Western Racquet & Fitness Club originally opened in 1974 as a premier sport and fitness facility and has since maintained its image by constantly updating equipment and adhering to core values that promote lifelong health. Erect a pyramid of health benefits sans complicated pulley systems and unethical building practices with tennis lessons, a high-energy workout that stimulates weight loss and mental stability. With 80 years of experience between them, Western’s tennis pros can help ailing backhands and uninspired serves with individualized instruction. Whether you’re a grass-court beginner or a tennis-fueled automaton with rackets for arms, Western will match you with a befitting instructor. The staff is so supportive to all customers that an old hot-wives tale declares that the building itself is built solely out of their sheer strength, encouraging compliments, and extensive knowledge of construction.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes opened The Little Gym based on his new take on physical education. His curriculum emphasized motivating children to achieve instead of pressuring them to win. As a result, The Little Gym became a noncompetitive, positive, nurturing environment where young ones could develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Since then, The Little Gyms have sprouted up across the country. The programs and classes aim to help kids develop skills such as rhythm and coordination, and kids camps during winter, spring, and summer breaks prevent children from creating finger paintings that express the existential ennui they feel when school is out of session.
At Fitness Renegades, no one simply works out; rather, participants execute daily missions, which involve moves ranging from rope climbing and tire rolling to squatting and performing handstand push-ups. Fueled by their motto: “not a gym, not a diet, a lifestyle,” the brains behind Fitness Renegades trade in traditional equipment and conventional exercise regimens for an intense, out-of-the-box tapestry of movement and interdisciplinary techniques designed to produce and, most importantly, maintain results. These workouts maybe tough, but that doesn’t prompt anybody to ignore the pain by plugging into an iPod or zoning out in front of a TV. All the members stay solely focused on performing the high-impact workout, as well as fostering friendships and support amongst their fellow renegades. They carry this sense of community to outside the gym as well, participating in activities such as cookouts and fun runs.
To reach the full-blown Renegade workout, new members must first prep in a Renegade Rookies workout sequence, which introduces key moves and covers nutrition basics. Additionally, Fitness Renegades recommends rookies and longtime members alike complement the unique fitness program with the Paleo diet, which means they should only eat anything Paleo-era hunter-gatherers could eat—mostly unprocessed meats, fruits, veggies, and mastodon skulls.
Karen Stoehr established 9th Street Wellness Center after a bout with cancer turned her attention to the healing arts. With the help of her staff, Karen guides clients toward whole-body health using services including massage, reiki, reflexology, and many other alternative energy healing techniques. The center regularly hosts seminars by experts in yoga, EFT, reconnective healing, healthy cooking, and nutrition. They provide clients with access to self-help books and discussion groups, equipping individuals with the ability to self-heal.
XO Fitness's Ryan and Karin Jennings, a husband-and-wife duo, lead a staff of certified trainers, including a former Team USA swimming coach. XO's team doesn't make clients teach themselves how to lift weights or participate in complicated workouts. Rather, the staff schedules clients for small-group or personal training sessions focused on both exercise and nutrition. The staff members design their trainings to meet distinct fitness goals, such as weight loss or lean-muscle gains. The studio also presents specialized classes for clients aged 60 and older, and helps new moms shed residual weight. XO Fitness also lends its expertise in providing adventure guidance, whether it's for running a marathon, participating in canoe or kayaking expeditions, or ding-dong ditching a belligerent world-champion sprinter.
Ryan’s marriage proposal was a little unusual. Rather than taking a knee and offering Karin a diamond ring, he stood proudly and offered her a seat—on a tandem bike. The duo has taken off on one adventure after another ever since, from tandem races to “extended field trips” across the United States with their kids in tow. But it wasn’t all fun and games for Team Jennings as they ventured from coast to coast. They also sleuthed around the nation’s gyms, knowing that they would soon settle down and open a true health club of their own, a club where members could receive individualized attention and assistance to achieve their health and fitness goals. They incorporated the knowledge they gleaned from that expedition when they launched XO Fitness.