Michael Glatter has appraised fitness from many different perspectives—as an athlete on a wrestling team, as a competitor in power-lifting meets, as an Applied Health Science student in a college classroom, and as a personal trainer. He brings his extensive athletic experience to Glatter Fitness, pulling from his knowledge of kinesiology and expertise in various training methods to craft workouts designed to slim physiques and tone muscles. His constantly varied boot-camp workouts are packed with strength-training and cardiovascular exercises such as kettlebell swings, lunges, and mountain-climbers.
At CrossFit Full Circle, dedicated coaches motivate students to get into the best shape of their lives. They’re guided by the no-nonsense workout ethic of CrossFit, a system that focuses on constantly varied functional exercises executed at high intensity. The gym's personal trainers draw from a wealth of experiences and certifications—owner Jason Struck is working on a master's degree in exercise physiology, and coach Matt Bahen boasts a background in serving with elite units in the navy⎯as they lead boot camps and exercises such as hurling kettlebell weights and performing pull-up reps. In order to build muscle, burn fat, and shake houseguests' hands firmly but not so firmly that they lose their arms, members use top-shelf equipment, weights, and bumper plates from brands such as Pendlay, Rogue, Kraiburg, and Dragon Door, all under the constant encouragement of a like-minded community of fellow athletes.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength and use more than 150 pieces of cardio equipment, attend over 100 different classes, and play on the racketball court, basketball court and in the pool. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated. Members also have access to Kids Care and even tanning booths.
Inside of Innsbrook boutique studio, TidalWheel's instructors guide participants through constantly changing workout routines atop state-of-the-art cycling equipment. Each 45-minute class combines upbeat music with exercises that burn calories and sculpt physiques. The result is a high-energy cardio and strength-training workout that works the core and upper body.
When the Richmond Alternative Center for Health first opened its doors in 1968, it was meant to be a space where members could attend to every area of their health and fitness. More than four decades later, the center is still committed to that vision. Much of the staff has been around for 15 years or more, creating a tight-knit, welcoming environment that has many people calling them the Cheers of health clubs.
There's plenty of traditional cardio and strength-training equipment, with TVs and wandering minstrels to keep everyone entertained. The bustling class schedule includes Zumba's Latin-inspired aerobic dance party, various styles of yoga, and Les Mills classes, including the sports-inspired BodyAttack. Students can continue to stretch, relax, and meditate within the dedicated mind-body room or hone mind-ball coordination on the basketball or racquetball courts. Personal trainers help members focus in on their individual goals and commit to making progress.
The staff offers wellness consultations to help members evaluate every area of their health, as well as nutrition counseling that can include anything from meal planning to cooking classes. Massage therapists knead away stress and postworkout soreness, and the heat of the cedar sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi also helps bodies unwind. In the lounge area, free WiFi, newspapers, and magazines wait to be appreciated. And the onsite Healthy Cafe blends up smoothies alongside healthy meals and coffee, which members can enjoy right there or take home to share with health-conscious ghosts.
Next Level Fitness LLC's American Fitness Professionals & Associates–certified instructors send groups into fits of energetic, ever-changing exercises during outdoor workouts. They tailor the routines to suit patrons of all fitness levels, helping them build core strength, power, and endurance at their own pace while still being challenged. In any given session, attendees might swing and twirl heavy ropes for resistance, or run with medicine balls, hop, and do pushups. These varied exercises help to stave off the boredom of repetition, which can cause students to lose interest in working out.
Next Level Fitness's Tabata bootcamp, a program intertwined with the standard outdoor class, is designed for those with busy schedules, helping clients fit in one-hour workouts three times per week supplemented by shorter workouts on three off days. Complementing the fitness routines, trainers also provide nutrition tips and exercises to not only sculpt bodies, but keep them healthy too.