Since the age of 6, Fernando Rodriguez knew that fitness and athletics would play a big role in his life. While most kids his age were busy at play, Fernando was swimming four hours each day and eagerly counting the hours until his next meet. His hard work paid off, earning him a spot on the Mexican Olympic swim team and instilling him with a passion for fitness that would continue into his adult life.
Today, Fernando draws from his years of athletic and coaching experience to guide others toward their fitness goals in his own private training studio, The Underground Lab. Alongside his staff of fellow certified trainers and fitness aficionados, Fernando leads group workouts that combine traditional exercises with imaginative and innovative techniques. The team also conducts personal-training sessions, employing a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment, and designs a unique 19-day nutrition program to help clients lose weight rapidly in preparation for special events, such as a wedding or an outing in a flimsy rowboat.
HealthRidge Fitness Center is all about options. From more than 80 weekly group exercise classes to sprawling facilities that include a 1/8-mile indoor track, racquetball courts, and cardio machines with personal TVs, both beginning and advanced exercisers can find an activity that moves at their preferred pace. Guests get pumped up in boot-camp sessions taught by instructors who have been certified in a military-instructor training course led by Army National Guard master fitness trainer and staff sergeant Ken Weichert. To calm the mind, a yoga or Pilates class reduces stress while strengthening core muscles. The center also features a workout area and classes designed specifically for kids.
In warm weather, an outdoor pool decorated with a natural-looking rock formation invites swimmers to splash about a tranquil waterfall. Exercisers can unwind after a workout with a pedicure, a massage, or a facial at the Spa at HealthRidge, which has been named one of America?s Top 100 Spas by SpAwards. The caf? and lounge area offers nutritious meals and a cozy fireplace that is ideal for soothing achy muscles or burning cheat-day pages torn from food journals.
The Shop’s dynamic group workouts emphasize mobility and body control, whipping lethargic muscles into shape without the crowded mechanical mishmash of big gyms. Small groups of 4–12 range in age and abilities but unite under a common flag of functional fitness, employing a slew of sandbags, free weights, and other forms of forceful resistance to usurp despotic fat cells. All classes are led by certified CrossFit trainers, whose battle-tested ethos shines through in a swiftly alternating, circuit-style workout format that shuns routine for a diverse range of movements including lifting, sprinting, jumping, dragging, throwing, and scuttling. These high-speed workouts are designed to accommodate military personnel, police officers, and firefighters who often work under stress and fatigue, emboldening participants to bulldoze mental blockades and drink from untapped sources of personal endurance.
Personal trainer Jamie Neal didn't like the stuffy, crowded atmosphere of larger gyms. So she began seeing her clients in their homes or at the community center, allowing them to bring their own motivational music and avoid mobbed treadmills. She hosts one-on-one and group workouts as well as boot-camp programs, some of which include nutrition plans, shopping lists, and regular evaluations of each student's progress.
Brickhouse Cardio Club is a rapidly expanding chain of women-centered fitness facilities, each with a welcoming atmosphere of comfort and support. Brickhouse shakes up the standard exercise experience with fun workouts that torch calories and send stress packing. Instructors make a personal investment in students, reviewing their health histories and setting reachable fitness goals in one-on-one sessions.
Classes run like clockwork and the floors are specially designed to be easy on the joints. Most important, the sound system rocks, adding extra energy to an array of dance-oriented classes. In addition to Zumba, Brickhouse offers unique exercise hybrids such as PiYo (Pilates and yoga), Piloxing (Pilates and boxing), and R.I.P.P.E.D. (Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, Diet).
The crew at G.R.I.T.T. Fitness LLC welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life to come train at its gym. The weight room crosses fitness disciplines to provide clients with a diverse array of equipment including kettlebells, medicine balls, resistance bands, free weights, a squat rack, and a dead-lift rack. Adjacent to the weight room, a yoga room welcomes multiple modalities of yoga and tai chi. G.R.I.T.T.’s trainers specialize in personal and group training, and each program includes a custom-tailored workout routine designed around each client’s unique goals and current health.