Coaches of Renewal Body Bootcamp coaxes hard work, discipline, and buckets of sweat from fitness-seekers during her intense, full-body workouts. One of her specialties is TRX resistance training, which involves suspending students by their arms, legs, and torsos from straps and harnesses dangling from the ceiling. Exercises require participants to fight gravity and their own body weight to build muscle. Coaches sometimes combines TRX with Pilates core-strengthening work or a rigorous plyometric regimen, mixing up workout routines daily to maximize effectiveness. In addition to physical training, she supplies students with nutritional counseling that measures appropriate caloric intake by the day, creating balanced diets that supply ample energy without extra carbs, fats, or whatever compound butter is made of.
Family Fitness and FitZone for Women Centers are spread across eight locations, but they share a common goal: to help guests find their ideal physique. They accomplish this mission by filling their 15,000- to 25,000-square-foot facilities with ellipticals, arc trainers, and treadmills that engage cardios, cores, and limbs alongside group training classes led by certified personal and group fitness instructors. Visitors can also keep tabs on their progress with the centers? fitness monitoring program and body mass testing.
Hot yoga is?and should be?a challenge. Classes at Twisted Hot Yoga certainly are. Each takes place in a sweat-inducing studio and sometimes incorporates free weights, but the studio also brims with amenities that make each visit a pleasure. Frozen lavender-infused towels, for instance, soothe and refresh during savasana (the still, resting pose that concludes yoga sessions), and cork floors help prevent injury. Heating, humidifying, and ventilation systems are continually updated for a comfortable experience, and changing rooms give guests the privacy to swap their street clothes for traditional yoga tuxedos. And, for yoga neophytes and veterans alike, an onsite boutique proffers essentials, from mats to bags.
Like many women before her, Flirt Fitness founder Amy was hesitant to try pole fitness. But when she realized just how much fun—and how effective—pole workouts could be, she couldn’t keep the secret to herself. She became a certified instructor and opened her own studio to share it with other women.
Amy’s pole-fitness classes fuse together multiple fitness disciplines, including exotic dance, Pilates, and yoga. Students graduate through eight levels of training, learning the basics in Pole Kitten classes and eventually graduating to advanced moves, such as holding on with a single finger. Amy also teaches private and semiprivate lessons and hosts bachelorette and birthday parties in her candlelit studio.
Just because virtually every inch of Grand Rapids Strength and Conditioning's 5,000-square-foot gym brims with muscle-building tools such as ropes, weights and medicine balls, it doesn't mean the staff are hardcore fitness brutes. They pride themselves on their family-friendly approach to getting in shape, including helping high school and college athletes improve while staying safe. Training for speed, strength, agility, and power, they welcome clients of all fitness levels, scaling their cardio and strength-building regimens to accommodate beginners and fitness fanatics alike. This individualized approach engenders a noncompetitive environment for members?although the team does support competitive athletes.
CrossFit's workout-of-the-day is known for its intense functional exercises. Fortunately, students at Friction Crossfit have Jeff Burlingame and Bobby Armock to motivate them through the challenging workouts. Both are CrossFit Level 1-certified trainers who have years of athletic experience, including stints as personal trainers. Those one-on-one training skills come in handy during introductory Foundations classes, where students ramp up to the daily workout routine by learning the basics. Before or after class, students can take advantage of Friction CrossFit's perks, which include access to locker rooms, on-site childcare, and an 18,000-square-foot gym.