabilitative workouts. She splits her focus between strength and safety: callanetics classes condition pelvic floor muscles with exercises that can relieve back and joint pain, for example, and boomer cardio classes mix fun dance choreography with low-impact movements. These sessions strengthen and bend the body with exercises that are designed with safety in mind, and are ideal for rebuilding strength after childbirth.
At The Fit Corps, certified personal trainers welcome beginners and experienced athletes alike for group classes, personal training, and health coaching. During group classes, exercisers push their limits in circuit and strength training with heavy battling ropes, kettlebells, weight lifting, full-body functional suspension training, and more. They also move to fluid rhythms in Zumba or stretch out in yoga. In the gym’s space, members can lift weights and work on their core exercises.