At Ellipse Fitness, the only pieces of machinery that you operate are the levers, pulleys, and ball-and-socket mechanisms of your own skeleton. The gyms abstain from treadmills and bikes in favor of a full class schedule and a cooperative group atmosphere. With 35 or more lessons scheduled per week, certified instructors guide students of all experience levels through an ever-changing line-up of strength and cardio drills. These routines incorporate tools such as resistance bands, TRX suspension cords, kettle bells, battling ropes, and kickboxing equipment, though the primary instrument is always the human physique.
In addition to their standard classes, the staff also hosts boot-camp sessions and seminars on mastering your metabolism. Their weight-loss programs encompass weekly check-ins, during which clients receive nutritional resources and gauge their progress by taking measurements instead of stockpiling all the food they didn't eat in a jar. Regardless of its ultimate goal, each Ellipse Fitness regimen involves personal attention and a holistic, full-body approach to wellness.
XO Fitness's Ryan and Karin Jennings, a husband-and-wife duo, lead a staff of certified trainers, including a former Team USA swimming coach. XO's team doesn't make clients teach themselves how to lift weights or participate in complicated workouts. Rather, the staff schedules clients for small-group or personal training sessions focused on both exercise and nutrition. The staff members design their trainings to meet distinct fitness goals, such as weight loss or lean-muscle gains. The studio also presents specialized classes for clients aged 60 and older, and helps new moms shed residual weight. XO Fitness also lends its expertise in providing adventure guidance, whether it's for running a marathon, participating in canoe or kayaking expeditions, or ding-dong ditching a belligerent world-champion sprinter.
Ryan’s marriage proposal was a little unusual. Rather than taking a knee and offering Karin a diamond ring, he stood proudly and offered her a seat—on a tandem bike. The duo has taken off on one adventure after another ever since, from tandem races to “extended field trips” across the United States with their kids in tow. But it wasn’t all fun and games for Team Jennings as they ventured from coast to coast. They also sleuthed around the nation’s gyms, knowing that they would soon settle down and open a true health club of their own, a club where members could receive individualized attention and assistance to achieve their health and fitness goals. They incorporated the knowledge they gleaned from that expedition when they launched XO Fitness.