Psycho Gym founders Travis Williams and Russ Kimzey challenge the fitness status quo by trading in slick machines and the lackadaisical attitude that comes with them for strenuous workouts that yield results. The gym’s group workouts build strength in a motivational, no-frills setting, as like-minded exercisers put their weight behind kettlebells, sandbags, suspension trainers, and battling ropes. For one-on-one attention, the gym staff organizes personal-training sessions, which mix workouts with nutrition advice, as well as athlete-specific programs for marathon runners in training or underwater-kickball players looking for a new sport.
Even as a tyke, Jonathan Pharr couldn't be torn away from thrashing on his drum set. Later, he picked up guitar and bass, and from there it was off to the races. For him, teaching ranks pretty high on his ever-expanding list of musical passions. As owner and director of his eponymous music school, he oversees a staff of certified instructors, each of whom bring their own unique musical skills, experiences, and backstories to their teaching. The result is a welcoming environment where everyone from toddlers to toddlers who have aged significantly go wild on the drums, guitar, bass, piano, and violin or learn how to control their vocals and expand their singing range while reaping the lifelong benefits of exposure to music.
The instructors at Core Group Fitness understand that getting buff doesn't happen by simply visiting the gym; rather, they see it as a process inextricably linked to camaraderie and community. This team-based approach comes out in their group classes and boot camps, where cohorts of exercises grunt their way through TRX suspension training or build lean muscle and improve flexibility with functional workout regimens. They pair strength training with cardio work during their interval training sessions, which torch fat thanks to metabolism-boosting exercises. In addition to group classes, instructors also build rapports with individual students during personal training sessions, helping clients prep for their first marathon or last street fight with the meter man.
Krama Yoga Center's squad of dedicated instructors elucidate the ancient art of yoga for students of all skill levels with classes that emphasize mindful appreciation of the body. The studio boasts an expansive schedule of classes, including Vinyasa sessions that synchronize breath, movement, and high-fiving to generate focus as well as limber limbs. Guided Ashtanga classes hone the form and stamina required to attend Mysore Ashtanga sessions, where students progress through the traditional sequences unguided and at their own pace while instructors float about to offer postural adjustments and blueprints for new poses to attempt.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 512 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a two-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud. One personal-training session or group class guides fitness-seekers in the direction of toned bodies with personal attention or the positive reinforcement of group environment and rebar. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with five tanning sessions to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze. As an added bonus, this Groupon waives the enrollment fee.