A Greek-themed fitness center might conjure the images of ancient Olympic events, but at Mediterranean Fitness, chariot races and javelin poles are nowhere in sight. Instead, crisp white architecture and ocean-blue accents decorate the boutique gym where exercisers build strength and self-confidence among free weights, modern cardio machines, and daily fitness classes including hot yoga and cycling. Complimentary childcare keeps kids busy while parents work up a sweat training for arm-wrestling matches with Zeus.
Urban Tactical Defense Center’s diverse team of trainers includes lifelong martial artists, former military personnel, and current police officers. Within the 8,000-square-foot facility—with two sparring rooms and a gym—these trainers pass on the self-defense and fitness techniques they acquired during their demanding careers to students of all ages, covering everything from defense tactics to proper firearms training. They rely on myriad approaches to boost health and self-confidence levels, imparting combat techniques during martial-arts and unarmed-combat classes; fending off calories in Combat Fitness Bootcamp courses; and bulking up entire bodies in circuit-training sessions. They even sprinkle meditation techniques from Chinese qi gong in some of their programs.
Alternatively, the staff leads youngsters through its own original MANTIS curriculum (Manage Any Nasty Trouble in School), acquainting them with tactics for dealing with bullies, teaching them self-defense moves, and hopefully giving them the strength to lift 12 action figures at once.
When students enter White Tiger Martial Art Fitness, they enter a world of meditative calm and constant physical improvement. Instructors specialize in three fitness classes: Pilates, Zumba, and Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do combines combat and self-defense techniques, teaching strong kicks, blocks, and open-hand strikes, which students practice in groups on red and blue mats. During Pilates classes, an instructor leads poses that tone core muscles as well as obscure muscles added in expansion packs, and Zumba classes crank up the volume with Latin beats.
Paul Scianna surveys his 5,000-square-foot boxing Xanadu, flashing his Hollywood smile at his team of expert trainers and muscle-building students. The professional boxer, who jabbed his way to reality-TV fame on The Next Great Champ with Oscar De La Hoya, puts clients through their paces, whether they’re sparring with him in the gym’s prominently displayed boxing ring, shedding pounds in group sessions, or getting nutrition advice. He schedules more than 30 weekly classes that teach students the fundamentals of boxing and slim profiles with high-cardio exercises. For aspiring pugilists, Paul starts his troupe of boxers young with empowering youth programs that teach kids the discipline and self-defense necessary to evade bullies and only punch their way to the top of the competitive chess circuit.
A full-body massage chair and onsite tanning beds are a few of the perks that make Dynamic Fitness feel more like a day spa than a typical gym. But it is a gym; people of all shapes and sizes reach their personal fitness goals thanks to the center's workout gear. There are treadmills, ellipticals, and other cardio equipment, plus an assortment of circuit machines and free weights. Staffers keep the gym noticeably clean by scrubbing, mopping, and sanitizing surfaces seven days a week.
In Tru-Strength Performance Center’s 4,700-square-foot gym, a team of personal trainers leads workout sessions, kickboxing classes, and boot camps that utilize a slew of cardio and strength-training equipment. Their range of classes includes general fitness boot camps—which whip students into shape with a blend of exercise and nutritional guidance—as well as dedicated training for performance athletes, with wrestling clinics and personal training.