P90X is a total-body-transformation workout with the goal of helping clients aggressively shed fat and build muscle. At IntensityX3, certified P90X fitness classes help clients achieve their fitness goals in a group setting, with certified trainers leading the way. These progressive workouts help gym-goers burn fat, increase strength, and improve flexibility by using a variety of fast-paced, constantly varying, high-energy movements.
At The Gym of Boca Raton, Life Fitness, Cybex, and Precor cardio and weight-training equipment line up in rows across the 15,000-square-foot space, helping patrons in their journeys to lead healthier lifestyles. But unlike many cookie-cutter workout facilities, exercise equipment isn't all The Gym has to offer. Here, certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors guide members to their goals during one-on-one training sessions and a full schedule of motivating fitness classes, including Zumba, yoga, and spin. The team doles out nutritional information and counseling for optimal weight-loss results, and strives to keep their clients on track with attainable, yet challenging, weekly goals. One week they might push them to increase their push-up regimen from sets of 10 to sets of 15, and the next they might urge them to achieve putting their pants on two legs at a time.
During Billy’s United States Fitness Corps Boot Camp program, members take to the beach to complete high-intensity workout regimens. Patrons work up a sweat pumping out lunges, sprints, and various other bodyweight exercises to shed inches and tone muscles.
The Gym also offers workout-enhancing perks, such as childcare, allowing parents and guardians to burn calories without strapping their youngsters to a stationary bike's handlebars.
Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out. That's according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore North, a member of the gym family named the sixth-best in America by The Active Times. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or high heels. Instead, classes feature trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker and Rachel Batista who lead students through group classes and personal-training sessions, and seasoned coaches who oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement.
Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting lean muscle, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Instructors also instill in their clients the CrossFit style with functional movements that aim to boost strength, power, and coordination.
Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces that embody a cultivated lack of the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes. In addition to adult classes, the coaches train kids aged 4 and older using CrossFit workouts scaled to different levels of strength, endurance, and giggliness.
Waggling two thick ropes tied to the wall. Kicking a punching bag. Stationary biking. The Institute of Human Performance’s circuit-training classes incorporate all these moves into a single workout, along with medicine-ball maneuvers, jump roping, hopscotch-like agility drills, and lively music that keeps the blood flowing. Voted the best core gym in the country by Men’s Health, the institute has also been honored by Glamour and Self for its hybrid-style classes, which incorporate elements of popular exercise styles such as Pilates and spinning. CEO Juan Carlos Santana and his team of certified trainers helm each class at the 7,200-square-foot facility, where indoor and outdoor workout spaces let patrons lift overcast skies by hand. The gym serves as a beta-testing site for fitness manufacturers, which means it has a fleet of cutting-edge, constantly updated machines.
Though Boca Gym's array of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength machines commands an impressive 1,000 square feet of space, the gym's staff is anything but robotic. The certified personal trainers and instructors strive to call everyone by name, whether they are assisting with deadlifts or running a kickboxing class—one of more than 40 group fitness classes scheduled per week. Their bright attitude complements the light that streams through floor-to-ceiling windows, and the neon-pink glow of the studio's walls.
The staff welcomes guests of every age and background to explore the facility, which includes a childcare area, tanning, and a juice bar. Instead of volunteering to climb and light the town's lampposts, members who wish to work out at night can swipe their 24-hour access card at the door.
The instructors at USP CrossFit share a simple, yet somewhat radical belief. They believe that someone working out for the first time should learn and participate in the same drills that help Olympic athletes get into shape. The only distinction worth considering is the degree of intensity.
Following this logic, the trainers have designed a roster of CrossFit workouts that can accommodate participants at all levels of fitness. Their sessions also help groups build camaraderie by stressing shared goals rather than competition. An average class might involve any number of workout activities, from weightlifting and gymnastics to sprinting and tearing cars in half.