Where do elite athletes train? Sometimes under the same roof as everyday people. Velocity's trainers—some of which have worked with athletes on the world stage—bring their talents to help people of all ages meet their fitness goals or become champions during sports training sessions. With a focus on agility, speed, and strength, trainers help exercisers improve their performance in specific sports or train anyone who wants to get in better shape.
The coaches also lead students in general fitness classes, such as CrossFit, which uses intense interval training to build muscle and burn fat. With physical therapy also available, clients know someone is there to help muscles repair after an intense workout or after another botched effort at walking down the stairs while juggling.
At Live In Fit, Alycia Sumlin-Lyrse and her team of certified trainers take a benevolent approach to fitness classes. The team uses spirituality and integrity as motivating forces to achieve physical health and believe that being good examples of fitness themselves is the best way to get their students motivated to change their lives. Accordingly, their boot camps and circuit-training classes eschew the harsh yelling and humiliating diary reading of typical routines for positive reinforcement and friendly encouragement. The fitness gurus will even travel to places of business and customize workout programs for employees to help banish sick days and boost productivity.
ou don't have to be an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter to train like one at UFC Gym. That's because instructors at the fitness haven teach the training techniques and mixed martial arts of the UFC during a wealth of classes and personal training sessions. Members can learn kicks, punches, and jabs during cardio box and combat challenge classes, and build formidable abs in Killer Core. In doing so, they'll develop the strength, muscle tone, and endurance to finally outrun the neighborhood bull.
The instructors at Hermosa Pilates channel their varied fitness backgrounds into a range of Pilates classes, motivating students to improve their core strength, flexibility, and posture. Reformer machines and mirrors span the spacious, high-ceilinged studio, in which pulsing tunes amp up students as the instructors lead them through 55-minute classes. The classes blend Pilates and yoga moves with cardio circuits, and include bouncing atop the jumpboard and bouts of TRX suspension training, which uses Thera-Band elastic exercise bands and ropes to challenge patrons with heightened resistance as they are suspended in the air working multiple muscle groups or practicing Peter Pan imitations.
Tracy Coe established Body & Mind Coe-Dynamics in 2003, drawing on her career experience in medical conditioning and physical therapy to forge a Pilates studio that aims for overall wellness. Aboard specialized machines, including TRX equipment, the Reformer, Combo Chair, and Cadillac, the staff of certified teachers leads exercises suitable for all ages. Breathing work syncs up with movement techniques to increase strength and harness balance and flexibility. All of the customizable, full-body workouts can adapt to different body types for a customized workout, with specific classes tailored toward experienced athletes, newbies, expectant mothers, and those rehabilitating from injuries. Nutritional-guidance appointments based on customized Quantum Nutrition programs identify harmful habits such as fire eating to reshape both lifestyles and physiques.
Not every Pilates studio has custom-built reformers named after it. HIP Studio, on the other hand, order their HIPformers from local builders, who construct the machines to be extra-durable, easily repaired, and eco-conscious, primarily composing the frames of recycled wood. While they make plenty of use of their original equipment, they also teach more than just Pilates. They incorporate trampolines, ballet barres, TRX suspension harnesses, and punching bags into ten different fitness classes. All of their innovative sessions take place in their sunny, hardwood-floored studio. Aside from facilitating eye-pleasure, the elegant hardwood flooring conceals a layer of cork that absorbs shock and cushions joints. Dynamic sound systems keep high-energy music pumping through the studio, and broadcasts beats to every corner of the space at equal volume.
Center for Health and Fitness's facility spans 17,000 square feet and harbors everything members need to embrace wellness. The cardio space beckons exercisers with Matrix treadmills, stationary bikes, and stair climbers, as well as arm-cranks and seated NuStep elliptical trainers, which go easy on joints and aid in injury rehabilitation. A complete kettlebell set stands out among the abundant strength training equipment, which also includes Hammer Strength machines, free weights, and a squat cage. Functional training equipment is also available, including foam rollers, medicine balls, and Thera-Bands for building giant rubber-band balls.
Each of the center's personal trainers and medical exercise specialists boasts a health-related college degree, as well as certifications from the ACSM and other organizations. They teach group exercise to cultivate fitness camaraderie—classes such as belly dance, body sculpt, and cycling are included in basic memberships, and unlimited memberships open up a wide variety of Pilates and yoga sessions on the studio's wooden floors. Instructors also lead classes that focus on meditation, weight management, and nutrition.
To reward bodies after a workout or for not spontaneously combusting, massage therapists infuse Swedish kneading with techniques including shiatsu, deep tissue, and reiki. Staffers replenish stacks of freshly laundered towels so members can wick away sweat or towel off after using the locker rooms' showers, stocked with shampoo and conditioner.