Begun in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Much like angering a wizard, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music plays during the 60-minute workouts, each of which uses a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
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Trainer Chelsea Rupp warns all her potential students that CrossFit might become an addiction. When she first started training five years ago, she was astounded and enthralled by its challenging and effective workouts, and was instantly hooked. After receiving her Level 1 CrossFit certification, Chelsea and her partners founded her own CrossFit gym?CrossFit GSL?where she and a team of enthusiastic trainers lead students of all levels in the high-intensity, ever-changing routines. Surrounded by the colorful flags and bright walls of their studio, the trainers guide students through warm-ups and functional workouts, scaling the drills' intensity to accommodate varying fitness levels. They encourage each student to push past their previously set boundaries as they heave barbells and kettlebells, jump rope, hop on large wood blocks, and toss medicine balls. The supportive instructors dole out nutritional guidance as well as postworkout recovery tips, such as techniques for therapeutic stretches and tips for mending shirts torn apart by bulging muscles.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
OZone Fit cultivates a supportive, inspiring, and fun social culture to keep fitness motivation strong. The one-month membership provides participants with a plethora of group training classes and a choice between OZone's two training programs. Action-packed 30-minute classes allow individuals with crammed schedules, short attention spans, or timed chess matches to work up some heat without losing half the day. With training programs designed for adults and children, OZone provides fitness fodder for bodies in every life stage. The Power Tone program gives each participant specialized attention and feedback as they chart courses through strength training and cardiovascular exercises. The OZone training program addresses the fitness needs of young athletes from 5 to 18 years old, grouped according to age and knowledge of 1990s TGIF sitcom lineups. Professional trainers supervise all classes, and OZone members can track their progress by keeping and comparing daily workout results with other members.
Located at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range, Seja Novo’s lodge-like facility lends a relaxing environment for carving leaner physiques or wood statues of leaner physiques. All targeted regimens advocate three important pillars for weight-loss success: technology, exercise, and nutrition. Trained technicians wield i-Lipo's advanced laser system to help shrink stubborn fat cells, and use a vacuum massager and full-body-vibration machine to encourage their removal. To bolster these treatments, certified personal trainers teach proper exercise techniques at the onsite facility, and certified dietitians educate clients on nutrition.
Square 1 Fitness' around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Square's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Square's friendly, un-intimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.