Getting motivated to go to the gym isn't always easy, so the professionals at Proof Fitness wanted to make their gym a welcoming place that clients want to go to. One of the largest group fitness offerings in Lexington, the 20,000-square-foot facility houses more than 100 pieces of carido equipment, a large selection of free weights, and the latest circuit and strength training equipment. Additionally, there are four fitness studios, a TRX area, and an outdoor training area.
Seven days a week, their staff is on-site to work with clients on equipment if they want or for one-on-one personal training, small group training, and in their Youth Speed, Agility, Core and Vertical program. Group classes are both fun and functional. Sessions include kickboxing, ballet-influenced Barre, and stationary cycling, providing a host of options for members looking to put on muscle or shed a few pounds.
During one of TenCycling's not-so-traditional spinning classes, the studio's RealRyder patented articulating bikes lean and move just like real bicycles, simulating the experience of pedaling down the scenic slopes of a mountain road or up and down undulating foothills. As students novice to pro cycle, they tone and fully engage their muscles and quickly burn through calories. And unlike some spinning classes, these high-energy workouts activate the muscles in the upper body, often leading to improved posture or spontaneous, wrestler-style t-shirt shredding sessions.
At Fit, you'll never have trouble claiming a spot with ample elbow room in the small group fitness classes, which is a perk along with burning calories in a fun atmosphere. Classes include Raise the Barbell, a weight-lifting class that draws crowds, and Fit Cycle, which can burn up to 800 calories in 55 minutes of spinning.
If variety can spice up life in general, Inhale Exhale Studio's owner Hao Ly figures it's also a great way to keep exercising interesting. She, and her 20-plus teachers, leads a regimen of more than 50 group fitness classes held across all seven days of the week. Students might show up on Sunday and shape glutes in a barre-based fitness class or drop in on Monday to sweat during warm Vinyasa flow yoga lead by Hao herself. Other days feature similar options, as well as multiple forms of Pilates, boot camps, and even the occasional spinning class. To help fend off soreness and aches, Hao says the studio offers Thai bodywork, an assisted form of stretching with many similarities to yoga.
Equipment: Pilates Reformer apparatus, RealRyder bikes
Students should bring: hot yoga towel, bottle of water, yoga mat, spin shoes, hand towel
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
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.
The gym can be an intimidating place for unexperienced exercisers, which is why Better Bodies introduced its Healthy Start training program. During the initial session, the staff uses a computer program called the Virtual Fitness Planner to reveal basic biometrics and calculate the likelihood of health risks such as type-2 diabetes. Once you're informed, you can take action by signing up for a personal-training session, attending a group-fitness class, or lifting on
the fitness floor's Hammer Strength machines. For busy parents or particularly ripped nannies, Better Bodies also provides complimentary childcare services for members.