UFC competitor Clay Guida's job is to lock himself in a cage with a sinewy monster who is just frothing to roundhouse, uppercut, and strangle him until he can't move anymore. More often than not, he's the last one moving. With four knockouts, 15 submission holds, and nine matches called by the ref, Clay's winning record—and his allergy to getting knocked out—speak to the well-rounded approach to strikes, grappling moves, and defensive techniques he teaches his students.
Whether he's training fighters for the ring, kids to stand up to bullies, or hearts to pump right in MMA family-fitness classes, he maintains a comfortable and controlled environment. Martial-arts classes, striking workshops for women, and children’s programs take place in Clay’s 6,500-square-foot facility lined with shock-absorbing Zebra and full-wall mats. Students spar in full octagon and boxing rings to simulate real-world blood sport and hammer home their techniques on a plethora of striking bags and pads. For people who want the fitness without the fighting, his exercise sessions take place in a separate strength-and-conditioning area filled with kettlebells, weights, ropes, treadmills, sandbags, and tires.
Chicago Racquet & Fitness Club boasts a team of trainers dedicated to a wide range of group fitness regimens. Staffers helps members refine their racquetball game on one of three state-of-the-art glass-back courts, or lead classes in everything from yoga and Zumba to cycling and suspension training. Members can work out independently using the various fitness equipment or swimming pool. Locker rooms and a sauna are available for visitors' convenience, as is a children's play area that keeps members' youngsters occupied with toys and picture books about the importance of maintaining toned biceps.
A training center located within Ladies Workout Express, Crush Training offers women one-on-one, team, and small group personal training sessions. Energetic certified personal trainers lead clients in intense 55-minute workouts that aim to shape a woman's body without the use of Olympic bars. Classes are held several times weekly, with more classes added frequently.
Surrounded by wooden floors, large mirrors, and minimalistic equipment, the instructors behind A Whole Lotta Class help students forge fitter frames with exercises that exploit the body’s natural, intuitive motions. During TRX classes, students develop chiseled cores as they battle against elastics designed by a Navy SEAL, eschewing heavy steel plates in favor of resistance bands that increase or decrease workout intensity using each student’s own body weight. Certified also instructors teach Piloxing classes—which ramp up traditional Pilates techniques with a cardio workout—alongside endurance-boosting boot camps and strength-building interval training. In contrast to the other classes, Zumba takes an otherwise grueling workout and turns it into a party with Latin-based moves found in salsa, merengue, and interpretive-dance editions of Virgil's Aeneid.
It's not easy to become a trainer at Metabolic Fitness Management: the company only recruits those with the proper education and certifications from organizations such as the National Personal Training Institute, the American Council on Exercise, and the National Council on Strength and Fitness. At a handful of gyms, these experts lead personalized one-on-one sessions as well as group boot-camp, kettlebell, and TRX suspension-training classes.
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