Today's Groupon gets you three 60-minute personal training sessions at YourDay e.t.c. for just $75—71% off the $255 value. YourDay aims for a holistic approach to health—its founder lectures on achieving personal growth through health and fitness and calibrating physical and mental energy until you're able to summon and fire energy balls from your hands.
Equipment: Weights, rowing equipment, and kettlebells
Students should bring: Workout clothes and water
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
The primary driver with CrossFit is accountability, which we cultivate through a strong community bond with your friends and coaches. It's also motivating to see your own performance improve. Once you get a taste of feeling faster and stronger, nothing else compares.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Outside class time, coaches may assign homework ranging from gymnastics and Olympic lifting to practicing any of the vast array of movements.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
A typical session includes a warmup, mobility stretching, and movement review before progressing into the workout of the day. Each session concludes with enthusiastic high-fives with your classmates and coaches.
Marty P. Hill, bit by the boxing bug at age 25, started training and fighting while balancing a full-time job in corporate America. When a severe shoulder and back injury sidelined his competitive career he refused to leave the game, instead earning his training certification from USA Boxing and he now helps others get in fighting condition at Sweet Science Fitness. Here, he and his trainers proffer pugilistic skills in the form of one-on-one sessions, small-group classes, and group cardio sessions that eschew contact in the ring.
Along with forging stronger bodies and faster metabolisms, Marty’s workouts help boost fast-twitch-muscle development and improve hand-eye coordination, which comes in handy when defending yourself from the shadow that’s always following you. Having overcome his injuries, Marty can now often be found training alongside his students, and is competing in the 35-and-over level of USA Boxing’s Masters division.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
It would seem that Josh Guise's personal mantra is "train hard or go home," a motivational phrase he painted right on the wall of the AllStar Fit Training studio. Josh and his award-winning team of trainers specialize in small group classes, hosting up to four people for cross-training sessions that might include anything from kickboxing to body-weight resistance exercises. The sessions are designed to produce noticeable results in 30 days or less, and can be supplemented with personal fitness assessments, nutritional plans, and free weights that don't need to be fed or walked. Josh's intense, results-oriented workouts can challenge even the most disciplined athletes: one regular who comes in 4–5 times a week reported that he still feels physically taxed after each session.
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Ross helms Condition Kettlebell Gym, a boutique fitness studio with classes that center on the spherical, handled weights. Studio workouts, held up to six times daily, unfold in a spartan studio with exposed brick walls decorated only with pull-up bars and ropes. Before they can access drop-in classes, students must attend introductory sessions to learn basic kettlebell lifts, and to never work out near an enormous electromagnet.