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 along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Aiming to increase energy levels with the adrenaline-boosting effects of exercise, Gloria's Energetics Studio flings open its doors to clients six days a week. Inside the studio, upbeat music sets the pace for intense Zumba sessions or combination aerobics classes.
Team Tiger Martial Arts blends traditional techniques and modern training methods in its martial-arts classes. Students learn to kick and punch in cardio-kickboxing, tae kwon do, and Warrior Fitness and Strengthening classes. In addition to self-defense, the studio runs a variety of fitness classes?including yoga, tai chi, and Zumba?that build lean muscle.
Former U.S. Marine Carlos Valdez heads the experienced trainers at Power Fitness, deploying militaristic discipline to shape clients with body-sculpting workouts and nutritional advice. After evaluating fitness levels and goals, trainers infect aerobic amateurs and ruthless oxygen destroyers alike with contagious motivational mojo. Boot campers engage in weight-bearing exercises that pit gravity against muscles— gravity's greatest battle since it handily defeated astronaut ice cream. The you-lifting moves are designed to increase muscle strength, tighten cores, and tone hearts. One-hour sessions (starting at 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.) take place Monday–Friday at Body Builder's Powerhouse gym. Camp purists can roast muscles over cardiovascular fires in outdoor sessions that convene Monday–Friday at Bill Schupp Park on Zinnia Avenue from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition to muscle manipulation, Power Fitness trainers also provide healthy-eating guidelines and meal plans to maximize intake of nutritional grub and minimize intake of flaming batons.
Around the globe, each of Gracie Barra's more than 300 schools shares a common curriculum: Brazilian jiu jitsu. The school's instructors instill the traditional martial art throughout the world, venturing beyond Brazil to nearly every continent on Earth. At the McAllen branch, the instructors possess the same International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation certifications as their colleagues across the globe, and call on their training in the Gracie Barra curriculum to teach the martial-arts technique to all ages and experience levels. Additionally, they schedule programs such as muay thai and women's fight-fitness classes that incorporate self-defense tactics for beating up unwanted calories.
Kettlebells, free weights, and medicine balls litter the ground after one of Crosscore 956's intense workouts. The accredited CrossFit coach leads students of all fitness levels through unconventional exercises during the fitness classes that change daily. Exercises can include body-weight exercises, such as sprinting or pushups, or exercises with props, such as weightlifting, swinging heavy ropes, and ring dips.