Helmed by a husband-and-wife team of competitive power lifters, Stroud’s Fitness sculpts bodies into tiptop shape with personal training, boot-camp classes, and a workout space brimming with strength-training tools. Available Monday–Saturday, 45-minute personal training sessions pair clients with certified trainers to set fitness goals and build workouts that make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. Clients can practice recently learned lifts and curls with free weights of various sizes or trample stress on a sturdy treadmill. One-hour boot-camp classes work each major muscle group with bodyweight exercises, dumbbells, resistance bands, and yoga poses. To raise heart rates and burn calories, some workouts incorporate 40-second bursts of kickboxing and plyometric moves such as box jumps and bunny hops. Standard boot camps take place weekday evenings and Saturday mornings, and low-impact sessions lure exercisers into the 20,000-square-foot facility Monday–Thursday at 10 a.m.
At Metroflex Gym Midcities, you can grunt through your last bicep curl and slam that dumbbell to the floor in triumph—and no one will chastise you for the resounding thud. The husband-and-wife team behind the MidCities franchise opened the gym after they became tired of the rules, lack of loud music, and outright napping that they found at most corporate gyms. Today, they run the kind of gym they feel comfortable in, where high-energy music motivates workouts and members sweat it out in non-climate-controlled rooms. Exercisers can get toned with traditional fitness machines and free weights, or join in on cross-training and boxing classes that build muscle and general athleticism throughout the whole body.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Powerhouse offers group classes for beginners as well as veterans more moldable than molasses. A beginner Vinyasa flow course teaches the basics of alignment and form, and a Yin-Yang yoga session mixes tempos by combining 1–2-minute-long held poses with faster-moving active posture. Finding a Pilates mat class to fit your weekly schedule is as easy as balancing discarded take-out boxes on a dusty elliptical machine; take a look at Powerhouse's schedule here. All group classes can be modified to suit students of any level, and the friendly, extensively trained instructors will work to find the pace that's right for you.