With a focus on full-body training rather than muscle-isolating machines, Vaughn Bethell’s sprawling 12,000-square-foot gym eschews the traditional rows of high-tech equipment for functional gear such as giant tires, kicking bags, and training ropes. Of course, Bethell—a qualifying World Cup soccer player who has trained many pro-athletes-to-be—believes that the best piece of equipment is the human body itself. He relies on his bevy of fitness-related certifications to craft effective exercises that draw from the body’s own weight to create muscle-toning resistance. He uses these functional movements in a variety of services at his high-ceilinged studio, including athlete training, women’s boot camps, and personal-training sessions.
Bethell also prides himself on cultivating a welcoming nature in his gym, inviting guests to cool down in the lounges or showers before playing a round on the ping-pong tables or dead-lifting the communal computers.
During your two personal training sessions, one of ZX Fitness’ experienced personal trainers will work with you to assemble exercises that help you best accomplish your fitness goals, be they tightening your core, shedding extra pounds, improving muscular strength, or picking winning bingo cards. Then you’ll be let loose to use your newfound knowledge and six-week pass during all ZX Fitness group fitness classes and in its fully-loaded facility, which has cardio decks, basketball courts, free weights, large locker rooms, circuit training equipment, juice bars, a supervised children’s area, and more. Group fitness classes, of which there are more than 20, include cycling, dance, kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, and strength training. Unwind after a day of sweating and stretching by watching a sports game on one of the many HDTVs, or warm your socks while dehydrating fresh prunes in the sauna. Class schedules differ at each location.
Fitness 24 keeps its doors open to gym-goers at all hours of the day and night, providing convenient cardio and weightlifting opportunities overseen by an experienced team of body-bolstering trainers. Biceps bulge as their owners challenge Magnum and Nautilus weight equipment to arm-wrestling matches, and lung capacity increases and hearts get pumping with the help of Star Trac and Vision Fitness cardiovascular machines. For close, individualized torso-toning, a seasoned staff of expert trainers carefully conditions clients during 30-minute training sessions. The gym's locker rooms, equipped with showers and complimentary towel service, provide a clean, convenient space to transfer from toreador costumes to workout garb and vice versa.
At Qi Works Studio, instructor Mary Lou Powers facilitates well being by leading martial arts classes that build up strength, memory, and flexibility. Qigong sessions address the control of qi, which can spawn increased general health and advanced deftness in other martial arts applications, and the hand forms of tai chi help participants improve their posture, coordination, and brawn. Click here to view the schedule of classes, which are held at Greenville Technical Charter High School.
For more than two decades, founder Kristi Ried-Barton has passed on the system of health and nutrition maintenance she learned through yoga. She teaches these methods to overall wellbeing through classes such as vinyasa flow, amrit yoga, and beginner courses. There’s also courses for newcomers as well as life coaching and yoga workshops and events.