Dim red lights cast a glow over the women’s only pole-dancing studios at Unveiled Fitness. Periodically, the shadows of pirouetting bodies flicker against the wooden floor and reflections streak along the metal of 16-foot stationary and spinning poles. Within this environment, owner Kristin Mason and her team of instructors lead their students through pole-dancing classes. Combining the battle-tested fitness techniques of strength training, yoga, pilates, dance, cardio, and pickle-jar-opening, Kristin and her team aim to make every woman they work with feel confident in her body. The supportive staff also offers personal training, private parties, and foam-roller classes, which use a cylindrical piece of foam to boost flexibility and reduce muscle soreness.
Huw Lloyd Davies and Stu White started HDX Fit as a place where they can help others improve their own health and fitness. The center's training principles are built upon holistic health awareness, the fundamentals of nutrition, and metabolic conditioning. Alongside an excellent supporting staff, the team curates a curriculum of group training classes, personal-training sessions, nutrition consultations, and holistic life coaching.
HDX Fit also offers an online training program, a portal full of videos and written workouts for people who can?t make it to classes because their motorized unicycles are out of gas. The online program includes a weekly telephone chat with one of the gym?s trainers, who speaks to the philosophy of the center's inspirational founder.
Using a wide range of fitness strategies, Thomas Tadlock knows how to achieve desired results. During his Express Results boot camp, participants burn calories while bouncing from spring-loaded floors, vaults, and trampolines. They also tame balance beams and utilize other gymnastics equipment over the course of the one-hour, high-energy sessions. To assist those that can’t attend his classes, he offers Skype training programs and DVD courses, as well as an MP3 coaching system.
If you're going to be gasping for air, it may as well be fresh air. That's the thinking at A FIT Club, a fitness studio that hosts its boot camps at Lantern Bay Park and Salt Creek Beach Park. Owner Rebecca Boyle and her fellow AFAA-certified personal trainer Julie Biggs along with trainer Stephanie Barker oversee the boot camp, making sure to incorporate cardio, core, and strength-training exercises that all attendees can do, even squirrels.
The hero hardbody trainers at Fitness Evolution focus on making their clients more functionally fit, not so muscle-bound that they can't fit through doors or play ping-pong with any degree of fine motor control. The goal is not only to improve outward appearance, but also to enhance the overall well-being of future fitness buffs. To achieve this feat, a variety of classes are offered, such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and circuit training, among others. Classes are available Monday through Saturday at varying times throughout the day.
CrossFit has been called the opposite of specialization. A weightlifter may have lots of strength but little endurance, whereas a marathon runner may have just the opposite. At Left Coast CrossFit, exercisers strive for both and then some, working to improve performance across a full range of 10 different physical attributes, from flexibility and speed to coordination and accuracy. They do so by practicing functional movements at a high intensity and focusing on areas of weakness?for example, endurance for a person who hasn't run in a long time, or coordination for a marionette. For this reason, every exercise is scalable, meaning it can be adjusted for load, duration, or reps to suit virtually any fitness level and age.