Boredom may be acceptable on the couch, but never in the gym. RAW Fitness instructors animate a dedication to that credo by invigorating students of all skill levels during indoor or outdoor training with their constantly changing boot camps. The team melds traditional exercises, such as light running and resistance training, with unorthodox segments spent crawling and climbing through obstacle courses either solo or teamed up with a partner. But RAW’s fitness system, which targets thighs, glutes, and abs, is only one part of the equation, like a presidential candidate's hair or abs. In addition to their boot-camp routines, trainers lead the Eating for Success nutritional program, which teaches students 12 habits to permanently lose weight.
At Bodysport Fitness Center, highly trained instructors motivate pupils of all athletic abilities during high-intensity group boot-camp classes designed by experienced personal trainers. During each coed session, a barrage of full-body workouts replaces lazy fitness routines and helps build lean yet strong physiques. Each trainer adapts his or her program to fit the personalities and abilities of the students, and changes the regimen routinely to confuse muscles, enraging them until they get strong enough to do something about it.
Exercisers feed off each other’s energy during the fun 45-to-60-minute sessions, cultivating a group bond and camaraderie based on mutual success and encouragement. The recently revamped program may incorporate elements of kettlebells, free weights, kickboxing, and even yoga alongside classic boot-camp musts, including calesthenics, plyometrics, core workouts, and primal screaming. During comfortable weather, students work away excess calories in scenic outdoor parks and move into the gym’s 8,400-square-foot facility in cases of extreme heat.
Gone are the tire-flipping and endless pushups; gone are the shouts and intimidating stares. These tactics are customary at co-ed boot camps, but at Girlie Boot Camp, the certified team of all-women trainers takes a more upbeat and fun approach. They characterize themselves as tough cheerleaders—they're ultra supportive and can't be ignored—who motivate gals of all fitness levels through each 50-minute session without the threat of latrine duties.
Designed by a woman with the female form in mind, the exercises at Girlie Boot Camp target areas of the body that most-often concern ladies, such as the thighs, hips, and buttocks. Instead of focusing on adding upper-body bulk with pushups and heavy weight-lifting, the workouts emphasize toning the lower body through upright bike sessions, light jogging, and stretching. Sessions often call upon Pilates and aerobics, and also incorporate light weight-lifting to sculpt statuesque arms.
Equipment: CrossFit, MMA, Power Plate, Free Weights, Circuit Training, Cardio
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: More than 25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We have a talented, caring team of instructors that will provide a great workout for all levels.
"We are the only gym in Las Vegas to receive the prestigious Conde Nast Five Star distinction, and have one of the largest CrossFit facilities in the world." That's how manager Robert Garza describes City Athletic Club, and indeed the facility is impressive. Its 48,000 square feet house a range of workout equipment and group exercise studios, as well as places to relax, including a sauna and hot tub. Yet despite this encyclopedic collection of fitness gear, City Athletic Club doesn't really look like a gym. It takes on more of a night club vibe, just with less sweating. White couches wait right inside the doors, soft neon lights drape in front of spinning machines, and a row of bar stools sits along counters near the front desk—the perfect place to sip a beverage from the smoothie cafe.
Building useful, practical strength is what students work toward when they step into City Athletic Club. The gym's team of coaches lead classes that emphasize strengthening "primal" movement patterns—movements humans perform every day, such lifting a bag of groceries, or placing a heavy box on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's head.
In the name of building functional strength, the team has filled nearly every inch of City Athletic Club's 48,000 square feet with something to lift, toss, tackle, punch, or swing on. When not hefting kettle-bells or swinging sledge hammers, students can step into the MMA training cage or stroke laps down the 25-meter swimming pool. Afterward, saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms await to ease sore muscles or draw out toxins.