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.
Aiming to increase energy levels with the adrenaline-boosting effects of exercise, Gloria's Energetics Studio flings open its doors to clients six days a week. Inside the studio, upbeat music sets the pace for intense Zumba sessions or combination aerobics classes.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary at McAllen and Edinburg locations.
Whether trainer Joey Rodriguez is staging his boot camps indoors or outdoors, the workouts primarily consist of body-weight exercises. So clients can expect a varied lineup of sit-ups, pushups, and, if the location has a tree that's the shape of a leg-press machine, leg presses. In addition to Rodriguez's fitness knowledge, clients benefit from his motivational tactics, which include holding exercisers accountable for their weight-loss efforts through biweekly weigh-ins.
At Alpha Fit, functional movements are at the core of each workout. With special attention to safe techniques, the focus on functional movements not only whips bodies into shape, but also makes everyday movements easier. CrossFit, high-intensity interval training, and boot-camp classes each promise different, fast-paced exercises that quickly sculpt muscles and burn calories.
Breathe Studio strives to offer its visitors a respite from day-to-day life: a place to find peace, harmony, and wellness through exercise. The facility stays especially true to its name by offering yoga and Pilates classes, during which participants connect their movements with calculated breaths. But Breathe also cranks up the pace with spinning classes as well as Zumba, a dance class built around sultry Latin steps.