Get A Grip Total Fitness’s certified personal trainer, Carrie Kukuda, pulls from her own weight-loss and exercise trials when coaching her students through kettlebell, boot-camp, or personal-training sessions. Her 45- to 60-minute boot-camp classes motivate exercisers through kettlebell training, TRX resistance work, running, and yoga moves to tone muscles and jump-start heart rates. In addition to exercise, nutrition guidance leads patrons in slimming down with heart-healthy and energizing meals that eschew bacon-wrapped donuts stuffed in bacon-wrapped donuts. Throughout all programs, Carrie inspires participants to soldier on with endless positive motivation and fitness tips for all types of students.
A pop-art mural on the back wall features musclebound bodies, exploding logos, and a bit of the starry cosmos. It's all the frivolity that the coaches at Battleground Training allow themselves. The rest of the facility remains unadorned cinder block and cement, a Spartan setting broken up only by the workout equipment that dots the gargantuan space. Heavy punching bags dangle in the middle of the room, and resistance bands sprout from the walls. Tractor tires and free weights occupy some of the floor, but the venue leaves plenty of space for the most important aspect of the training: room to move. The trainers take on past, present, and future athletes, helping them hone their bodies through boxing drills, lifts, and attempts to dodge echoes.
The Wellness Center's commitment to health extends to areas as diverse as chiropractic care, acupuncture, and group fitness classes. Under the guidance of a team of chiropractic doctors and acupuncturists, the staff combats muscle and joint pain, stress, and other health problems through physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments and 14 types of massages. Fitness programs, meanwhile, range from hatha yoga classes to outdoor boot-camp exercises that use tractor tires as fitness equipment, instead of traditional strength-training tools like dumbbells and industrial-size pickle jars.
Wrestling. Point fighting. Kickboxing. San Shou. Mixed Martial Arts. Name a combat sport, and chances are, Rich Galicia Wilson has competed in it—and won. A fourth-level black belt, Rich has amassed an impressive resume of belts, and bruises, over the years. His latest endeavor, Fight Team, taps into all that experience and shares it with others.
Rich and his team provide expert training for amateur and professional fighters. They also lead Fight Fitness, which offers cardio kickboxing classes for individuals looking to reap the benefits of a fighter's training regimen. During classes, students unleash fury on focus mitts, Thai pads, and speed bags. They even spar with partners, which is far more effective than tearfully swinging at a picture of an old, snarky gym teacher.
Since Joe Gold opened the first location in 1965 in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 700 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength.Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members—which include professional athletes and celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Faith Hill, and Jessica Alba—chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers in cycling sessions.
At the Tampa location, owners Ed and Patty team up with an expert crew of trainers to help clients achieve their fitness goals. The gym floor corrals modern equipment such as low-impact ellipticals and treadmills outfitted with individual TVs, and the spin room showcases Livestrong stationary bikes. Instructors also lead dynamic group fitness classes that include disciplines such as yoga, MMA, and boot camps.
At Boot Camp With A Cause, classes don't just focus on the physical. Five key elements—mindset, nutrition, supplementation, strength training, and cardio conditioning—inform the programs at the workout haven. This holistic approach helps members adjust their perspective on health as they lose pounds and tone limbs to resemble their favorite Greek statues. The fitness organization also focuses on the community, regularly donating to local charities and holding occasional free Saturday boot camps in which students bring blankets, food, and clothing for those in need.