Despite the Mud Dog Run's mud pits and climbing walls, racers usually finish this 5K race. They just don't always finish "alive." That's because in the race's Halloween incarnation, they're not only tackling obstacles, but also fleeing a zombie horde at their heels. Grotesquely made-up creatures stagger along in runner's wakes, excitedly snatching up brains, a.k.a., each runner's health flags hanging at their waists. Finish the race flagless and you're still a winner?but only in the fitness sense. You'll cross the Dead Only finish line and for a week afterward may feel the need to refer to your bed's headboard as your "sleep tombstone." But there's more to this heart-pumping race than just a good time: proceeds go to help build water wells in communities in Ghana.
Barking orders for more than 20 years, The Sergeant's Program's head sergeant Chuck Dyson and his dedicated troop of more than 50 sergeants and personal trainers transform figures with military-style fitness sessions. The program provides a knowledgeable instructor to lead recruits through cardio, core, flexibility, stabilization, and resistance training while creating camaraderie amongst fellow fitness platooners. Though each day is fueled with running drills and calisthenics, Mondays and Fridays will be focused on increasing lower body and flank strength and Tuesdays and Thursdays will be geared toward upper body workouts. Cardio-intensive Wednesdays are solely dedicated to getting the heart pumping, sweat streaming, and reshaping rumps flattened by years in stagecoach-driver seats. Although the sergeants utilize a tough-love approach to push clients to their fullest fitness factor, the atmosphere is kept personable by their injections of light-hearted humor and giggling quartets of chipmunks.
At MMA & Sport, anyone can turn their bodies into lean, muscular fighting machines under a team of qualified and experienced instructors. Founder Kyle Sefcik is a professional mixed-martial artist as well as a fitness guru and mogul, while Brazilian jiu-jitsu 8th-degree black belt Pedro Sauer honed his craft in his native Brazil under the Gracie family?the originators of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and inventors of the delicious knuckle sandwich. Pupils practice hard-hitting self-defense techniques during Krav Maga classes, or build core muscles with Muay Thai kickboxing courses. In addition to learning martial art skills, members can build better bodies with sessions of yoga, fitness bootcamp, and sports conditioning.
The staff at Svetness brings their personal-training expertise directly to your doorstep. They provide all of the necessary accoutrements—kettlebells, medicine balls, bands, and free weights—to help clients lose weight, tone muscles, or become flexible enough to be their own coat hangers. After solo or group training sessions, clients can even enlist the expertise of Svetness's on-staff massage therapist for muscle-soothing sessions.
Studio X helps students evacuate unwanted weight through fun one-hour Zumba classes, which feature a fusion of dance and fitness movements set to buoyant Latin rhythms. Melt away up to 900 calories and three pocket ice creams by heeding verbal cues from experienced instructors in classes that repeat routines over six- to eight-week intervals, allowing participants to familiarize themselves with step progressions, music, and instructor birthmarks encoded with the key to happiness. In addition to traditional Zumba classes, Studio X offers sessions in Zumba toning and beginner Zumba. See the full class schedule for more information.
At Warrior Fitness & MMA Bootcamp, where the coaches have black belts and compete in Olympic events, it's fitting that the facility's signature Warriorfit program combines martial arts and fitness techniques. During classes that consist of roughly 15–20 students, the staff pushes exercisers through a gamut of Olympic exercises, martial arts drills, and boot camp tasks such as flipping an oversized tire end-over-end without being caught by the monster truck's owner. Don't let the coaches' techniques or backgrounds intimidate you, though; they welcome all fitness levels to both of their facilities.