As a personal trainer for a big gym, Drew deVry grew disenchanted by the hundreds of dollars he was asking people to spend on training each month. He knew that the costs were prohibitive for so many people, and so he struck out on his own and opened Freedom Fitness.
With more than a decade of training experience and a certification from the American College of Sports Medicine to guide him, Drew developed hundreds of exercise routines for people of every ability level. When members walk in the door, he and his staff pick out a workout based on their goals and restrictive issues before helping them get acclimated to the equipment. Routines make use of equipment such as free weights, cable machines, and a full lineup of cardio equipment, including the gym’s treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent bikes, and StairMasters.
In addition to penning a plentitude of workout plans over the years, Drew—a certified nutritionist—has also authored a variety of nutrition plans. He and his staff pick one to suit each member, usually starting off aggressively to trigger an encouraging round of fat loss, then tapering into a sustainable plan for lifelong health. He eschews reliance on supplements in favor of tapping into the nutrition in everyday foods, hoping to inspire a "love affair" with fruits and vegetables that makes visits to the produce section exciting.
Bikram Yoga Burien conducts its classes in a 105-degree room with 40-percent humidity–a sultry climate that aims to increase the elasticity of muscles and facilitate detoxification through sweat. During 90-minute classes, the facility's expert instructors provide detailed, easy-to-follow direction fit for practitioners of all experience levels. Sessions begin with deep breathing exercises, followed by Bikram's 26 postures and poses.
Highline Athletic Club offers more than 50 group classes every week in a safe, clean, and cobra-free gym environment, and Groupon customers will get to take any 10 of the club’s hour-long classes on its Group-X aerobics schedule. During Group Ride, cyclists mount stationary bikes in the cycling studio and burn their calories to ashes while pretending to climb impossible inclines and treat Lance to a mouthful of their back wheel's gravel in the Tour de France. Group Centergy combines yoga, Pilates, and uplifting music to help participants reduce stress and organize their bodies’ unalphabetized energy, whereas Group Power uses simple yet challenging squats, lunges, presses, curls, and triple back flips for a complete workout that addresses all the major muscle groups. Finally, let your sweaty hair down with a dance-happy hour of shaking, shimmying, popping, locking, and Charlestoning in Group Groove.
Unlike a real rainforest, The Jungle Gym doesn't follow the laws of biology. At 4 months, all of its inhabitants are elephants. When they reach 2.5 years, they turn into toucans. And at the age of 8, they become ferocious predators: jaguars. But the odd metamorphosis isn't the result of evolution gone awry. It's all thanks to The Jungle Gym's instructors, who name each class in their gymnastics curriculum after a different animal. In noncompetitive sessions, they help toddlers and kids develop in areas such as flexibility, coordination, and balance—eventually teaching them advanced gymnastics routines.
These classes unfold across The Jungle Gym's padded facility, where kids bound over trampolines, beams, bars, and obstacle courses. The facility also encompasses things related to gymnastics, including a zipline and a 10-foot climbing wall.These activities come into play during open-gym sessions, birthday parties, or The Jungle Gym's bi-monthly party, Kids Night Out. This latter shindig encompasses three hours of games and activities, during which parents can go out to a restaurant or watch their favorite cartoons in private.
Every Hot Feet Fitness class shares one important feature: a practice space heated to more than 90 degrees with 40% humidity. These sweltering conditions present an additional challenge during workouts, although the heat is also responsible for some valuable benefits. In addition to raising heart rates and boosting circulation throughout the entire body, the high temperatures help loosen tight muscles, which increases ranges of motion and reduces the risk of injury due to strain.
The studio hosts three types of classes within its sauna-like setting. High-intensity 21-minute HFF Workouts use body-weight exercises to tone and strengthen muscles while increasing cardiovascular endurance. Stretching classes similarly last 21 minutes, although the slower-paced sessions use deep, sustained stretches to loosen joints and gently engage muscles. During the 50- to 90-minute hot-yoga classes, students learn to increase mind-body awareness as they develop greater flexibility and balance.