With a lineage that traces back more than 30 years to its founders' respective schools, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Tiger Rock's primary focus is tae kwon do, through which certified trainers teach youngsters the skills to defend themselves, as well as confidence and discipline. Adults can learn tae kwon do as well or encounter martial-arts moves in a calorie-torching aerobic workout. Tiger Rock also partners with sports teams to bolster their training or with corporations to get their employees up, moving, and healthy.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds are spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At Her Moves Dance Fitness Studio, exercisers of all shapes and sizes feel empowered as they break a sweat during a variety of fitness classes that turn up the heat with flirtatious dance moves. As energetic music thumps and colorful lights set the studio aglow, encouraging instructors show participants how to use their own body weight to torch calories in such classes as Booty Pop, Chair Tease, Intro Pole, and Strip Tease 101.
At Warehouse Performance, the CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches push exercisers through CrossFit's workout of the day. Designed to confuse muscles and keep exercisers engaged, the daily workouts typically consist of pushups, pull-ups, squats, and other functional movements. The team complements the workouts with serious athletic training—think agility drills, Olympic lifts, timed sprints, and anything else Michael Jordan used to prepare for Space Jam.
Resolution Fitness's certified group trainers help reconfigure overstuffed couches into perfectly proportioned loveseats with expertly crafted workout routines focusing on toning muscles and empowering cores. Each personal-training session is customized to meet individual needs, whether the goal is to lose weight, muscle up, or become your household’s top shrub wrestler. Or, to get a burst of communal motivation, group-fitness fanciers can opt for the two-week boot-camp training, which meets three days a week for one-hour sessions. Build up endurance, flexibility, and muscles as you amplify self-confidence to roof-raising levels.
Most gym’s membership fees resemble a club’s cover charge; they get a person in the door but don’t come with any special attention. BodyTrac Health & Fitness’s trainers alter that traditional structure, providing three small, group personal-training sessions a week for every member. They take on one to four students at a time, focusing on the five areas of fitness as outlined by the College of Sports Medicine: body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. They fuse together the quintet of exercise areas in one-hour appointments, spending the first 30 minutes on cardio heart-rate training. Their efforts to elevate your pulse encourage muscles to burn extra calories as trainers move you on to 30 minutes of strength training. In this second portion, they use equipment from all over the gym, including TRX suspension harnesses, kettlebells, and medicine balls, which must be swallowed with a silo-sized glass of water.