Lex Fitness owner and exercise physiologist Jeff Brown does more than merely lead a class or workout session. With over 12 years of experience under his belt, he and a trio of trainers motivate clients who want transform their lives outside the gym, adopting healthier lifestyles with next-level exercise regimens and good-nutrition. During the complimentary initial consultation with a trainer, clients divulge their fitness goals, from losing weight to defeating a cheetah in a foot race. The trainers then evaluate the client’s medical history and scope out physical terrains with body-fat testing, measurements, and cardio and strength tests. Clients then tackle a fitness plan tailored to their specific needs, building muscles with free weights and strength-training equipment, carving lean physiques in boot-camp classes, and torching calories on cardio machines backed by flat-screen TVs.
All classes take place at a new exercise studio, open seven days a week. With over 20 classes taking place a week at all times of the day, each session involves high-intensity cardio and strength workouts from college-educated trainers. Exercises include lunging, jumping, sprinting, and push-ups.
Getting motivated to go to the gym isn't always easy, so the folks at Proof Fitness wanted to make their gym a welcoming place that clients want to go to. One of the largest group fitness offerings in Lexington, the 20,000-square-foot facility houses more than 100 pieces of carido equipment, a large selection of free weights, and the latest circuit and strength training equipment. Additionally, there are four fitness studios, a TRX area, and an outdoor training area.
Seven days a week, their staff is on-site to work with clients on equipment if they want or for one-on-one personal training, small group training, and in their Youth Speed, Agility, Core and Vertical program. Group classes are both fun and functional. Sessions include kickboxing, ballet-influenced Barre, and stationary cycling, providing a host of options for members looking to put on muscle or shed a few pounds.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
Originally founded by a group that includes retired pro boxer Danny Campbell, Title Boxing Club offers total-body workouts that blend boxing, kickboxing, and fitness. After donning tape and gloves, students can greet a 100-pound heavy bag with a barrage of kicks, jabs, crosses, hooks, and unkind words. Each of the club's trainers focuses on a different area, such as technicality, core and balance, or moderate- to high-intensity training. Other equipment around the facility includes a boxing ring, speed bags, and double-end bags, as well as free weights and cardiovascular machines.
Safety comes first at Martial Arts USA, where students of all levels practice tae kwon do, judo, jujitsu, and hapkido on official Olympic judo mats. The instructors are led by Grand Master Yeong C. Jeon, a 15th-dan, 25-year teaching veteran. Under Jeon's guidance, the teachers instill physical fitness, self-discipline, respect, and focus to help students of all ages overcome their mental obstacles.
The instructors at Hung Sing Martial Arts practice a form of kung fu known as choy li fut, which blends hand-and-arm techniques, quick footwork, and nimble full-body movements. The speed of the style makes it ideal for martial-arts lessons as well as cardio workouts, enabling participants of all ages to reach personal fitness goals while learning self-defense and discipline.