Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Team Tiger Martial Arts blends traditional techniques and modern training methods in its martial-arts classes. Students learn to kick and punch in cardio-kickboxing, tae kwon do, and Warrior Fitness and Strengthening classes. In addition to self-defense, the studio runs a variety of fitness classes—including yoga, tai chi, and Zumba—that build lean muscle.
Former U.S. Marine Carlos Valdez heads the experienced trainers at Power Fitness, deploying militaristic discipline to shape clients with body-sculpting workouts and nutritional advice. After evaluating fitness levels and goals, trainers infect aerobic amateurs and ruthless oxygen destroyers alike with contagious motivational mojo. Boot campers engage in weight-bearing exercises that pit gravity against muscles— gravity's greatest battle since it handily defeated astronaut ice cream.
The you-lifting moves are designed to increase muscle strength, tighten cores, and tone hearts. One-hour sessions (starting at 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.) take place Monday–Friday at Body Builder's Powerhouse gym. Camp purists can roast muscles over cardiovascular fires in outdoor sessions that convene Monday–Friday at Bill Schupp Park on Zinnia Avenue from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition to muscle manipulation, Power Fitness trainers also provide healthy-eating guidelines and meal plans to maximize intake of nutritional grub and minimize intake of flaming batons.
As the official training center for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Summit Sports Club greets guests with a wide array of alley-oop-grade facilities for physical fitness. Smack tennis balls and biceps into shape in one of Summit's four full-size indoor tennis courts or five indoor racquetball quadrangles.
Zumba classes at Explosion Dance & Fitness Center fuse the sweaty determination of regular workouts with the exuberance of dance. Instructors lead an aerobic group through sensual salsa and merengue steps to the pulsing beat of zesty Latin music. Early birds can undulate to the song of the lark with a month of five-person morning Zumba classes led by an enthusiastic personal trainer. Along with plenty of one-on-one attention and motivational high fives, VIP members receive a customized health and nutrition program. Classes occur daily, but times are subject to change; call ahead for scheduling.
The experienced Kundalini instructors at Kundalini Yoga House guide guests through mind and body exercises, teaching an ancient form of yoga that focuses on awakening untapped energy via a series of poses, breathing exercises, and meditation. Banish stress by twisting torsos and elongating appendages during the yoga for stress relief classes, or feel your breath ebb and flow during breathing practices in the yoga for harmony session (taught in Spanish). The 60-minute yoga for women course teaches Kundalini yoga sets and meditations that are specially designed for women, just like stilettos and pH-balanced deodorant.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. For 30 minutes, you'll move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that you'll have a chance to laugh with your fellow fitness frontierswomen. Because you're all at different stations, you won't feel like you're in competition with anyone but yourself—and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music will include cues to let you know when it's time to move on to the next station. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making and each membership can be used toward unlimited visits and free weight-management classes with trained professionals.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
At Rejuvenating Touch Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapist Chris Duran uses relaxing Swedish and therapeutic deep-tissue and sports massages to alleviate stress and pain. But those aren't the only benefits his massages can bring. They can also help improve blood circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system, assisting the body's natural processes for waste removal. Still, Chris' primary focus is helping his clients unwind and relax, and, if desired, he can integrate warm stones or aromatherapy oils to melt every last shred of anxiety and tension.
With a combination of intense resistance training and martial arts, Savage Camp's trainers transform bodies. "Professional athletes have two hands, two feet, one head, breathe air, eat food, drink water," says the head trainer. "I can be as fit as they are." He encourages his trainees to approach their own fitness with a similar mindset, striving to do their very best and they work the heavy bags, strive to master one-armed pushups, or do aerial crunches with their legs wrapped around a bag for support.
As one of the premier teeth whitening lounges in the region, I Heart White Teeth tasks itself with keeping teeth gleaming white with its proprietary teeth-whitening system in a serene atmosphere. The peroxide gel works its magic over the course of two 20-minute sessions, each extracting a progressively deeper set of stains and remnants from layer cakes. Aside from its whitening properties, the gel boasts a mineral-rich formula that fortifies dental enamel.
Kettlebells, free weights, and medicine balls litter the ground after one of
Crosscore 956's intense workouts. The accredited CrossFit coach leads students of all fitness levels through unconventional exercises during the fitness classes that change daily. Exercises can include body-weight exercises, such as sprinting or pushups, or exercises with props, such as weightlifting, swinging heavy ropes, and ring dips.
The risks of liposuction are well documented—skin irregularities, infections, saying something embarrassing while under anesthesia, etc. That's why the staff at Quick Slim Ultra opts for a noninvasive approach to fat reduction. During QuickSlim treatments, they can liquefy unwanted fat cells by using LED light instead of surgical tools.
Aiming to increase energy levels with the adrenaline-boosting effects of exercise, Gloria's Energetics Studio flings open its doors to clients six days a week. Inside the studio, upbeat music sets the pace for intense Zumba sessions or combination aerobics classes.
Making a conscious decision to lose weight or quit smoking is often just the first step toward achieving that goal. To really stick with it, you might need to tap into the deeper recesses of your subconscious mind to change your behaviors. The hypnotherapists at Reflective Mind Hypnosis Center can help with this crucial next step. Their training has taught them effective ways of channeling into the mind's hidden depths and planting ideas that lead to a more positive outlook on getting—and staying—healthy. Most of their treatment programs can be completed in several sessions over the course of a few weeks, though the results are meant to last far longer. In the past, they've helped clients overcome stress, stick to diet plans, kick smoking habits, and achieve other elusive goals on the path toward better health.