In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Motivations Fitness’s owner, Jameel McGregor, has earned the nickname the Reverend of Fitness for his view of the body as a temple. He and his team of certified professionals deliver their fitness sermons at a 700-square-foot studio outfitted with colorful stability balls, punching bags, and equipment such as the Smith machine, which encourages proper squat form. The studio’s signature five-component program—a cocktail of cardio and resistance training, supplements, meal planning, and professional guidance—draws on the latest fitness research to efficiently condition physiques. The Boxing Fitness Bootcamp Academy hones fighting prowess with core training, shadowboxing, and sparring rounds with a couple life-size Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. In an effort to bolster public health, the gym’s nonprofit Move2Lose Foundation raises awareness of fitness’s importance in the surrounding community.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
Brett Ray has an impressive fitness r?sum?: under certifications he lists boot camp instructor and personal trainer, his work experience includes his time as a competitive bodybuilder, and his achievements boast of his martial-arts skills. Needless to say, he?s fully qualified to oversee the operations and staff of Greensboro Adventure Boot Camp for Women. His instructors devise workouts that blend strength training with proper nutrition and motivational support. Meeting at various locations, Ray?s workouts sweat through exercises that range from sport yoga and strength training to fitness kickboxing, obstacle courses, Pilates, sport drills, and short-distance running.
Core Integrity Pilates & Xtend Barre, GSO's warm, spacious Pilates studio provides ample space to engage in the classical mat Pilates or an Xtend barre workout, a fusion class that sculpts the body through a blend of Pilates and ballet. Xtend barre takes techniques from dance, as it incorporates dance and cardiovascular moves to improve flexibility, posture, and tones muscles by targeting every major muscle group via light weights, a ballet barre, and intense core-strengthening abdominal exercises. Other classes include group equipment sessions limited to five students as well as Variations classes that change up traditional Pilates workouts.
Founder Patrick Willard keeps the gym open to everyone and leads a team of nationally certified fitness experts to teach everything from Zumba to martial arts and yoga. Trainers motivate clients during small-group boot camps, swift 30-minute circuit-training classes, or one-on-one training sessions. Nutrition seminars supplement the sweating by preventing budding bodybuilders from undermining their gains by falling prey to unhealthy diets of cement sandwiches.