Like saltine crackers, boring exercise routines can quickly become stale, unappealing, and methodically decimated during halfhearted crunches. Spicy up your physical pantry with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a 10-class punch card to Elite Fitness (a $90 value) in Cromwell.
Elite Fitness treats fledgling fitness-goers to a weekly schedule of more than 30 frequently updated workout classes. Teams of insightful body sculptors, most with 5–10 years of experience, guide small groups of participants to sculpt stunning figures out of amorphous anatomical blocks. The center’s popular Group Cycling classes get extra oomph from sophisticated and interactive Keiser M3 bikes, and Step and Body Combat classes promise flexing and swelling without the unwarranted attacks of cyborg punching bags. Exercisers can empirically prove that they have rhythm while shimmying to the internationally influenced beats of Zumba workouts or show solidarity with their native music by dancing off calories to top pop tunes in the recently unveiled Sh'Bam classes.
Class sizes are limited to 10–15 clients, giving instructors the leeway to address individual issues, provide feedback, and unleash flamethrowers onto burn-resistant calories. Purchasable babysitting services safely stow children during classes, and an in-house juice bar peddles metabolism-boosting drinkables.
Fitness-centric posters speckle the walls of the newly expanded Elite Fitness studio, aiming to motivate students through workouts during more than 35 fitness classes throughout the week. Reflected in the towering mirrors, seasoned instructors captain cardio, strength-training, and flexibility sessions, including an innovative Sh'Bam class, where they'll guide students through high-intensity dance moves to the tune of popular music. Otherwise, in a private cycling room, they'll lead indoor rides on advanced M3 bicycles, which, unlike real bikes, provide computerized feedback and don't try to buck the rider every 2 miles.
At the studio's juice bar, attendants dole out healthy postworkout fruit shakes that feature ingredients such as whey protein. Meanwhile, attendants look after youngsters in an onsite babysitting center.