Since Joe Gold opened the first location in 1965 in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 700 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength.Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members—which include professional athletes and celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Faith Hill, and Jessica Alba—chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers in cycling sessions.
At the Tampa location, owners Ed and Patty team up with an expert crew of trainers to help clients achieve their fitness goals. The gym floor corrals modern equipment such as low-impact ellipticals and treadmills outfitted with individual TVs, and the spin room showcases Livestrong stationary bikes. Instructors also lead dynamic group fitness classes that include disciplines such as yoga, MMA, and boot camps.
At Calta's 24/7 Fitness Clubs, members can work out at any time of day, seven days a week. Instructors at the 24/7 gym also lead group cardio-fitness classes, and personal trainers help clients observe correct form while lifting weights or using machines.
Since 2007, personal trainer Ron Jones has been helping his students achieve their fitness goals with boot-camp-style workout classes at his gym, Fit To Go. His custom cross-training program comprises a combination of targeted workouts using a range of equipment—including cardio machines, ropes, and kettlebells—to burn through calories and build muscle.
At Science of Strength, owners Eddie Juica and Travis Kuykendall build dynamic workouts using kettlebells, Olympic lifts, and functional training. Suspension training with Jungle Gym XT suspension straps makes clients work with their own body weight, building core power as well as ligament and tendon strength.
Patricia Junqueira's passion for helping people get fit may only be eclipsed by her passion for fitness itself. Patricia began running when she was 18 years old and since then, she's competed in seven Ironman triathlons–including two World Championship appearances in Hawaii. Using her bachelor's degree in physical education and physical therapy, Patricia fuses her two passions inside Tri-Life Training, an airy, but private fitness studio.
Working alongside a group of certified trainers, massage therapists, and other experts in the field, Patricia engineers personal training programs that establish realistic goals for clients, while measuring their progress along the way. Her team can also help prepare athletes for more intense competition, such as triathlons or races across the ocean floor.
The certified personal trainers at Workout Time LLC help their clients reach peak physical condition during private and group training sessions. They design workouts best suited to each exerciser's fitness level and goals, combining cardio and strength training. Exercises incorporate a variety of equipment, such as free weights and stability balls.
Though many workers-out desire want a gym that feels like a home away from home, complete with saunas, juice bars, and tanning beds, Elite Strength & Conditioning caters to a different class of gym-goers. Inside the spartan space, every inch is dedicated to the most effective, functional conditioning equipment, from coiled metal chains to hulking tractor tires. During guided workouts and open-gym sessions, members push themselves to their limits, burning through calories at breakneck speed while layering on muscle. The process helps clients improve athletic performance and prepare for an apocalypse that leaves behind nothing but kettlebells with which to build houses.