Paul Scianna surveys his 5,000-square-foot boxing Xanadu, flashing his Hollywood smile at his team of expert trainers and muscle-building students. The professional boxer, who jabbed his way to reality-TV fame on The Next Great Champ with Oscar De La Hoya, puts clients through their paces, whether they’re sparring with him in the gym’s prominently displayed boxing ring, shedding pounds in group sessions, or getting nutrition advice. He schedules more than 30 weekly classes that teach students the fundamentals of boxing and slim profiles with high-cardio exercises. For aspiring pugilists, Paul starts his troupe of boxers young with empowering youth programs that teach kids the discipline and self-defense necessary to evade bullies and only punch their way to the top of the competitive chess circuit.
Elevated Fitness doesn't want anything to stand in the way of its members working out. So the gym offers 24/7 access to its state-of-the art equipment and locker rooms. There are numerous other exercise options, too.
The experienced staff leads group fitness classes, such as cycling, TRX, kettlebell, pole, and Zumba, as well as more unique classes, such as Buti, which combines yoga, plyometrics, and tribal dance. Elevated Fitness also partners with Prescription Fitness to offer personal-training services and ensure nothing interferes with guests' fitness goals by customizing programs to their time frames and budgets.
Regardless of what fitness options they choose, an onsite kids' club staffed by childcare specialists allows parents to work out without having to find a babysitter or use their children as free weights.
A full-body massage chair and onsite tanning beds are a few of the perks that make Dynamic Fitness feel more like a day spa than a typical gym. But it is a gym; people of all shapes and sizes reach their personal fitness goals thanks to the center's workout gear. There are treadmills, ellipticals, and other cardio equipment, plus an assortment of circuit machines and free weights. Staffers keep the gym noticeably clean by scrubbing, mopping, and sanitizing surfaces seven days a week.
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Come with an open mind and be prepared to have fun while gaining a meaningful experience
So much more than just teaching kids self-defense, martial arts develop invaluable real-world skills such as respect, self-discipline, and understanding every reference in The Karate Kid. At ATA Martial Arts, instructors work with kids as young as 4 years old to begin developing the skills and mindset necessary to move through the rainbow of belts.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Each one of our classes is designed to give you variety. No class will ever be the same, so you never know what you're going to have thrown at you.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
People try to take on too much when the go it alone. Our instructors can scale down any program to fit any level of fitness so that you can still move the next day.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
In 2002, after hitting 250 pounds, I decided I needed a change. I started watching my diet and exercising. In 2009, I earned my group fitness instructor certificate. After my first Warrior Dash in 2012, I realized that helping others to accomplish their goals was what I wanted to do with my life.
Equipment: CAP barbells, CAP medicine balls, stability balls, and punching bags
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, and boxing gloves for kickboxing class
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot