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.
Eastside Wellness Connections? studios offer a range of core-strengthening workouts. Stationary bikes form rows inside one room for spinning classes led by a certified instructor. Laminate floors provide the stomping grounds for yoga classes, where students on mats bend, twist, and somersault their way into a series of poses. And Pilates students use mats and reformer machines to build long, lean muscles.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
Some athletes want to focus on endurance. Others want to unlock their competitive spirit. Still others hope to get their chakra energy flowing. At Cycle Bar, there's a spinning class for all those goals and more, each with its own light show and music. It's not just any music, either. Class playlists are high-octane, carefully-curated mixes of top 40 hits and indie tracks, starring artists from Iggy Azalea to Phantogram.
Regardless of theme and tunes, all sessions have one key thing in common: high-tech stationary bikes, which the Cycle Bar team dubs "intelligent." While not quite self-aware enough to be vain about their handlebars' symmetry, the cycles do store each athlete's workout stats, allowing for long-term fitness tracking.
All 10,500 square feet of HER Total Fitness are dedicated to the same goal: helping women pursue their fitness goals in a modern, supportive, judgment-free environment. The facility features an entire area stocked with LifeFitness strength-training equipment in addition to a separate section with Precor ellipticals, treadmills, and other cardio machines. With a bit of assistance from the staff, women can use this equipment to stay in shape.
Although members can develop and follow their own workout regimens, HER Total Fitness offers professional guidance in the form of personal training and group classes. The trainers can work closely with each individual, providing valuable insight and encouragement while keeping personal goals in mind. Throughout the week, instructors also lead group classes. Dance-inspired Zumba sessions get pulses racing, Vinyasa yoga hones mental and physical balance, and boot camps combine calisthenics and interval training to create high-intensity workouts that help build strength and stamina.
Aside from all of the workout opportunities, HER Total Fitness also caters to its members' needs by providing various amenities. Tanning beds ensure that the skin can retain its sun-bronzed hue all year long. The onsite massage therapist specializes as a medical massage practitioner, using specific modalities to address stress and tension found deep within the soft tissues. The facility even offers free childcare services in a safe, supervised environment complete with age-appropriate games and toys.
When she discovered a RealRyder fitness class as a student in Ann Arbor, Casey Hilmer fell in love with the way the bikes leaned from side-to-side because it meant she was working her core, upper body, and lower body, all while improving her balance and torching calories. When she couldn't convince the Ann Arbor studio to open a location in Cincinnati, she decided to take matters into her own hands and open Power Ryde with her mom. Their studio's classes utilize the same RealRyder bikes for a more intensive spinning workout.