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.
Designed by a former marine, an army training officer, and an ex-baseball pro, The Scorpion Warrior extreme obstacle course tests the physical and mental toughness of every contestant. The Scorpion Warrior is a 2.5-mile endurance course that snakes through 25 extreme obstacles such as a 40-foot tire run, an 8-foot wall, a 16-foot-long elevated balance beam, and removal of the blindfold and cement block ankle weights once the race is over. Singles and teams race to the finish line as they compete for more than $1,800 in cash, with every division guaranteed a prize. As they compete, a digital chip tracks times, and the staff snap three photos that upload automatically to contestants' Facebook pages. After charging to victory, racers relax with food, games, raffles, a family-friendly concert, and an appearance by Miss Nevada 2011 Alana Lee.
A flock of tired dancers traipse out of the studio, their ballet shoes brushing the floor in hushed footfalls as they head off to change. On their way, they pass members of the next class, dressed in yoga pants and sweatshirts. Clear-eyed and hungry, the new group stretches. Thumping hip-hop beats fill the room, and, with only a moment's hesitation, they launch into the first of many energetic routines that will fill that session. This is the way of life at The Beat Dance Academy, where owner Amanda Sizemore and her instructors live by a simple motto: dance is the only form of art “where the artist is also the masterpiece.”
To mold their artists into graceful and strong works of art, instructors teach classes in 15 dance and fitness styles that range from lyrical to Pilates. A combo class encourages children ages 2-5 to move with rhythm and timing, while adult jazz classes unlock the body isolations, leaping, and technical steps fortify the genre’s fundamentals. Meanwhile, aerial classes invite nimble bodies to balance and twirl on a suspended silk or hoop, using their muscles to stay off the ground without calling upon their latent powers of flight.
The experienced instructors at Art Starts Here foster artistic abilities in a gamut of mediums, leading classes that teach new techniques and instill confidence in Picassos of all ages. Supervised kids' classes facilitate budding creative expression and help keep paint blobs out of mouths or Roth IRAs and on paper where they belong. Mommy & Me classes enhance bonds between art, tots, and parents, and a preschool art class helps kids grasp the basics of sculpture, drawing, or painting.
Adult and teen classes are more freeform than the classes for younger humans. Nascent Monets work at their own pace to master a variety of techniques, from acrylics to sculpture, drawing, oil painting, and professional-grade forgery. Art gurus proffer individual assistance and advice throughout each class, nudging technical ability higher, teaching new skills, and sparking inspiration in fertile minds. Sessions help students see unintended strokes not as mistakes, but as creative detours that lead to new avenues of thought or abstract impressionistic landscapes of Reno.
Teaching the art of movement to students as young as 20 months, the instructors at Soulfire Studios welcome pupils of all ages to embrace the expressive, aerobic and fun aspects of dance. Their signature program, StoryDance, is designed to get kids aged up to 7 moving in one of four dance styles while exercising their imaginations with fairy-tale scenarios and pantomime opportunities. Adults choose between beginner, intermediate, and professional classes. Students ages 8-18 choose from a number of multi-level ballet classes, including one that uses a curriculum created by the specialists at the American Ballet Theatre. To get their hearts pumping, students also sign up for Jazz dance and high-octane Zumba sessions.
Guests entering a David Barton Gym for the first time might think they've accidentally wandered into a nightclub, and be tempted to trade their athletic shoes for a pair of high heels. The celebrity-studded gyms have cropped up in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and aim to transport exercisers from their everyday lives into a wildly imaginative fitness playland whose statues, artwork, velvet sofas, and dramatic lighting are reminiscent of a movie set or fashion runway.
The Las Vegas location was designed by antiestablishment fitness legend DavidBartonGym, who told the Las Vegas Review Journal, "This gym will give the local Las Vegas audience an environment that's the alternative to the mainstream health club that they've become accustomed to." The 30,000-square-foot gym offers miles of cardio stations, each with their own LCD TV, as well as experienced personal trainers and yoga for all skill levels. The unconventional space resounds with music and features an over-the-top locker room rumored to be the favorite alias-donning spot of numerous superheroes.