From Pilates, yoga, and cycling classes to facials, body wraps, and massages, Changes in Motion’s repertoire of life-affirming services helps clients achieve health and beauty from the inside out. Students can enroll in small-group classes or one-on-one sessions with one of three licensed Pilates instructors—former dancer Effie, Power Pilates expert Emmy, or Pilates veteran Wendy. The trio rounds up Reformer machines, springboards, and a TRX suspension system to help novices and seasoned students alike strengthen and tone their cores. The studio also boasts a full class schedule packed with non-Pilates sessions, such as spinning, cross training, and yoga.
After clients work up a sweat, they can head to the spa for a 60-minute cooldown session with a licensed massage therapist, who customizes deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai stretch techniques to individual concerns. Across the hall, licensed aestheticians use Éminence, B&G, and WoodSprite organic skincare products during facials and body wraps, hydrating skin and restoring a look of youth. Meanwhile, two noninvasive systems—the TriActive laser and electrical-stimulation machine—blend technologies to boost circulation, smooth cellulite, and tighten skin without the hassle of squeezing into a straitjacket made entirely of band-aids.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core hardeners alike. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning caloric evidence with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Rather than wasting time on treadmills or relaxing in saunas, members of CrossFit Murk's spartan, no-nonsense gym sprint, jump, and sweat their way to strength and good health. Short high-intensity CrossFit workouts of the day keep muscles and minds focused and powerful with bursts of energetic, functional movement that varies constantly.
At Steel Mill Crossfit & Gym, a team of trainers helps students set and meet fitness goals. Daily classes incorporate a workout of the day, which is scaled in intensity to suit the fitness level of each individual. Exercisers also receive nutrition instruction and one-on-one guidance during the small-group sessions.
To take a cue from Spock, there are a number of coolly rational reasons to prefer the workouts at CrossFit Vulcan. First, the system stresses variation, ensuring the workouts don't become repetitive and dull. Besides that, CrossFit is adaptable; trainers can easily alter routines to make them suitable for students of all ages and fitness levels. And of course, it helps that every student takes an introductory course on the fundamentals of the technique before beginning, since that means everyone in the class is prepared for what's to come. But setting aside all those logical reasons for liking CrossFit, the system also has a visceral appeal. Listen in on a class and you may hear everything from grunts and laughter to sighs of relief and ululation.
Equipment: Precor, Cybex, Life Fitness
Students should bring: Just bring yourself. We have towels, water, and lockers.
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep our members motivated by constantly coaching and encouraging them.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
No, pain is not always to answer to reaching your goal. Consistency gets better results with fewer injuries.