Barking orders for more than 20 years, The Sergeant's Program's head sergeant Chuck Dyson and his dedicated troop of more than 50 sergeants and personal trainers transform figures with military-style fitness sessions. The program provides a knowledgeable instructor to lead recruits through cardio, core, flexibility, stabilization, and resistance training while creating camaraderie amongst fellow fitness platooners. Though each day is fueled with running drills and calisthenics, Mondays and Fridays will be focused on increasing lower body and flank strength and Tuesdays and Thursdays will be geared toward upper body workouts. Cardio-intensive Wednesdays are solely dedicated to getting the heart pumping, sweat streaming, and reshaping rumps flattened by years in stagecoach-driver seats. Although the sergeants utilize a tough-love approach to push clients to their fullest fitness factor, the atmosphere is kept personable by their injections of light-hearted humor and giggling quartets of chipmunks.
No worries, mate. There’s no kangaroo on the menu at the Kangaroo Boxing Club – just smoky American meats like good old pulled pork and brisket. Open for drinks, dinner and brunch, KBC specializes in barbecue, but you can also get delicious homemade pastrami, along with hamburgers and classic Southern sides like collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. Weekend brunches are hearty, like the Aporkalypse, a patty combining pork, ham and bacon that’s topped with a fried egg and maple syrup. Frequent drinkers can join the Mug Club and purchase a ceramic mug for personal use and related discounts, or stick close to the looming full bar for an array of cocktails. When it’s nice out, stick to the outside tables that line the gray front, considering how stuffy the smallish, wood-accented interior can get.
SalFit & Associates founder Salone Jones boasts an impressive resume detailing her experience as a professional dancer, actress, and fitness model, but her passion lies in the time she spends with her students during personal-training sessions. She discovered early on in her career that bodies come in all shapes and sizes, so no fitness plan can offer a “one size fits all” solution. That’s why she spends each boot camp walking from student to student, offering individual guidance. SalFit sessions make use of outdoor structures such as stairs and ledges, where participants perform hardcore endurance, strength and flexibility routines with a little bit of dance thrown in to work out internal metronomes.
With a long-standing commitment to women, children, minorities, and social-justice issues and a presence in the district since 1905, the YWCA is more than just a workout facility. The history of the organization is peppered with groundbreaking programs to bolster race relations, achieve women's empowerment through business ventures, and promote children's health by providing access to physical activity. Other fitness initiatives take place in the YWCA's gyms, where instructors put to use training in Zumba, kickboxing, and other disciplines. Staff members further the organization's vision with dedication to school-age programs for health and fitness efforts and initiatives to help unemployed community members locate jobs in the area.
Rather than limit itself to one approach, Reformation Fitness draws inspiration from numerous workout regimens and exercise science theories. This multidisciplinary approach combines elements of mat and equipment Pilates, yoga, barre techniques, TRX suspension apparatuses, and more underneath the same roof. By fusing aspects of these approaches throughout its schedule of small group fitness classes, the studio creates opportunities where students of all abilities can focus on building strength, increasing stamina and metabolic conditioning, or improving flexibility. Additionally, personal trainers are available to teach patrons how to perfect their technique or give an honest opinion about their workout outfit.
“We are not limited by four walls of a gym; we are only limited by our determination and imagination," declares Corey Belin, founder of Belin Sport & Fitness. This isn't empty talk from the fitness professional, either. Belin applies this philosophy to all of his programs, challenging his members to push themselves toward their goals during fitness boot camps, whether they want to lose weight or build the endurance to run an underwater marathon. He also gets pulses pumping with the Insanity workout, a program that uses a flurry of exercises to jumpstart metabolism and sculpt lean muscle.