A self-described no-nonsense fitness studio, The Loft Gym's trainers focus on one thing and one thing only: getting their clients in great shape, quickly and safely. Inside the airy, lofted space, treadmills and weight machines await visitors along with handful of classes such as yoga, Zumba, and tai chi. The line-up also includes an intense boot-camp course, which encourages new students to work at their own pace until they can eventually complete the class from start to finish without stopping or quoting Stripes.
Though now spread over 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.
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.
Valeria Rodriguez helps her students take charge of their health and wellbeing with fun, interactive dance workouts. Each Zumba session is part trip to the gym, part dance party, with Latin rhythms fueling every twist, turn, and shake. The classes help strengthen one’s core and burn calories. Parents can instill healthy exercise habits with kid's Zumba birthday parties that get kids moving with a playlist full of hip-hop, reggae, and the birthday boy or girl's favorite songs.
With nearly 150 classes offered weekly at three locations, Busy Body Fitness Center has workouts for dancers, boxers, and yogis alike. The packed calendar also dabbles in popular fitness acronyms, like P90X and TRX, which develop participants' overall strength and endurance. Those who enjoy their routines with a little rhythm can drop by for Zumba, Dance Jam, or Drums Alive, whereas high-powered cardio work is the theme of spinning and kickboxing classes.
The atmosphere of group classes is informed by communal support. This spirit of encouragement is also echoed in one-on-one guidance from personal trainers. In addition to a typical fitness background of coaching clients and mining medicine balls from the depths of the earth, each trainer has a minimum of 10 years of physical-therapy experience. That ensures they can both help clients find the most beneficial exercises and teach them how to properly execute those workouts.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
The experienced Zumba guru Loibel Clark helms the eponymous Loibel Dance Studio, where she and her team of instructors lead a variety of fitness classes. Though Loibel's dance training began at the age of 4 with ballet and Venezuelan folk dance, she has now become a mainstay of South Floridian Zumba. Her list of accomplishments includes several appearances in Zumba founder Beto Perez's instructor-training videos, as well as a variety of television credits. At her dance studio, exercisers can benefit from her Zumba wisdom during classes held two or three times daily, as well as the packed schedule's other classes such as circuit training, cardio belly dance, samba, and jazz funk.