Though they're all in enviable shape, you shouldn't feel intimidated by the highly accomplished certified trainers at Performant Fitness & Core Group Fitness. The team?which includes pro fitness competitors, marathon runners, and Tae Kwon Do black belts amongst its ranks? works hard to foster an encouraging atmosphere in the gym, motivating patrons of all ages and fitness levels to work together to tackle the workout of the day.
But that doesn't mean the sessions are easy. Each day, the trainers lead a routine that combines interval, strength, cardio, and flexibility training into one high-intensity, functional workout. And no two workouts are the same. One day, it might incorporate kettlebell drills and TRX band exercises, while the next might challenge patrons to toss medicine balls or heave bags of sand. Meanwhile, those who prefer to exercise at their own pace can gain 24-hour access to top-of-the-line fitness equipment, including cardio machines equipped with personal TVs that always remember your name.
Results Fitness is a neighborhood gym that started in 1998 with a simple mission to be the best part of their customer's day. Today, the coed gym has expanded to numerous locations that house state-of-the-art equipment, a plethora of fitness classes and personal training options, and includes the female-focused Results Fitness for Women gym line. Among the amenities offered at various locations are group training, specialty classes, tanning, hydromassage, and nutrition services.
At Results Fitness for Women, the playing field is level, accented in aqua, and health is a community endeavor. The gym houses special strength-training equipment with 5-pound pin-adjusted weights that, by virtue of being lighter, prevent injury and foster healthy muscle development. On-site babysitting services and an all-female crew of personal trainers similarly break down physical, practical, and emotional barriers to women's well-being. Nutrition counselors equip women with the skills to make healthy choices at home.
Most workouts simply help people build muscle tone or bolster endurance. These aren't the only goals at 81mm CrossFit. Instead, the coaches and trainers inspire people to push themselves to new heights through sheer force of will and self-determination while receiving the support of a like-minded community of students. CrossFit classes combine functional movements to create high-intensity workouts, which challenge attendees with regimens that can include running, jumping, dead-lifting weights, throwing medicine balls, swinging kettlebells, and more. Although students have the ability to scale the load and intensity of their own workouts at open-level classes, the coaches also lead introductory sessions that help beginners master the fundamental exercises and techniques in a safe, supportive environment.
At Health Clubs of America, an athlete who hates to part with her favorite elliptical no longer has to—the clubs are open 24/7. Stocked with free weights, treadmills, and stationary bikes, the facilities complement their high-quality equipment with an array of training options. Custom one-on-one training helps clients achieve personal fitness goals, whereas 30-day boot-camp programs whip groups into shape, all while fostering a sense of community.
CrossFit FCH's Level 1 certified coaches help exercisers gain ground on their fitness goals through a constantly varied, high-intensity workout regimen. During each day at the gym, the crew leads students of all ages through the Workout of the Day's battery of full-body exercises, which might be comprised of everything from dead lifts and sprints to burpees and rowing. The goal isn't simply to rev up sweat glands, though?the exercises aim to improve 10 different fitness skills, including strength, speed, power, and agility. In addition to the fundamental CrossFit concepts, pupils glean basic nutritional information from their coaches, including how to make healthy choices on an everyday basis.
To quote co-owner Christian Washington, Paramount Strength & Conditioning “pretty much trains you to excel in a man vs. orc battle from Lord of the Rings.” Christian began building Paramount’s strength-training philosophy while serving overseas in a Navy response team. Since then, he’s sharpened and refined his program with assistance from fellow trainers Kevin Becker and Stephanie Washington. Students learn the finer points of squats, deadlifts, and the snatch during classes that fuse competitive-style lifts with interval training and bare-knuckle tickle fights. With her keen understanding of what it’s like to be a woman in the weight room, co-owner Stephanie Washington created the gym’s signature Beauty By Barbell class, that relies on unique exercises and offers an approach geared towards ladies.