Since its inception, Parisi Speed School has trained what would become more than 150 NFL players and 5,000 scholarship-holding college athletes in its youth programs. Parisi consistently churns out all-stars with its Jump Start program, which trains youngsters at the time when their motor skills are most malleable. Outfitted with a 40-yard artificial-turf field, a three-lane track surface, and a weight room, the center hones agility, endurance, and coordination in future athletes aged 7?18. Using the center?s signature speed and strength training methods, supportive staffers not only infuse muscle memory with a suite of opponent-lambasting skills, they also teach them how to avoid injuries without hiring a stunt double to take tackles.
After more than two years of doing Zumba, Toni and Stacy launched Mix It Up Fitness in August 2012 to share their style of instruction with more people. They added a weight-training component to Zumba?a high-energy workout inspired by latin dance and other international moves?and also offer a hip-hop toning class where students dance with light weights. Both Toni and Stacy have Zumba B1 and B2 certifications, as well as certification from the International Fitness Association.
Mike Bradley used to coach from the sidelines of high school football games. Now, he coaches exercisers at Crossfit Elation. Instead of X's and O's, he and CrossFit Level 1-certified instructor Sue McClain design a game plan around CrossFit's functional exercises, creating ever-changing daily workouts that might include everything from pull-ups to squats to dead lifts.
The room is filled with people, all of who are moving to music that thrums through their bodies with palpable bass. At the DJ booth, colorful LED lights pulse in time with the beat, and tube lighting frames the stage and mirrored walls in a white glow. Blacklights bathe the room in bright violet tones, transforming the colors of everyone?s clothing into electric neon.
Suddenly a voice cuts in on top of the music.
?All right, everyone! Let's shake it!?
Though UniquePhyZique looks light a nightclub, it?s actually a fitness studio. Founders John and Julie White recently expanded and remodeled their space, updating it to reflect their mission to help clients fall in love with fitness by keeping it fun. In the high-energy space, students gather for sessions of Zumba, a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness workout and Turbo Kick, a fusion of kickboxing, and sports drills. The schedule also includes PiYo, an inventive blend of pilates and strength training, and Tone & Sculpt, a class in which students use stability balls and neoprene-coated free weights to sculpt legs, upper bodies, and abdominals. And soon, the schedule will also be expanding, as the team is currently working on certifications in Beachbody's P90X and Insanity.
Not only is John and Julie?s space fun, it?s also very user-friendly. Members check in simply by scanning their keycards, and can help themselves to water and towels before and after classes. Additionally, a dozen membership types allow clients to choose anything from low-commitment punch cards to unlimited 6- or 12-month agreements with automatic monthly payments and a secret member handshake
Club Fit 247's two floors of fitness machines, free weights, and private training studios reverberate with the clangs of dumbbells and the clops of running feet on treadmills equipped with individual TV screens. Amid this bustling round-the-clock activity, a staff of professional bodybuilders, fitness models, and trainers—which collectively boasts a prestigious clientele that includes NFL defensive lineman Bob Kuberski and figure skater Claire Tannet—work one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their exercise goals. During personal-training sessions, they craft sport-specific conditioning plans that combine plyometrics and strength training with hopes of improving balance, speed, and agility. Additionally, this talented team offers nutritional counseling as well as coaching for aspiring or current competitive body builders.
The gym presents clients with a key card that grants them 24-hour access to the facilities and the international cabal of bodybuilders' top-secret lair. The facility also peddles workout supplements, including protein shakes and Ionics powders.
At Fit Body Boot Camp, exercise is focused on much more activity than repetitiously heaving weights while planted in front of a mirror. During 30- to 45-minute sessions throughout the week, Fit Body’s group workouts help students to burn calories and gain muscle mass in a group setting while adding spontaneity to programs to make them more enjoyable; on any given day, students may duck and weave through an obstacle course and on another perform pushups and barbell curls.
In addition to the exercises of the day, the boot-camp program also concentrates on nutritional coaching and motivational training to help clients to meet their goals. Since classes are based mostly on resistance training, students of all fitness levels are able to jump in and achieve results while feeding on the positive, encouraging energy of the group class. Fit Body supplies all the equipment, and clients need bring only a water bottle and their own entrance music.