Sports Barn's mammoth and diverse schedule of more than 120 weekly group classes leaves little room for excuses. Nationally certified instructors, including a former triathlete and a six-sigma black belt, teach just about every type of fitness class imaginable—from high-energy kickboxing and dance aerobics to mind-centering yoga and Pilates—for people of any experience level. Students challenge multiple muscle groups in high-intensity, low-impact CRCTBRKR (or Circuit Breaker) classes, which melt calories with strength training and compound-joint exercises. To further direct guests toward their weight-loss goals, an on-staff dietitian and attentive personal trainers devise personalized programs and custom-fitting donut-proof vests.
Among other amenities, the centers boast an indoor pool and two heated outdoor pools. Patrons can relax after their workouts in a hot tub or sauna, or book a soothing massage.
Absolute Pilates?s instructors are far from old-school. Though they each boast extensive training in traditional Pilates?and teach classic mat classes?they focus largely on incorporating modern equipment into the ancient practice. Pilates Reformers, Towers, chairs, and even the barre are used during classes, often in combination with each other to optimize workouts and results. The equipment helps students of all levels maintain their balance and target dormant muscles, transforming standard Pilates into a more effective workout. But teachers still maintain the welcoming, personal environment long attributed to Pilates studios and grandma?s doomsday bunker.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Kids like to play in boxes because their imaginations can transform them into anything: a room in a castle, a spaceship, a grand operating theater. The coaches at PPF Crossfit and Bootcampcall their gym a box because they, too, take the largely empty space and use it however their imaginations see fit. They create new workouts every day, adding gymnastics together with weight lifting or spicing up classic wind sprints with swinging Russian kettlebells. This variety keeps muscles from adapting too well to any one exercise, forcing them to work hard and burn calories at all times.
Instructors lead more than just CrossFit's typical Workouts of the Day, though. They run obstacle courses that aim to push students both physically and mentally. They also teach kids' classes, which help tykes strengthen their bodies for sports and outdoor activities.
The Spa at Women’s Premier Fitness sequesters sinew stress and expunges epidermal encumbrances with a range of soothing spa services designed for ladies only. The premier massage, administered by a licensed and certified massage therapist, consists of a customized rubdown designed to stimulate circulation, melt tension, and settle the mind. For those looking to spruce up externally, the body-glow treatment bastes earthly edifices with organic cane sugar, exotic plant oils, and other essential nutrients. A skilled spa master slathers on a generous coat of vitamin-rich massage oil and then further exfoliates the skin by applying triple-action antioxidant vitamins and microcrystals. After body-glow treatments, guests depart with a restored luster and a smoother surface for microscopic rounds of skin-cell hockey.
To date, 463 is the number of pounds that Pure Energy Fitness founder Cynthia Florence has helped her clients lose, and it's still growing. Weight loss has been a passion of Cynthia's ever since she spent years struggling with her own health and weight issues. As a certified personal trainer, nutritional specialist, and holistic health coach, she shares her knowledge with anyone hoping to improve their overall quality of life.
Cynthia's fellow instructors at Pure Energy Fitness also lend their expertise via one-on-one personal training and group fitness classes. The latter includes core-strengthening workouts, Piloxing's blend of muscle-toning Pilates and boxing techniques, and cardio-intensive Zumba sessions, which use simple dance choreography and energetic Latin music to get hearts pumping.