The ACE-certified instructors at Endurance Fitness, Metro Family Fitness, and Viking Fitness help clients overhaul their health with up-to-date fitness equipment and a lineup of motivating group fitness classes. Build endurance and test out newly added extra limbs by completing circuits on cardiovascular and weight-resistance training machines available at all locations. Exercisers pump body pistons on a cadre of treadmills and elliptical trainers or heft towers of weights pilled atop Nautilus and Body Masters pin selectors. Some gym locations distract athletes from nagging muscles with cardio entertainment stations, where suspended flat-screen TVs cheer them on with their favorite shows and repeat broadcasts of the Coach opening sequence.
At Mattar Chiropractic, doctors dissolve pain and tension with tried-and-true techniques as well as advanced technologies. They measure the degree of stress on the spine and its surrounding muscles with digital software, and they reveal vertebral imbalances with x-rays. Then, they correct spinal quirks with manual adjustments or orthotic inserts that can be slipped into shoes or wedged into diving fins. To deliver relaxation, in-house bodywork specialists perform customized massages.
In 2003, two fitness-industry veterans, both tired of gyms' reputations as exclusive and elitist establishments, decided to start Fitness 19, a series of gyms dedicated to cultivating a friendly and convenient environment for families to work out in. Needless to say, they experienced meteoric growth—a Fitness 19 logo now hangs above the gym doors of numerous locations spread across 26 states. The gym's owners invest entirely in equipment, outfitting each location with dozens of treadmills, free weights, and resistance-training machines. They also ensure every location has a kids' playroom with games appropriate for the youngest tykes, as well as TVs and DVD players so that tots can watch their favorite shows, such as Thomas the Tank Engine's Total Body Workout.
Offering hands-on jiu-jitsu, boxing, and personal training classes, FUSE Martial Arts aims to hone fighting technique, whip bodies into tip-top shape, and center minds into a positive, self-affirming state. The leaders of the dojo draw from diverse and well-rounded experiences to hone their students into fierce fighting machines. Owner and head instructor “Big” Don Richard spent ten years training under a Muay Thai kickboxing world-title holder. Having fought in over 20 professional fights and obtaining black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and judo, Richard is also a two-time Gracie world champion. Though teachers instruct pupils how to escape from threats or neutralize assailants with grappling and kickboxing, the training space prides itself on its upbeat, family-friendly approach. Kids learn self-confidence through achievement in youth martial-arts courses, and workout or regimen is tailored to each member's individual goals and needs.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
When Mark Swift began personal training eight years ago, it was a part-time passion. But his love of fitness so inspired clients that the on-the-side job flourished into a full-time endeavor, Swift Results Personal Training. Mark still whips his clients into shape with a back-to-basics philosophy that relies on high-impact, high-intensity, sweat-inducing workouts. But his services now also encompass in-home sessions, group training, sports training, and Warrior Boot Camp.