At Karate Evolution, students undergo a kind of metamorphosis. Under the watchful eye of instructor Mike Rhoads, kids who were once shy and unfocused gain life skills directly related to the Japanese fighting system's disciplined practice. From learning how to defend and assert themselves to gaining focus and accountability, students gain valuable intangible skills that go hand-in-hand with greater fitness and health. By the end of the program, children will not only have developed physical skills that will stay with them for life, but they will also be trained to attain the confidence and attitude necessary for success in all of life's arenas.
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 in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
The experienced instructors at Simply Yoga of Belmont share the business’s mission statement: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” To cater to students of all levels—including advanced practitioners, new moms, and seniors—their classes range from power flow in a heated room to foundations, a four-week series that initiates beginners. Two-hour workshops change regularly and focus on how yoga can complement athletic pursuits or how it can benefit mothers-to-be.
In Motion Fitness builds comprehensive programs to inject clients straight into the beating heart of their fitness goals. Its staggering roster of services surrounds pain, obesity, high cholesterol, and other blights on good health and attacks them from all angles with physical training, online nutrition programs, exercise-program prescriptions, and scientifically calibrated fitness assessments. Although the entire staff holds physical-education degrees and licenses, their wildly divergent backgrounds range from arena-football coaching to zoology, and they bring their unique perspectives into personal training, group fitness classes, physical therapy, and massage. The staff's exercise philosophy combines the principles of corrective exercise with traditional methods such as pushups or dodging meteors to create regimens that not only make the body stronger but do it safely and scientifically.
The staffs of Omni Health and Fitness Center and Club Fitness want to be a one-stop shop for their members' fitness needs. The clubs vary in size from 50,000 to 30,000 square feet, all stocked with more than 75 cardio machines, tens of thousands of pounds of free weights, and strength-training equipment from Hammer Strength and Life Fitness. Parents can drop their kids off at the Kids Zone or Children's Nursery before pumping iron or grabbing a spot in the cardio cinema room, an area that, like Jack LaLanne’s living room, allows people to work out while enjoying a movie in surround sound. The gyms' trainers, meanwhile, lead one-on-one training sessions, as well group fitness classes that range from yoga to popular Les Mills classes, including BodyPump. After workouts, members can cool down at the smoothie bar.
At NC Yoga, students step outside of their stressful daily routines to find peace and harmony through stretches and careful breathing techniques. The studio presents one-hour classes for children, teens, moms-to-be, and seniors of all levels of fitness, whether they've never touched a yoga mat or spent the last 30 years in a headstand. During Vinyasa sessions, certified teachers show groups how to weave deep breaths and traditional poses together in a flowing, dance-like sequence. In contrast, Iyengar classes focus on lengthy poses that foster strength, balance, and proper alignment. Or you can sweat it out in Power Fusion sessions, which takes place in an 80-degree room to loosen muscles and unfreeze joints covered in ice. Beginners can pose at their own pace in Yoga 101 classes or enroll in private sessions, in which an instructor gives more personalized tips. In addition to leading yoga and dance classes, the studio operates a boutique that sells T-shirts, sticky mats, and instructional DVDs.