When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes—including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba—offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
Though now spread throughout the United States, Crunch gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch gyms' fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
East Amherst's Mind Body Flow Yoga is a great place to go to improve your strength, flexibility, and peace of mind.
For a well-crafted dish, be sure to visit the restaurant at this studio.
This studio is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Whether you're trying to train for a marathon or just want to improve your fitness knowledge, enlist the help of one of the personal trainers on staff.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Looking to try something new? Sign-up for a class at Mind Body Flow Yoga in East Amherst for some quality relaxation and peace of mind.
Typically, at Fit2Box Fitness Studio, you'll only see one or two people working out. But don't mistake that number for a lack of interest: the absence of a crowd is by design. In order to create an intimate space where clients can focus solely on exercising and then flexing in the mirror, ACE-certified personal trainer Eric Pfahler only schedules one client or couple per hour. During that hour, Pfahler's background in boxing becomes apparent, as his fitness programs combine kickboxing and boxing movements with strength training and cardio exercises.
At Master Chong's Tae Kwon Do, Grandmaster Sun Chong—a former head coach for the US National Tae Kwon Do Team—and a team of talented instructors help students kick and punch their way across cushioned mats. Kids as young as 4 don crisp white uniforms and learn basic martial-arts techniques while improving their focus and self-control. Adults, too, can learn self-defense skills, burn calories, and boost their confidence in an encouraging environment. The instructors also hold classes for the entire family so kids and parents can build camaraderie while chopping their way through blocks of wood and sheets of metal.
Fusion is an amazing force. It sets stars ablaze, redefines cuisine, and has even produced a hybrid of a gym and spa at Platinum Fitness. There, certified personal trainers construct individualized workout regimens or lead small group classes, pumping up muscles with Zumba, Pilates, or yoga. Therapists work alongside them, relaxing bodies with massage treatments or chiropractic manipulations, which, like an argument in Bantu, commonly produce clicking noises. After a workout or knead, members can relax in an infrared sauna or educate themselves about healthy eating with a nutritional consultation.