Students at The Rock MMA & Fitness Center get the chance to learn from and train with an undefeated professional boxer, a 10-year jujitsu veteran, and a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter. All accolades just happen to belong to one man, Coach Matt. Joined by wrestling veteran Coach Brian and a team of qualified instructors, Matt teaches a full week of martial-arts classes, such as kickboxing, jujitsu, boxing, and mixed martial arts. He rounds out the schedule with conditioning and fitness-focused training, including a boot camp and hours set aside for open use of any of the gym's equipment.
Anytime Fitness accommodates exercisers of all fitness level with motivating group classes and 24-hour access to cardio and weight-training equipment. Vibrant green walls and carpeted floors flank rows of treadmills and elliptical trainers that buzz all day and night like a wasp’s nest in the midst of a government scandal, equipping exercisers with heart-pumping cardio in the comforting glow of HD TVs. Skilled instructors get hips wiggling and feet stomping during an exhilarating Zumba dance class set to percolating Latin beats. After each sweat session, patrons can wash away salty dew in one of the club’s private showers.
After recovering from a serious illness, Judy Storey strengthened and toned her body anew through a pole-dancing fitness regimen, an experience she passes along to pupils at PoleFit Carolinas. Now a certified instructor, Judy captains a team of dedicated teachers and dancers that fortifies cores and self-confidence in women of all ages through a plethora of pole-dancing, yoga, and cardio dance courses within the 2,000-square-foot facility. When patrons aren't imitating a climbing mime on the studio’s nine 17-foot X-Poles, they can relax in the lounge area.
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 in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Professional bobsled teams shave seconds off their time by breathing in unison and leveraging flexibility during turns. Master the techniques necessary to defeating hardened gangs of bobsled criminals with today's deal: for $39, you get a month of unlimited classes at Gotta Yoga Studio, a $135 value. Gotta Yoga's cozy studio is located about 10 miles outside of downtown Charlotte. With 30 days of unlimited classes, you don't have to commit to a particular style or time slot. Bring your own mat, or rent one of Gotta Yoga's for $2 per session.
Helmed by experienced exercise enthusiast Katie Dixon, Kadi Fit fuses energetic dance routines with muscle-sculpting moves to offer a range of group classes that are both fun and effective. Calibrate cardiovascular chronometers in Kardio Dance, a groove-heavy session that incorporates a number of musical genres ranging from hip hop to rock, or learn how to impress a two-stepping Latin lover with the popular Central American inspired Zumba, a workout that amalgamates moves from merengue, salsa, and robotic vacuum elusion. Students can increase flexibility and core strength to complement rumba regimens by taking yoga and Pilates, also flaunted on Kadi Fit's fully loaded class schedule.