After retiring from professional boxing with a 44–9–1 record, two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champ John “The Quietman” Ruiz opened Quietman Sports Gym to guide aspiring fighters toward greatness. Located inside Gold’s Gym, Quietman offers classes in boxing, MMA, jiu jitsu, and muay thai taught by Ruiz, his brother, and their experienced staff.
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 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.
Target Portrait Studios are operated by professional photographers who aim to help you capture special moments. Target's studios can be decorated for most any type of shoot, whether you're celebrating a mom-to-be, a graduation, or an upcoming holiday. Subjects also have the opportunity to choose their own backdrops or props, and they can even bring in their favorite toy or invisible friend. The customization doesn't end with the shoot, though?digital files can be personalized with borders, designs, and quotes and then printed in a variety of sizes.
The trainers at Nu Shape Personal Training help women meet their fitness goals through Zumba dance-fitness sessions, group boot camps, and in-home personal training. Whether clients undertake group classes or one-on-one training, the programs are designed to bring structure and purpose to workouts.
At Moe Wen Fencing Club, visitors are introduced to the exhilarating Olympic sport of fencing with the aid of nine fencing coaches. The feedback in this sport is immediate as each hit or "touch" on the opponent or sparring partner is registered electronically with accompanying light and sound. Each coach specializes in training students of different skill levels, and their training programs?which include lessons, summer camps, and competitive training?are designed to tackle different goals, whether it be moving your body and having fun or learning to salute with a flourish not seen since the production of For Those About to Flourish, We Salute You. And the variety extends to their weapons of choice as well, as they lead classes in dueling with an epee, foil, and saber. To help students hone their strength and reflexes for class, they've stocked the 5,500-square-foot studio with a rowing machine, exercise bike, ping-pong table, and treadmill.
MG Fitness’ instructors summon sweat during fun group workouts while solo students try out more than 75 pieces of exercise equipment at two convenient studio locations. Workers-out looking to go it alone can bask in the glow of personal TV screens on Precor treadmills or opt for elliptical machines to help arms and legs build strength by repeatedly tracing low-impact ovals and hand turkeys. Men and women alike can tone up, using the sprawling selection of dumbbells and plate-loaded machines by Icarian and Hammer Strength to press, curl, and ripple. Fitness seekers in need of butt-busting camaraderie can drop in on classes that range from calorie-torching step aerobics to limbering power-yoga sessions, where students melt stress with stretches, poses, and deep-breathing exercises. To push clients toward fitness goals, certified personal trainers employ one-on-one coaching, exercise instruction, and the motivating growls of monster trucks.