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 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.
A tough upbringing didn't stop Lincoln Wallace from achieving a happy, successful life. Now a seventh-degree black belt in karate, Lincoln opened Wallace Fitness to help others reach their fitness goals, and he wrote a book intended to inspire others to stay positive and achieve their own ambitions even when the cards seem stacked against them.
At Wallace Fitness, Lincoln Wallace and wife Siné, who is also a black belt, lead pulse-pumping personal training, self-defense, and strength-training sessions. Classes and personal-training sessions employ kickboxing workouts, TRX suspension cables, and interval training to spark the metabolism, burn fat, and build lean muscle mass.
Infinity Fitness & Medi Spa combines its fully equipped health club with a 3,000-square-foot day spa that revivifies bodies with a slew of pampering services. Coddle weary digits with an Infinity spa manicure, which carefully sculpts nails and cuticles. A hot-towel wrap and hand and forearm massage loosen limbs, while a professional polish refines the phalanges for elegant head scratching and sophisticated wet willies. A pedicure de-stresses steppers with an aromatherapy soak and light massage. Callus removal and exfoliation break through the foot's toughened exterior, softening the skin and warming the sole before a coat of polish seals in any lingering beauty vapors.
The certified trainers at Core Body FX have helped change their clients' lives through fitness and exercise for more than 20 years. At their new facility in Apopka, state-of-the-art LifeFitness and HammerStrength machines shine amidst other treadmills and cardio equipment. Trainers individually guide clients toward their fitness goals during personal training sessions, or lead group classes such as bootcamp, Zumba, and yoga that build muscle, burn fat, and boost stamina. Nutritional counseling sessions reinforce fitness goals by encouraging a healthy diet.
Extreme Fitness Boot Camp guides clients toward trimmer frames with a medley of ACE-certified programming and nutritional guidance. The fitness gurus' personalized approach to all-around health begins with assessments, which isolate muscular imbalances and help trainees plot weight-loss goals. Boot-camp and personal-training sessions then lead trainees through plyometrics, core, and bodyweight exercises, plus special guest appearances by hip-hop- and Zumba-inspired steps. At home, clients further fitness excellence by leveraging recorded measurements, supplemental routines, and dietary tips on how to eat well instead of eating tire irons.
Thumping music and flashing, colored lights infuse a spin class at Studio RPM with the energy of a night on the town. The powerful bass can't drown out the instructors' enthusiasm, however. The mic-wearing teachers lead their classes on excursions into unseen landscapes, leaping imaginary gullies and climbing intangible hills, the effort simulated by the Livestrong cycles on which each student is mounted. They welcome students of all ability levels, since the low-impact, cardio-focused exercise lends itself well to those who suffer from joint problems.
Beyond spinning, the staff also teaches regular yoga classes, covering extensive series of asana in each 75-minute course. They delve into Vinyasa, hatha, and warm yoga sequences, focusing on improving agility, increasing flexibility, and revealing snowmen disguised as humans, respectively. For a more high-intensity session, they lead boot camps, which incorporate weight lifting and plyometrics into cardio-heavy routines.
Husband and wife duo Kevin and Debbie Laczko are virtually tailor-made for the wellness industry. Kevin designed training drills for the military and spent four years playing college football as a walk-on athlete. His wife, Debbie, already owned her own business as a licensed massage therapist. Combining their expertise, the two created Journeys Fitness and Wellness as a source of comprehensive physical services and education.
Joined by two other trainers and a registered dietician, Kevin and Debbie run a one-stop wellness shop, complete with a catalog of services that include nutritional therapy, corporate team-building events, and orthopedic massage. Trainers work one-on-one with clients on a range of goals, from building flexibility to prevent injuries in seniors to working on speed and agility drills that give athletes the competitive edge against blocking tackles from flexible seniors.