Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
A veteran of more than 200 amateur, semi-pro, and professional fights, Endgame Combat Sports Academy's Eddy Rolon knows how to handle himself in the ring, cage, and on the mat. Eddy sets the tone at the academy, where he and other accomplished instructors teach a full schedule of grappling, MMA, and striking classes. Their training facility, located inside Gold's Gym, provides plenty of space for students to learn new moves and stare down mouthy punching bags.
In CKO Kickboxing’s action-packed classes, students wail away at heavy, hanging punching bags, working out stress while building muscles with every punch and kick. Because the bags are so heavy, they add significant resistance into the workout, toning up muscles more effectively than punching slabs of beef and then eating the evidence. During the 60-minute classes, students rotate between cardio and strength training, bolstering heart-rates and targeting arms, legs, and cores.
Despite its name, Sooth Away Your Aches isn’t content with simply relaxing tension- and stress-laden muscles. Instead, the therapists treat the underlying causes behind those aches by utilizing specialized modalities that aim to boost circulation, improve postures, or even relieve arthritic inflammation. Add-ons can complement these therapeutic effects while still managing to pamper clients, incorporating products such as hot stones or therapy creams, which feature ingredients such as eucalyptus and peppermint extracts, cocoa butter, and aloe vera. Beyond massage, Sooth Away Your Aches also hosts personal-training sessions that teach clients how to develop a customized workout regimen and hurl a medicine ball into Earth’s orbit.