David Kadzielewski spent 15 years as a trainer and a manager in several big gyms. Over and over, he saw a pattern repeat itself: the gyms would become impersonal, customers would tire of mass mailings, and individual attention would be replaced with a one-size-fits-all approach to fitness. So David set out to do something different: he founded Latitude 47 Fitness , whose comparatively smaller size and higher levels of personal attention help programs stay client-focused. The fitness side of Xhale features equipment, such as cardio machines and treadmills that can be bench-pressed, along with classes and personal training. Wellness experts also offer nutritional guidance. Spa treatments include massage and saunas. While parents work out or get a tan, kids can roam free in a supervised play area.
A certified CrossFit trainer, Drew Barquist eschews the typical gym workout in favor of a variety of intense exercises. This approach prepares his trainees to expect the unexpected and come to appreciate the well-rounded workout. As a competitive athlete, Barquist has seen the effects of this training regimen on his own weightlifting endeavors. He's also watched his clients overcome mobility problems and chronic pain. Rather than work out of a gym, he brings his training sessions to clients' homes to they can avoid making excuses such as "I don't have time" and "someone glued all my doors shut."
Throughout the week, sneakers pound upon triple-bonded foam as students undergo high-intensity routines combining cardio, resistance-training, core-training, and flexibility exercises at Seattle Boot Camp, where trainers work to motivate others in their journeys toward improved fitness and well-being. Their approach focuses on meals made up of lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, eschewing excessive sugar, salt, and bacon-wrapped donuts deep-fried in bacon-wrapped-donut fat.
Edmonds CrossFit's team of certified coaches helps exercisers work toward improvement across a spectrum of ten fitness domains that includes endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. To that end, a different lineup of exercises awaits with every visit to the gym, each designed to breed a high level of General Physical Preparedness, or GPP—the same thing firefighters strive for when they practice hoisting heavy hoses and rescuing dumbbells out of trees. Class-goers might perform gymnastics stretches, pump out a set of pushups, and then complete some laps of walking lunges before hoisting a barbell over their heads one day, and then perform an entirely new set of exercises the next. For committed participants, the result can be a significant jump in overall fitness and increased ability to handle the physical demands of a long, active life.
At SNAP Fitness 24/7's network of gyms, members can work out in the morning, the evening—or even at 4 a.m. Per the gym's name, it's always open, and stocked with top-of-the-line cardio and strength-training equipment. Its team also hosts yoga classes, Zumba dance parties, and Pilates sessions that can help build long, lean muscle. Online workout plans and meal plans complement the brick-and-mortar facilities, providing clients with customizable guidelines for how to live a healthy life.
CKO Kickboxing's Joseph Andreula opened up his first gym in Hoboken, New Jersey, back in 1997. In that humble location, the fitness guru helped his clients shed their spare pounds and ratchet up their self-esteem with intense kickboxing workouts. Once word got out that Joseph's program of punching and kicking heavy bags got you more ripped than stay-at-home programs of punching and kicking ghosts, the gym caught on. CKO Kickboxing locations began to pop up throughout the country, where the newly expanded company's commitment to delivering heart-pumping workouts even earned a mention on NBC's Today.