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.
Equipment: LifeFitness, Hammer Strength, Precor, ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, steppers
Students should bring: Water, towel
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep clients motivated through education on routines and nutrition. [B.L.A.D.E. stands for] Balancing Lifestyle Attitude Diet Exercise?to reach maximum results.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
Since I saw Arnold competing on TV. And I always wanting to be a bigger, faster, stronger athlete.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
B.L.A.D.E. is a place for everyone to come and work toward reaching their goals and to feel like they're part of the family as opposed to just being sold a membership.
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.
Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center offers a fun alternative to sitting on the couch and watching a movie: floating in an inner tube and watching a movie. Every year, the gym's heated outdoor pool turns into a "dive-in" theater, where families can lounge on the deck or in the water as a film plays on an inflatable screen.
Of course, the center advocates for more vigorous workouts, too. It has an indoor track, cardio machines, and free weights for visitors of all ages and abilities. Group fitness classes are available throughout the week, from Pilates and yoga to Les Mills BodyPump. Instructors also lead youth programs in tennis, aquatics, and martial arts, keeping kids active and primed for the triathlon portion of family reunions.
Led by co-owners Jeremy and Abby McDonnell, the coaches at Rocky Top CrossFit push athletes toward their fitness goals by leading them through daily CrossFit's workouts. The regularly changing routines do have one constant: they all incorporate functional exercises such as squats, sprints, pull-ups, and deadlifts, and all moves are scalable to suit everyone from novice to experienced athletes. Newcomers are eased into the program, during which, they'll learn how to perform the lifts efficiently and gradually ramp up their intensity until they are ready to graduate into advanced programming.
Members won't find a sea of machines inside Adaptive Fitness Warehouse. Instead, trainers whip bodies into shape with such fitness items as kettlebells, free weights, ropes, and heavy sleds weighed down with leftover Christmas presents. Adaptive Fitness's trainers can also customize workouts during personal and small-group training sessions, and adapt exercises to each individual?s physical ability during rigorous boot-camp classes.