When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes?including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba?offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. With today's deal, one of Gold's Gym's staff of certified personal trainers will test each client's strength, flexibility, and body-fat percentage, among other metrics, to determine their biological age before designing a personalized fitness regimen. Then, neophyte iron-workers can follow up with regular attendance at the gym, where they can hop on a cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, tighten up in the abdominal and functional stretching area, or stick with lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga, martial arts, and weight loss–centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
Students should bring: Water and a face towel; also, be sure to wear clean sneakers or plan to train barefoot.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We treat our students as part of a team and as individuals, with respect to their unique needs. We provide also positive reinforcement and welcome all body types, ages, and genders.
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We teach traditional Muay Thai kickboxing, which provides a great for core workout. Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art, and is considered by some to be the most effective self-defense technique in the world.
Pushing their students to achieve the long, lean, and toned muscles of a ballerina without having to be tossed through the air by the Mouse King, the instructors at Barre Centric borrow a series of movements from the realms of ballet, yoga, and Pilates. The small isometric movements practiced in barre classes work to completely fatigue muscles and make them stronger through recovery. The instructors first lead students through a warmup, then tackle exercises directed at thighs, seats, and abdominal muscles. Though the high-intensity exercises are performed at a classic ballet barre, no prior dance experience is necessary to master the barre moves. With regular attendance, students may notice they have increased strength, flexibility, and balance, along with a deeper appreciation for the performances of the tiny dancers in jewelry boxes.