To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight weekly and body-fat percentage monthly.
At Energy Fitness & Performance Center, members can decide what workout suits them best. That's because the sprawling facility allows them to exercise on their own, in a group, or one-on-one with a personal trainer. They can create a personalized workout with treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights in the sun-soaked gym. Or, they can head to the studio for fitness classes such as spinning, Zumba, and boot camp. They can also get pointers on bench-pressing and building muscles during personal training sessions. These sessions are designed to help members reach individual goals such as completing a marathon or having a town in Greece unveil you as a Zeus statue.
Mitch Lee, founder of Fit Figure Bootcamp, helps women achieve their fitness goals after aided his sister through her own weight loss. His online program challenges them to transform their bodies in 42 days with the help of equipment-free workouts, cardio routines, and fat-blasting Tummy Toner circuits. Women join a private Facebook page where they have access to supplemental training material including a nutrition video tutorial and grocery list as well as an exercise library. Participants can further quench their post-workout thirsts with 20-plus protein smoothie recipes while enlisting 24/7 coaching and support throughout the duration of the bootcamp.
Astral Fitness and Wellness Center carves and conditions traditional athletes and martial artists amid a sprawling, 13,000-square-foot facility. A fleet of ellipticals, stair climbers, rowers, and cycles torch calories, making room for fresh brawn bulked by Nautilus, Hammer, and Icarian resistance-trainers and free weights. Group fitness classes jolt traditional workout routines with a coalescence of positivity and camaraderie rivaled only by a cheerleading squad that moonlights as a firefighting battalion. Classes include classic tae kwon do, aerobics, and kickboxing, as well as Silver Sneakers, which choreographs gentle routines designed to help older athletes pique their strength, flexibility, and balance without overexertion. After a solo or group workout, exercisers can wick sweat with included towel service, release steam inside the sauna, or open a Matchbox-car parking lot in one of the gym's free parking spaces.
Musuko's MMA & Boxing Academy's ringleader, Steven Monroig, and his team of skilled instructors guide participants through a spectrum of training sessions that range from introducing self-defense techniques to molding students into professional-grade fighters. Adults can kick and slice through classes including muay thai kickboxing, MMA, boot camp, boxing, and sparring. Miniature combatants engage in Junior Elite classes (ages 6–16), including muay thai kickboxing, karate, grappling, and sport jujitsu. To amplify class performance, personal trainers help boost students' physical strength, stamina, and flexibility with a hodgepodge of exercises that also improve mental strength more effectively than karate-chopping a puzzle.
After a young life full of soccer, gymnastics, and baseball, Carlos Sanchez found himself sitting behind a desk in an office. His constantly recumbent position—combined with eating at office parties and a lack of exercise outside of work—led him to pack on a few pounds. One summer afternoon, he realized he was embarrassed to take his shirt off at the beach, and he vowed to transform himself. Carlos found his own journey to getting in shape to be so exciting that he realized he wanted to do the same thing for others. He became a certified CrossFit trainer and founded Unlimited Strength Athletics to help others achieve the physical fitness and confidence they desire.