Victoria Ainis says that, once upon a time, she thought of her dream body as unattainable. She tried various fitness regimens and diets, but she fought with her basic need to eat and her desire to spend time with friends rather than at the gym. She began to think that perhaps the challenge was not to to starve oneself or spend hours working out, but rather to eat the right things and do the right exercises. After some research, she began to see results, and her desire to share those results with others led her to found Ultimate Fitness Breakthrough.
Today, she combines nutritional programs with fun, fast work outs. She changes up the physical challenges regularly, making use of the great outdoors and her obstacle course over more boring things such as treadmills, weightlifting, or re-shelving heavy library books.
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.
Rigorous and always changing, the daily workouts at CrossFit FTF unite exercisers of all levels of athleticism under the eye of a CrossFit-certified coach. Trainers here don't just develop trainees' muscles with intense, functional movements?they also work to cultivate a community of fitness enthusiasts. To that end, the box regularly hosts seminars and special challenges. And, when staff members aren't leading Workouts of the Day, they're recording a podcast to keep perspiring pals connected via earbuds.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Bulldog Gym, Inc.'s forest of free weights and jungle of gym equipment may look familiar, but it's the gym's invisible assets that make it exceptional. The on-site trainers?who specialize in working with teenage athletes?help members put together personalized workout, drawing on more than 30 years of experience in the forever-evolving fitness industry. Though they start by helping their clients determine what their output should be, they also extend their coaching to input. They construct customized diets designed to give each individual the right combination of nutrients to reach their personal goals, such as finally breaking through the food pyramid.
The trainers at Precision Fitness believe that achieving wellbeing is a deeply individual process. For this reason, they work only with small groups of students, avoiding the intimidating bustle that’s common at most gyms and instead facilitating focused, nonjudgmental sessions. The intimate setting allows them to create exercise regimens for patrons of all walks of life, from those with little gym experience to seasoned athletes or brides-to-be. Their programs typically involve a mix of cardiovascular and weight training, as well as nutrition tips for healthier long-term diets that don't just advise patrons to eat two apples a day. Though they embrace a private atmosphere during lessons, group activities outside of the gym, such as bowling outings and dinner parties, encourage a sense of community among their clients.
Equipment: Forge Fitness
Students should bring: Athletic shoes, water, and energy
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
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