Focusing on intense, personalized exercise regimens, 'W'arehouse's team of certified health professionals tailors programs to suit a wide range of fitness ambitions. Upon joining, members are given an evaluation, gauging muscular endurance, body fat, flexibility, and the ability to whistle "Chariots of Fire." A customized regimen of weight training, cardio training, and fitness classes is then bestowed upon the fitness neophyte and carried through in a variety of small-group sessions–usually involving five people or fewer–held throughout the week.
Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out. That's according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore North, a member of the gym family named the sixth-best in America by The Active Times. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or high heels. Instead, classes feature trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker leads students through group classes and personal-training sessions, and seasoned coaches who oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement.
Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting lean muscle, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Instructors also instill in their clients the CrossFit style with functional movements that aim to boost strength, power, and coordination.
Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces that embody a cultivated lack of the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes.
At The Gym of Boca Raton, Life Fitness, Cybex, and Precor cardio and weight-training equipment line up in rows across the 15,000-square-foot space, helping patrons in their journeys to lead healthier lifestyles. But unlike many cookie-cutter workout facilities, exercise equipment isn't all The Gym has to offer. Here, certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors guide members to their goals during one-on-one training sessions and a full schedule of motivating fitness classes, including Zumba, yoga, and spin. The team doles out nutritional information and counseling for optimal weight-loss results, and strives to keep their clients on track with attainable, yet challenging, weekly goals. One week they might push them to increase their push-up regimen from sets of 10 to sets of 15, and the next they might urge them to achieve putting their pants on two legs at a time.
During Billy’s United States Fitness Corps Boot Camp program, members take to the beach to complete high-intensity workout regimens. Patrons work up a sweat pumping out lunges, sprints, and various other bodyweight exercises to shed inches and tone muscles.
The Gym also offers workout-enhancing perks, such as childcare, allowing parents and guardians to burn calories without strapping their youngsters to a stationary bike's handlebars.
Before she was the personal makeup artist to Barack Obama during his campaign for the presidency, Jennifer Bradley was a stage and screen actress who struggled with acne-prone skin. To combat it, she started creating her own skincare formulas that were free of mineral oils, fragrances, and fillers. Those formulas soon became her business, Jennifer Bradley Corporation products, which she now wields as a makeup artist to the stars.
In addition to being touted in the pages of People and US Weekly, her makeup and skincare lines have graced the faces of Michelle Obama, Kelly Clarkson and Pamela Anderson. She regularly teaches clients how to become their own makeup masters during Makeup 101 classes, where she shows them how to cover age spots, contour cheekbones, and create a smoky eye that doesn't induce cravings for barbecue.
Though Boca Gym's array of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength machines commands an impressive 1,000 square feet of space, the gym's staff is anything but robotic. The certified personal trainers and instructors strive to call everyone by name, whether they are assisting with deadlifts or running a kickboxing class—one of more than 40 group fitness classes scheduled per week. Their bright attitude complements the light that streams through floor-to-ceiling windows, and the neon-pink glow of the studio's walls.
The staff welcomes guests of every age and background to explore the facility, which includes a childcare area, tanning, and a juice bar. Instead of volunteering to climb and light the town's lampposts, members who wish to work out at night can swipe their 24-hour access card at the door.
Servicing the local community for 30 years, the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides an outlet for fitness, cultural education, and childcare. Exercisers can get their fill of endorphins inside the gym or by participating in a group fitness class or sports league. Meanwhile, kids hang out with their peers and engage in fun, educational activities during summer camps and after-school programs. With an emphasis on Jewish heritage, the JCC also offers adult-oriented classes in the arts, as well as frequent musical and cultural events.