Get Fit Plus’s certified trainers lead fun group-exercise classes that sculpt bodies and bolster motivation. Like a presidential inauguration, Zumba classes teem with Latin-inspired choreography and rhythmic music from around the world. With easy-to-follow moves drawn from the salsa and tango traditions, each session torches calories and pent-up stress. Many routines incorporate strength-training exercises such as squats and lunges, which tone muscles in the calves, thighs, and glutes. Filled with bodyweight exercises that can be tailored to the participant’s strength level, full-body suspension-training workouts make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. During each 45-minute session, Jungle Gym XT straps cultivate flexibility and balance, helping to prevent injuries and promote good posture.
The well-being enthusiasts behind The Fitness Center for Women know the names of all their members. That’s because creating a community based around health and meaningful relationships is the guiding principle behind the center. To that end, they have brought together group fitness classes such as power yoga, kickboxing, and cycling, six-week personal-training sessions, massage therapy, and nutrition counseling in order to holistically heal all aspects of the body and mind.
Tom Bacha’s fist and feet are like a force field made of whip-quick cobras. The martial artist holds a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do, an Expert Series instructor certification from Krav Maga Worldwide, and a Brazilian jujitsu teaching certification from Best Way Jiu-Jitsu. At Connecticut Krav Maga, he and five other certified instructors draw on their kick-punching prowess to pass on Imi Lichtenfeld’s legendary martial art, krav maga, used by the Israeli Defense Force and the US Marines. Designed around the instinctual ways people defend themselves, the method gets quick-learned into students’ muscle memory, teaching students to fend off surprise attacks or disarm opponents carrying knives, guns, or prosthetic limbs.
The customized workouts at Achieve Fitness focus on clients’ goals, such as running in a marathon, increasing flexibility, or bench-pressing an actual park bench. A variety of equipment is used during personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes, and include exercise balls, weight machines, and treadmills. The studio is outfitted with expansive mirrors that enable clients to keep an eye on their form when squatting or doing Pilates.
For many, maintaining a healthy fitness regimen is an off-putting chore on par with cleaning the garage or assembling that backyard roller coaster for the kids. The folks behind Snap Fitness, who now boast locations all over the world, are of the opinion that this doesn't have to be the case. They believe seven-day access to premium cardio and strength-training equipment, innovative easyFIT monitors to track personal progress, and perpetual guidance from certified professionals can help transform physical fitness into an accessible activity that yields measurable and tangible results. In addition to providing online workout rubrics and meal plans, they work to keep sweat glands up and running by offering workout rewards programs, making regular check-in calls, and measuring bodies—sans padded muscle suits—every 30 days.
New Britain-Berlin YMCA's 90,000-square-foot complex helps members improve their lives through community programs, personal training programs, and a variety of fitness facilities, including a new massage studio. Besides bulking up on full circuit of Nautilus strength equipment or powering through Precor treadmills, steppers, and ellipticals, visitors can join friends for games of basketball in the double gymnasium or chuck tomatoes at the walls of five on-site racquetball courts. The clear waters of the 25-yard swimming pool parallel the mirrored walls of an 800-square-foot fitness studio, where members can partake in several health and wellness programs throughout the week.