Nate Aye's life story is best organized by the form of exercise he was pursuing at any one point. In high school, he wrestled before joining the Marine Corps. After several tours of duty overseas, he came home and took up mixed martial arts. As he trained, he became fascinated by the stories of strong men from the past, who, without the aid of supplements or modern exercise science, performed feats of power that have yet to duplicated. So he studied their techniques and developed a program based upon their training tactics, which he now teaches at Golden Age Strength Club. In his classes, men and women work toward strong, lean bodies and improved athleticism, while actively supporting the community of dedicated exercisers around them.
Practicing his new methodology, Nate made it all the way to the Las Vegas finals for the 2012 American Ninja Warrior Contest. There, he swung from moving curtains, scaled perfectly smooth inverted walls, and broke a DVD of American Ninja in half just by looking at it.
?Routine is the enemy,? say the trainers at CrossFit Alpha Dog, whose students never see the same workout twice. Since the body adjusts to repetitive workouts, the team keeps it guessing by mixing up exercises with unpredictable combinations of organic movements, sprinting, plyometrics, and gymnastics. These workouts are designed to improve functional strength?practical musclepower that head trainer Tommy Moon calls upon during his firefighting career and that students may need when carrying an injured person to safety or a healthy person to a salad bar.
The gym itself reflects this functional approach. Gymnastic rings dangle from webbings of monkey bars, and a wide-open space offers ample room for lunges, sprints, and push-ups.
CrossFit Paradox?s co-founders, Luke and Chris, are both CrossFit-certified trainers with varied athletic backgrounds that include grappling and martial arts. At CrossFit Paradox, they lead students through Workouts of the Day (WODs), which incorporate moves from various fitness platforms including strength training, cardio, gymnastics, and plyometrics. Workouts are performed with high intensity at intervals of varying length, fusing moves such as body weight exercises, weight lifting, kettlebell training, rope climbing, and dips on suspended rings.
3-D/4-D ultrasounds at Stork Snapshots offer a crystal-clear view of a fetus’ face as he or she doggy paddles around in the womb. Mothers-to-be between 24 and 36 weeks pregnant meet with a certified ultrasound technician in a comfortable setting that eschews the cold sterility and derisive clowns of a hospital. The spacious, physician-owned studio accommodates up to four additional guests as stunning images reveal active offspring sucking their thumbs and wiggling their toes. After the session concludes, its memory remains in video form on a DVD, still images on a CD-ROM, and on glossy prints.
Champions Boxing Gym's team of tenacious instructors help clients hone strength, speed, and discipline through a range of boxing and martial arts classes. There are co-ed boxing classes, but some lessons are geared specifically toward women or children. Learn to fight MMA-style in their submission grappling class, or take a more advanced sparring class if you've got a little experience under your belt. Kenpo karate and kickboxing round out the class selection. The spacious gym is filled with speed bags, heavy bags, and bags that are programmed to say "ouch" when you hit them.
Robert Kapustka runs Kaboomska Fitness's boot camps from a sprawling back yard?a setting that would be downright pastoral if not for the tires, sledgehammers, and kettlebells scattered across it. The diverse range of equipment enables full-body, station-to-station workouts that can be modified to suit various fitness goals, from losing weight to demolishing small buildings more efficiently. Kapustka also works with clients one-on-one during personal-training sessions.