Crunch Fitness gyms collect expert staff members and advanced equipment to populate their four facilities, where members can approach fitness from multiple angles. They might drop in on a kickboxing class to toast calories with fast-paced jabs, or slow down with focused yoga stretches. Free weights complement cardio and strength machines for those who fear that treadmills might become sentient and stick to pratfall settings. Nutritional and childcare services balance out the exercise amenities at certain locations, and personal trainers readily craft custom workout programs during one-on-one sessions.
The trainers at Odyssey Athletic Center know that a single approach to physical fitness is as boring as it is limiting. They bear certifications and degrees from a variety of disciplines, earning the recognition of workout guilds ranging from the Aerobic & Fitness Association of America and the World Instructor Training School to the American Council of Exercise. This knowledge of different exercise systems enables them to host 60 classes per week inside their 27,000-square-foot facility. Their scheduled Pilates sessions help students nurture lean muscle without bulk, and Zumba meetings melt away calories with fun dance steps set to a Latin beat. To ensure they stay informed on emerging fitness techniques, staff members attend continuing-education classes and hold weekly question-and-answer sessions with their dumbbells.
CKO Kickboxing founder Joseph Andreula's knowledge of exercise goes beyond creating effective workouts. It also helps guide the Fitness Standards Council, a nonprofit advisory panel of doctors and certified personal trainers, and provides the basis for the articles he’s published in Exercise for Men, Men's Health, and _Men's Fitness Magazine. But his true passion lies in the innovative fitness classes he created at CKO Kickboxing gyms. Since 1997, these gyms have housed Andreula’s exercise classes, which use basic kickboxing techniques to lead students toward powerful strength and greater endurance. In contrast to other kickboxing routines that have participants kick the air or invisible schoolyard bullies, students in CKO Kickboxing sessions strike hanging heavy bags to help them tone more muscle and burn up to 1,200 calories in a single class.
Couture Craft Studios' owner, Jaime, has what she calls a “deep-rooted love of all things DIY." She founded the studio as a way of working on her own craft projects and helping others complete theirs. Each day of the week, Couture offers classes and workshops with revolving themes, teaching participants how to create everything from party decorations to patriotic tutus. Afterschool programs and summer camps impart crafting skills to the 12-and-under set.
For two days, young performers experience what it's like to audition for a Broadway show. They take on the challenging roles of professional actors, singers, and dancers, while training with coaches and auditioning their skills. The structure of these weekends mirrors actual Broadway auditions, but in reality they are Journey to Broadway's signature theater workshops.
The mock auditions and training sessions take place in a group environment, which allows students to learn from each other's work. Instructors watch and give each young performer ample hands-on coaching. The faculty includes working professionals such as award-winning choreographer Danielle Brennan, known for her expertise in training young dancers, David Hibbard, whose students have performed on Broadway, and Emily Hsu, a triple threat who has graced the Playbills of a dozen Broadway shows.
At Ethos Fitness Spa for Women, the focus isn't just on inner health, but outer health as well. The combination gym and spa sports a variety of weight-training and cardio machines, as well as workout spaces for small group-fitness classes, enabling ladies to fine-tune their form whichever way is most comfortable. Meanwhile, inside the spa, clients can soothe recently worked muscles with a therapeutic massage, correct their complexion with a facial treatment, or even highlight newly toned limbs with a UV-free airbrush tan. Staff nutritionists also bring outer and inner health together by constructing personalized food plans that can include everything from meal planning to kitchen makeovers to tips for successfully disarming the grocery store sample lady.