At Hayastan-IMB Mixed Martial Arts, expert fighters teach adults and kids to not only fend off potential attackers, but also to evade a less tangible assailant: workout boredom. Rather than training with repetitive treadmill runs, students tone their physiques in combat classes using techniques such as grappling—a mostly ground-based style that blends jujitsu, judo, and wrestling. Kickboxing-and-MMA-fusion courses mix knee and elbow strikes with classic kicks and punches, and multiple levels of fitness boot camp burn fat, bolster endurance, and strengthen and condition bodies.
In addition to conquering triathlons, Regina Gunn has put her athletic prowess to use transforming college-level football, tennis, and soccer athletes into optimum versions of themselves, earning herself a feature in July 2009’s issue of Shape magazine, according to staff. She eventually founded Gunn’s Fitness with Air Force Staff Sergeant Kevin Ardnt to bring her fitness expertise to the public. The duo draws from military conditioning techniques and athlete-level speed and strength-training programs, boiling these complex sciences down into one-hour sessions. They work in a vast facility lined with free weights, dumbbells, state-of-the-art strength machines, and giant exercise balls pilfered from the toy chests of Brobdingnagian toddlers.
It may be difficult to decide who has a better time at Energy Sports & Fitness: parents or kids. Adults not only burn calories with a huge selection of weights, on a full-size racquetball court, or in the circuit-training area, but also catch up on favorite shows in the cardio theater or at more than 100 cardio stations with individual televisions. Youngsters with a Kid Zone membership romp through more than 2,500 feet of supervised play space outfitted with a Wii, jungle gym, basketball court, and homework stations with computers. The area even has a video camera so parents can check in from their treadmills to see if their child is actually a vampire. Families refuel after a workout with fresh smoothies, chicken wraps, and supplements at the Grand Slam Cafe.
The staff—which includes the 2010 NPC Charlotte Cup novice division bodybuilding winner—opens the gym at 5 a.m. on weekdays and teaches group fitness classes ranging from Zumba to yoga. The crew also offers SilverSneakers, a program designed to encourage physical and social activity for older adults or people who have trouble working out in ruby slippers.
Featuring exercises that vary each session, boot-camp classes at Body by Buck prove that there's a difference between a workout and a routine. Founder Buck Buhler isn't fond of routine himself; he spent time as a football player, a wrestler, a personal trainer, and even a firefighter. His boot-camp sessions take advantage of his diverse fitness experience, helping participants of all fitness levels improve their condition through widely varied exercises including agility drills, core strengthening, weight training, and relay.
In a quarter century, one could earn six bachelor degrees. By that metric, Lynn Devaki Ganz is pursuing her seventh BA in teaching yoga and spiritual leadership. The certified yogi offers classes for all levels at her studio, Ananda Yoga & Wellness. Lynn draws on the traditional posture of Hatha, Vinyasa flow, Pranayama, and meditation. Smaller class sizes allows Lynn and her certified instructors to fit them into a coin purse, sure, but it also allows the flexibility to customize the classes to suit the needs of the students, ensuring more advanced students can sink deeper into the postures and that newcomers learn how to inhale in a controlled, practiced manner. Meanwhile, yellow walls, wooden floors, and glowing spheres of light hanging from the ceiling set a relaxing mood in Ananda Yoga & Wellness’s studio.
A women's workout studio, Trophy Wife Fitness welcomes not only married women, but any woman seeking the body-changing results that a commitment to fitness can bring. Dedicated instructors motivate groups during classes such as ChickBoxing, which builds lean muscle with shadowboxing moves and kick combinations, or Hot Seat, a chair-based class in which groups learn to execute seductive body rolls, stretches, and other enticing dance moves.