At Riviera Fitness Centers of Madison—a women-only fitness haven—patrons tackle Les Mills group fitness classes, strength and cardio equipment, and one-on-one personal training, all designed to make gals feel comfortable as they forge toward their fitness goals. The onsite childcare staff supervises tykes so moms can cartwheel off to classes such as BodyAttack and Zumba. During Zumba classes, the studio transforms into a club-like dance-party atmosphere, accented with colored lights and thumping Latin-inspired beats. The instructors lead the easy-to-follow dance steps on an elevated stage, allowing everyone to see the right moves instead of getting discouraged and reverting to the Hokey Pokey. Boot-camp sessions fuse cardio and resistance training to tone physiques as campers wield exercise equipment including kettlebells, barbells, and bosu balls.
In addition to getting fit during group training, ladies can seek one-on-one fitness advice during personal training sessions, which are tailored to suit their goals. Riviera Fitness Center also offers tanning, bronzing recently toned bodies for the beach or flexing in front of a mirror.
Bolstered by a master’s in exercise physiology and a passion for body-sculpting competitions, Sarah Longshore opened Empire Fitness, a 24-hour gym stocked with modern equipment and amenities including a childcare center. She can often be found on the gym’s floor working out on Cybex leg-curl machines, offering words of encouragement to fellow exercisers, or curing dumbbells’ fear of heights in the weight room. Accompanied by a crew of experienced instructors, she offers group classes that motivate participants to burn fat by stepping on and around a step machine and singing along to an energetic soundtrack pulsing from overhead speakers. Also on the slate of classes are calorie incinerators such as barbell-heaving BodyPump and dance-based Zumba.
Good Life Body Camp helps clients foster fitter frames and healthier lifestyles through invigorating boot-camp classes offered more than 10 times a week. Motivational instructors dispense constructive words of encouragement to help participants of all abilities meet their fitness goals, from toning arms to cultivating washboard abs in the event that their washing machine breaks down.
SportsMed Fitness Center, named one of Tennessee Valley's best gyms by CityVoters, operates 24 hours a day on the ground floor of SportsMed Huntsville Clinic. Members can tone muscles and burn calories with cardio and strength training equipment and group fitness classes such as kickboxing or hatha yoga, or opt for sessions with a personal trainer. New Core Barre classes are fat-burning exercises based on ballet techniques and are designed to increase strength and flexibility and give a lean, ballet-body look. A class schedule is available, and as an added convenience, the gym offers complimentary childcare during select weekday hours.
The coaching staff at D1 Sports Training refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength and cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of their workout history. The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In both the boot-camp and Total Fit programs, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss athletic progress and find ways to improve further. Each facility also houses a sports therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises. Many professional athletes implicitly endorse D1’s program by staking their claim in some of the company’s indoor exercise complexes; Peyton Manning, MLB athlete Chipper Jones, and quarterback Philip Rivers count themselves among facility co-owners.
Whether exercisers want to lose weight, stay in shape, or freshen up their workout routines, CPR- and first aid–certified trainer Thomas Rowe calls upon his experience as a US Navy veteran to will them toward their fitness goals. Rowe and his Tomi Boot LLC team lead exhilarating boot-camp classes that shrink waistlines, increase speed and strength, and challenge participants to push their physical limits. After the intense workouts, Rowe relishes the moment when his fitness protégés first notice positive results, such as stronger endurance and inch loss.