Chad Humphrey comes from a family of eaters, with a particular penchant for his mother's southern cooking. But when he tipped the scale at 275 lbs., he entered a bet with his brothers to see who could get to 220 lbs. the fastest. After cruising to 215 and taking the $100 prize, Chad was inspired to help other achieve the same transformative goals. Workouts at Chad Humphrey Fitness are based on the idea that group exercise promotes greater results and accountability. Each one-hour session blends a mix of metabolic and plyometric conditioning, including suspension rings, weight sleds, box jump, and medicine balls.
For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
TriFit’s personal trainers Ed Marks and Sheila Blake took radically different routes to fitness. Ed grew up immersed in athletics—football, baseball, track—and forayed into personal training in the ‘80s. Sheila, on the other hand, stumbled upon fitness about six years ago, when her career as a stay-at-home mom resulted in some extra weight. Despite their different backstories and techniques to their personal training, but each boasts equal talent at customizing workouts and diets to oust pounds.
At Elite Pilates Reformer Studio, owner and instructor Luisa Parker leans on a career of more than 29 years as a dance instructor, a certified personal trainer, and a red/black belt in karate to lead high-energy Pilates Reformer sessions. Working with Luisa, you’ll build strength without bulking up, improve posture, balance, and flexibility, and excel in sports and exercise.
Octane Athletic Performance's team of personal trainers and athletes enact their fitness philosophy with a carefully curated schedule of classes and training sessions. Their integrated approach to fitness, which combines strength, flexibility, endurance, and biomechanics, forms the core of all of their boot-camp and group fitness classes.
Members of Bella Women’s Fitness gain access to the women-only gym 24 hours a day, allowing them to meet with their personal trainer or soak up heat in the sauna at all hours. The gym, designed to be as convenient, comfortable, and bee-free as possible, stocks its earth-colored walls with cardio machines paired with plasma TVs, free weights, and stability balls. Guests work out on those machines alongside a personal trainer or on their own, or they can feed off the enthusiasm of a small group during yoga, Zumba, and Pilates classes. After working out, guests revel in the comforts in the locker room, which includes personal showers, a sauna, tanning booths, and a massage therapist.