World Gym's brick walls contain rows upon rows of pristine cardio and lifting machines across 18,000 square feet of floor space. Treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes face flat-screen televisions and picture windows, invigorating cardiovascular pursuits with favorite programs and the innate evolutionary impulse to chase down passing cars. Assorted weight machines target and tone every muscle group, and free weights alight upon racks and benches. Daily attendees can crack open a schedule of group classes in such calorie-crusading disciplines as boxing, yoga, boot camp, and Zumba. Wearied clients retire to the clean locker rooms after their circuits, taking time to relax in the dry sauna, decompress in the private showers, or retrieve their belongings from the lockers that only open to the correct frequency of wet-towel whippings.
During 8th Wonder Spa's signature reflexology sessions, guests lounge in cushy recliners as they look out through the spa's windows at an ocean of clear aqua-green water and trained reflexologists work on relieving tension through their feet. Other services allow for the same level of indulgence, including a foot soak featuring a wooden tub of Chinese-herb?infused water and head-to-fingernail massages that instill relaxation with novel sensations. Aromatic massage lotion enhances massages, during which fully clothed guests recline onto a table as skilled therapists activate pressure points and birthmarks all over the body with gentle tapping.
Throughout the day, Fitness For Life’s dance studio fills with upbeat music. One hour it’s classical, folk, and funk during Bollywood class, and the next it’s Polynesian drumbeats and reggae during Hot Hula class. This varied selection of music is needed to create the appropriate mood for the studio’s equally varied selection of dance-fitness classes, which includes yoga, Zumba, and boot camp. And in addition to being entertaining and expressive, the group workouts are also effective. They are designed to improve the body as a whole, which means developing cardio, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, flexibility, and the ability to taste protein in marshmallows. The studio also offers personal training and a relaxing lounge area with free Wi-Fi, apples, and lemon water.
Melanie Pleasure is a certified fitness instructor, a certified laugh yoga instructor, and a hoop-dance instructor. Like her name, her credentials express her core philosophy: fitness can be fun. Through Hooping With Pleasure, she shares this belief with students via upbeat Hula-Hoop classes. The sessions get hearts pumping in order to torch calories and relieve stress in a way that’s more satisfying than crushing packing peanuts with a sledgehammer.
Having spent 30 years rehearsing his martial-arts techniques and another 7 competing in professional MMA matches, Joey Alvarado amassed enough know-how to craft his own training style, Combat Kettle-Jitsu. This system blends grappling techniques with kettlebell-weight lifts to condition prospective fighters. Though his methods have now spread to more than 20 countries and his resumé lists black belts, medals, and championships, Alvarado doesn't covet celebrity status. Instead, he and his staff strive to imbue others with the strength to achieve their own personal victories.
During group classes, the team strives to reshape guests with both martial-arts maneuvers and conditioning drills. In addition to men’s spar-centric MMA sessions, they lead women's kickboxing, kettlebell boot camps, and CrossFit sessions. Teachers also helm MMA lessons for children and teens, keeping the youngsters engaged by infusing the session with games rather than wearing Justin Bieber masks. They offer private training for clients who want custom tips on their holds and hooks.