After meeting the physical demands of army training and working for two decades in the fitness industry, president of Custom Fitness Concepts Tom Kalka channeled his health and fitness savvy into CFC's training programs. His expert team of personal trainers visits homes and corporate offices to lead patrons in custom workout routines. Furthering fat-burning efforts, educational seminars on conditioning, nutrition, and orchestrating funerals for annihilated calories prime attendees for a salubrious lifestyle shift. CFC instructors also chisel away unwanted fat with a boot-camp series, whose ever-shifting medley of calisthenics and strength training was deemed the country's second-best boot camp in 2008 by Exercise TV.
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 offer cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Since 2001, Stroller Strides' fitness professionals and buggy-bandying workouts have helped mothers to overcome the struggles of staying in shape while caring for a wee one. Specially trained instructors helm a series of 60-minute classes, which consist of a warm-up, a power walk, and interval stations where limbs stretch resistance tubes in body-toning drills. Energizing jaunts often utilize hills, benches, and other environmental facets to augment maneuvers. Throughout the routine, engaging songs and activities keep children from growing overly fussy or pranking classmates by tossing banana peels in front of their buggies.
Through Action Fitness, John Casto helps women experience a life-changing transformation, drawing from his own struggles with weight. John says losing weight and becoming stronger made him more confident and helped him live a happier life, so as a personal trainer, he wants to help others achieve the same thing in their own way. At Action Fitness, John leads indoor and outdoor group fitness sessions that a slew of clients praise for their effectiveness. To build upon the fitness sessions, he also offers nutritional counseling and personal training.
My Gym children's fitness center, which currently has more than 325 international locations, began more than 31 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp around. This dedication to imparting the benefits and fun of fitness still earns acclaim today; in 2014 alone, My Gym was named the best children's fitness center by Entrepreneur magazine.
My Gym's popularity stems from its signature program, which helps children from 6 weeks through 10 years of age develop their physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. This development unfolds in the centers' fun classes, which teach kids fundamental skills through music, dance, games, sports, and more. In addition to boosting physical attributes such as balance, coordination, and strength, these fun classes also teach kids important social abilities, as well as boosting their self-esteem.
CrossFit Burke's owner and head instructor, Jamie Gallagher, discovered CrossFit as a platoon commander in the Marines. He not only followed the program himself but also used it to keep the soldiers under his command in peak shape.
That may make CrossFit sound like a fitness regimen reserved for hardcore exercisers. Far from it. One of CrossFit's core premises is scalability, or the ability to adjust every exercise by load, number of repetitions, and intensity to accommodate students of any fitness level. It's why rookies, senior citizens, Marines, and elite athletes can stand side by side in the same class, performing the same Workout of the Day?encouraging one another to muscle through one last pushup or threatening to key each other's cars if they don't do 10 more burpees.