Music, motivation, technology, and expert trainers. At CycleFit Sports, that’s the recipe used to whip members into shape during cycling and circuit-training classes. CycleFit Sports’s cycling classes distance themselves from standard spin classes with the help of CycleOps indoor cycles, which feature power meters that display how the user’s body performs under stress while relaying heart rates and calories burned. Classes are scaled to all levels, starting beginners out with 30-minute sessions and challenging experienced participants to 90 minutes of pedaling fury. To round out fitness regimens, CycleFit Sports also leads customized circuit-training courses that incorporate everything from TRX resistance bands and kettlebells to sandbags, plyometric boxes, and medicine balls.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled Sgt. H2O's Aquatic Boot Camp after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. Each aquatic session tests fitness practitioners of all ability levels with moves designed to maximize lung capacity, boost swimming speed, and tone the entire body. Water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of exercise, and the pool’s gentle gravity proves easy on the joints. Exercisers tackle tasks such as pool sprints, towel swims, treading water with weights, bending submarines over one’s knee, and group exercise drills, as well as aquatic conditioning kicks. In Dallas, Sgt. H2O's personal training programs entitle trainees to attend complimentary boot-camp classes if they complete three hours of personal training per week. An online depository of nutritional advice helps students keep their weight-loss or healthy-living efforts on track.
Tough Cookies' certified coaches give women the guidance, encouragement, and support they need to reach their cycling, running, or swimming goals—whether they're looking to walk a 5K for the first time or to transform into a competitive triathlete. During running-program sessions, coaches don't just get ladies jogging. They also incorporate yoga and strength training to help them run faster and longer while avoiding injuries that commonly plague female runners. Cycling-performance sessions focus on skills such as handling, pedaling technique, and hill climbing, and the eight-week open-water-swim training camps help swimmers avoid the embarrassment of winning a triathlon with the doggy paddle.
Their half-marathon, marathon, and triathlon training programs help competitors ramp up for race day with multiple training sessions each week supplemented by special clinics, personalized daily training schedules, and online nutrition logs. Tough Cookies also hosts its own race events, including a 5K and a duathlon.
The professional fitness coaches of BodyBusiness Health Club & Spa devote all their time to their profession, unlike many trainers who divide their time among obligations. This focused devotion manifests itself in the group classes and nutritional programs in which clients can participate. Part spa, part fitness center, and part dragon, BodyBusiness's two locations allow guests to build up a sweat during a personal-training session, then indulge in some R&R by enjoying a massage or facial or sitting in the steam room.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may chisel, strengthen, and balloon muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of a trained instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history, medical background, and goals of completing an underwater bicycle race. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and others promote salubrious bodies with full-body circuit workouts designed to give each and every lackadaisical muscle a Popeye-like infusion of metaphorical spinach.
Owner and certified fitness trainer, Scott York, leads constantly changing, high-energy boot-camp classes that were featured in Austin Fit Magazine. After stretching and a dynamic movement warm-up, bodies are kept guessing with activities that vary with each class. Participants (no more than 20/class) swing kettlebells, lift free weights, toss medicine balls, and dangle from gymnast rings in a 45- to 60-minute workout session that can burn roughly 500+ calories or the exact amount of nervous energy needed to fail a driver’s test. The early-morning sessions strengthen muscles and minds with positive energy throughout the day, with Scott encouraging exercisers to always work out within their comfort zone. FullForceFitness recommends that clients bring water, tennis shoes, health and consent forms, and a large beach-type towel for floor exercises.