Building useful, practical strength is what students work toward when they step into City Athletic Club. The gym's team of coaches lead classes that emphasize strengthening "primal" movement patterns—movements humans perform every day, such lifting a bag of groceries, or placing a heavy box on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's head.
In the name of building functional strength, the team has filled nearly every inch of City Athletic Club's 48,000 square feet with something to lift, toss, tackle, punch, or swing on. When not hefting kettle-bells or swinging sledge hammers, students can step into the MMA training cage or stroke laps down the 25-meter swimming pool. Afterward, saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms await to ease sore muscles or draw out toxins.