Vasa. The Latin word for "vessel," it's one way of describing something that contains the mind's hope, the body's ambitions, and the spirit's goals. It's also the name of Vasa Fitness, an inclusive gym that acts as the vessel for (and catalyst of) its members' fitness aspirations. At 17 locations throughout Utah, the gym's more than 140,000 members draw strength and inspiration from cardio and free-weight studios, personal training, and group fitness classes. In addition to achieving personal goals, they also target their in-game performance, training on turf that mimics conditions found everywhere from the football field to the soccer pitch. It's not all hard work, though. The gyms also come with amenities ranging from cardio cinema centers to on-site childcare programs.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Even if you switch between running forwards and backwards, treadmill workouts can get monotonous. Luckily, that isn't the case with CrossFit West Jordan’s workouts, which, in keeping with the CrossFit tradition, change daily. During one session, someone might swing a sledgehammer through the air; during another, they might flip a tire end over end, then take a rewarding nap inside of it. The end goal remains the same, though—to build rippling muscle and amp up cardio strength.
Jess Thomas, the mastermind behind the military-style boot camps at Bootcamp with Jess and Company, draws inspiration from his US Army and law enforcement careers, striving to shock patrons into making life-changing decisions about their health with his high-intensity "no pain, no gain" fitness philosophy. Bootcamp with Jess and Company?s five locations resound with emphatic and loud positive encouragement given by Jess's troupe of fatigues-sporting instructors.
The boot camps commence with a five-day ?hell week,? in which guests strap on 30-pound vests and perform weight-training, agility, and endurance exercises. Throughout their physical trials, patrons learn about the body's muscle groups and how to wrestle the exercise machines into submission long enough to complete a workout. At the end of "hell week," students honor their hard work during a graduation ceremony, where they shed their weighted vests and have their measurements taken to mark their starting statistics before embarking on their six-week fitness journey. Boot camps are complemented by nutritional guidance, ensuring that all parts of the body are taken care of and patrons take a well-rounded approach to their wellness.
At Square 1 Fitness, the doors are open all day, every day. With a month-to-month contract, members enjoy access to all that lies behind these gates: brand-name strength and cardio equipment, health screenings, fitness evaluations, and full showers. The gym also houses certified personal trainers who can develop personalized fitness programs. The trainers guarantee results, and have a proven history of success—an archive of success stories includes testimonials of participants who halved their body fat, reclaimed their pre-pregnancy figure, or overcame a weight-loss plateau. Complementing fitness services, Square 1 Fitness provides massage therapy, tanning, and other spa services that reward bodies more effectively than gold-star bicep tattoos.
Performed in a room heated to at least 105 degrees and amid air thick with at least 40% humidity, Bikram yoga is designed to make you sweat. An offshoot of the hatha-yoga tradition, it consists of a series of muscle-stretching poses that challenge students to build strength, achieve mental and physical balance, and increase their stamina. Bikram Yoga West Jordan's new 3,500-square-foot studio provides one of the first official Bikram venues west of Salt Lake City and above Salt Lake Undercity. After the challenging practice, students can cool off with provided filtered water and ice, then hit the spacious changing rooms and showers to walk out into the world a changed person.