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Women's Health Fitness Awards

Women's Health Fitness Awards

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Published by Cary Castagna
At Women’s Health, we see hundreds
of sneakers, sports bras, and dumbbells every year. We visit countless gyms across the country. We road-test new water bottles and earbuds. AND THESE WINNERS JUST
DO EVERYTHING BETTER.
At Women’s Health, we see hundreds
of sneakers, sports bras, and dumbbells every year. We visit countless gyms across the country. We road-test new water bottles and earbuds. AND THESE WINNERS JUST
DO EVERYTHING BETTER.

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At
Women’s Health
, we see hundredsof sneakers, sports bras, and dumbbells every year.We visit countless gyms across the country.We road-test new water bottles and earbuds.
AND THESE WINNERS JUSTDO EVERYTHING BETTER.
FITNESS
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by Jen Atorphotographs by Ture Lillegraven
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AWARDS
 
FITNESS
AWARDS
Body by You
No costly memberships, no sweatystrangers—it’s no surprise that peoplewith home gyms are 73 percentmore likely to get active than thosewithout one. Your turn! We polled10 top trainers for the key pieces ofequipment to welcome home.
NEW YORK CITY
Peak Performance
You’llonly get one-on-one,customized training here,utilizing unorthodoxequipment (like sleds andnonmotorized treadmills)to keep your workoutsanything but boring.
 peakperformancenyc.com
Sports Centerat ChelseaPiers
A sportsman’s dream:regulation boxing ring, rockwall, pool, indoor track,sand volleyball court, threebasketball courts—plusmore than 00 classes aweek.
chelseapiers.com/sc 
Clay Health Club
Everydetail is accounted or, romthe expected (top-notchtrainers and classes) to thesurprising (disposableflip-flops in the lockerroom? Yes, please!).
insideclay.com
1
Dumbbells
Fancy? No. Butdumbbells were votedthe single mostessential tool orworking out at home.The hex-shaped
Perform Better RubberEncased Dumbbells
won’t roll away,get slippery when yousweat, or destroyyour floor. Get at leasttwo pairs (one light,one heavy) tocover your exercisebases.
 $30 (10-pound pair), performbetter.com
2
SuspensionSystem
Gyms love theTRX, which uses yourbody weight tochange the resistanceo any move. Now, theportable
TRX HomeSuspension TrainingKit
has been perectlytailored to flip over adoor or around a(sturdy) stair banister.
 $200, trxtraining.com
4
Chinup Bar
Body-weightexercises cover everybasic movement—except pulling.
Gold’sGym Multi-TrainingDoor Gym
easilyattaches to a doorway(and comes downscuf-ree) so you cando chinups anytime.
 $30, sportsauthority.com
Whether you’re hunting for a cycling studio in Chicagoor a new personal trainer in Boca, your search stops here. Wereceived more than 700 nominations from the country’stop fitness experts and
WH 
readers, then narrowed the list tothese kick-ass workout joints. (Nothing in your zip code? See“National Treasures,” page 136, for the best national chains.)
Hot Spots
PROTRAINER PANEL:
Craig Ballantyne
, Toronto, author of
Turbulence Training
;
Ashley Borden
, Fitness Factory in LosAngeles;
Ramona Braganza
, Los Angeles, creator of the 321Training Method;
Hannah Davis
, cofounder of Gotham VersatileTraining in New York City;
Todd Durkin
, San Diego, author of
TheImpact! Body Plan
;
B.J. Gaddour
, Milwaukee, CEO of StreamFit.com;
David Jack
, founder of Actv8 Phoenix;
Harley Pasternak
,Los Angeles, author of
The Body Reset Diet 
;
Chris Powell
,Phoenix, trainer on ABC’s
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
;
Kira Stokes
, Reebok Sports Club/NY, Equinox in Connecticutand Westchester, New York, and Revolve in New York City
 
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Resistance Bands
Small ones loop aroundyour lower hal tostrengthen and slimyour legs, hips,and butt, while biggerbands can makebody-weight squatsextra challenging orhelp with assistedchinups.Our avorites:
GoFit Power Loops3-Pack
,
 $15, gofit.net;
Superbands
(1 
 / 
8
inch), $25, performbetter.com
HONORABLE MENTIONS
6.
Adjustable bench: Bowflex SelectTech .Series Bench,
 $160, dickssportinggoods.com
7.
Foam roller: OPTP Black Axis Roller,
 $20.40,optp.com
8.
Jump rope: SPRI Speed Rope,
 $6, gnc.com
9.
Kettlebell: Power Systems PremiumKettlebell,
 $29 to $88, powersystems.com
10.
Sliding disks: Valslide,
 $30, valslide.com
5
Stability Ball
Whether you’redoing mountainclimbers or sittingbehind a desk,a stability ball instantlyups the body-toningante.
GymnicClassic Plus ExerciseBall 55-cm
is practicallyburst-proo, and it’sree o latex so itwon’t smell or irritateyour skin.
 $13.15, optp.com
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