When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes?including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba?offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
In 1998, Larissa Mychaskiw arrived at work to discover a locked door and that her boss had gone AWOL. Passionate about Pilates and the fitness center's clients, she decided to step in and take over the business herself. Today, she holds on to that passion and sense of commitment when organizing a schedule of mat- and equipment-based Pilates classes for individuals or groups of up to 20. She and her team of certified trainers focus on posture, core strength, and balance using Reformers and other Pilates equipment. Pairing motivational instruction with individualized attention and the Pilates method, they work together to lengthen muscles and tone full physiques. They also aim to improve heart health by lowering cholesterol, strengthening the heart, and protecting it from roaming baby angels with arrows.
With multiple degrees in fitness and nutrition, Victor Dean Training’s eponymous owner has curated his gym and climbing center to focus on clients’ overall health. Victor hand-selects all the gym’s brand-name equipment for its efficacy and usefulness in a well-rounded fitness regime, ensuring clients aren’t toiling away on weight equipment and cardio machines that fail to offer results. The staff pairs standard gym memberships with options such as personalized sessions and nutritional counseling that build up health like cyborg organ implantation.
The instructors at East Meets West Yoga lead classes rooted in Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditions for all skill levels. In addition to the core classes' more vigorous workouts, the instructors also lead meditative yin and gentle yoga classes, which they perform at a slower pace in order to integrate more breath work.
Brandon Monin makes the most of the space at One Up Sports Performance and Wellness. As head trainer and instructor, Brandon leads personal-training sessions and group workouts that use the equipment at his disposal to push clients toward their fitness goals and develop skills in a variety of sports. The experienced strength and conditioning coach has experience studying and analyzing sport movement that he uses to design plans for athletes in a variety of sports, including soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. He specializes in evaluating and assisting in golf fitness, holding a certification from Titleist Performance Institute. He shares his knowledge in a 4,000-square-foot studio that features a spread of weight-training equipment and a special area that resembles grass so athletes can feel like they're training on a field or inside an alien zoo exhibit meant to resemble their habitat.
Inside Achieve Personal Fitness, sun-drenched wooden floors give way to a jungle of machines. But don't be intimidated by the different weights, pulleys, and levers—personal trainers are there to guide you through them. The trainers provide one-on-one attention to handle an array of fitness goals, often combining nutritional counseling with a blend of cardio and weight training. Each 30-minute set of exercises is tailored to the client's individual needs, whether the aim is to lose weight, increase muscles mass, or hone bodies for a specific sport.