Platoon's two-hour self-defense training course was developed by Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Noah Spear as a means of training teenaged girls and women in easy and effective techniques to escape a physical attack. She leads the small classes, giving personalized instruction that allows participants to perfect street-smart self-defense moves in an intimate setting. Practice on a real-live man before heading out into the wild armed with the knowledge and the ability to dodge danger. Call ahead for availability.
Gyms provide people with all of the equipment and guidance that they need to pursue their individual fitness goals. AFC Fitness is more than a gym though. Instead, the centers provide their members with a comprehensive range of services intended to help people not only get in better shape, but also begin living healthier lifestyles in general. This broad approach is apparent throughout the centers' massive selection of group fitness classes, which includes everything from aerial yoga and Pilates to CrossFit workouts and high-intensity water aerobics.
Personal trainers are also on hand to lend their expertise and coaches offer sports-specific training that covers the fundamentals of baseball or tennis. However, the focus isn't limited to guided workouts and fitness classes. AFC Fitness's physical therapists can help people gradually recover from the mobility-limiting effects of injury or surgery and the registered dietitians provide customized consultations that explain the nutritional value of fresh produce compared to plastic fruit.
John G. Essel, Boot Camp Challenge's American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified instructor, and his sculpted staff of fitness friends, whittle flabby flesh suits into well-tailored muscle tuxedos with a program of fun, intense exercises. With six 60-minute boot camp classes over a two-week period, bodies of all shapes and sizes will see tangible results, from the shedding of a few extra pounds to the fresh buds of a Hulk Hogan–style mustache. Personalized attention helps guide nutritional habits, strengthen muscles, increase endurance, and condition the cardiovascular system, and the body composition assessment allows students to track results in real time. Working out in a group is a great way to meet friends, share successes, build camaraderie, and discuss how great another Police Academy movie would be.
The instructors at Inner Drive Fitness take their cycling seriously. Astride state-of-the-art FreeMotion S11 stationary bicycles, they turn indoor cycling classes into adventures, replicating the rush of real-life races with footage splashed across a large-screen projection system. Their top-of-the-line audio system also keeps students motivated, pumping out techno jams and invigorating bald eagle screeches. The high-octane cycling sessions often blend in aspects of other fitness disciplines, with classes incorporating everything from strength training to yoga moves.
As the staff at RowZone Indoor Rowing Studios's fitness centers know, having a support network is key to achieving your fitness goals. Because of this, each of the gym's classes operates on a system that they term "The Crew Effect," in which every participant?instructor and client?goes through their workout at the same pace, and works toward a singular goal. In these sessions, groups use rowing machines to blend conventional rowing workouts with low-impact resistance exercises designed to tone the whole body. Adding to each class' positive, non-competitive atmosphere, RowZone's instructors regularly change the routines, which helps to ensure students don't get bored and try to swim home.
On his website, certified trainer Bill Abbott admits he may be “the laziest health and fitness expert in the world.” A lack of enthusiasm for drawn-out workouts and strict diets led him to develop the Unstoppable Fitness Formula—an efficient exercise routine that incorporates cardio, resistance, core, and flexibility to burn up to 850 calories per hour. During indoor classes at Fit Body Boot Camp, he and his team lead campers in whittling physiques with suspension trainers and battling ropes, using positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than the intimidation and ridicule employed by sentient refrigerators. In addition to correcting form and technique, the staff helps guests keep metabolisms roasting by doling out expert nutrition advice.