The trainers at Pure Workout have stripped away the glamour of giant, impersonal gyms. They usher guests into a no-excuses zone where simple weights and calisthenics reign supreme, leading their classes with a potent mix of fitness expertise and tough love. Their routines vary, but each boot-camp session sparks friendly competition between attendees as they flip tires, heft weights, and sprint up hills. With no regard for noncommittal members who sneak helium into their kettlebells, the staff prizes Pure Workout's exclusive atmosphere—a quality that earned the gym a feature on NBC 5 and the title of CityVoter's Best Boot Camp in 2012.
Jess Thomas, the mastermind behind the military-style boot camps at Bootcamp with Jess, draws inspiration from his US Army and law enforcement careers, striving to shock patrons into making life-changing decisions about their health with his high-intensity "no pain, no gain" fitness philosophy. Bootcamp with Jess’s five locations resound with emphatic and loud positive encouragement given by Jess's troupe of fatigues-sporting instructors.
The boot camps commence with a five-day “hell week,” in which guests strap on 30-pound vests and perform weight-training, agility, and endurance exercises. Throughout their physical trials, patrons learn about the body's muscle groups and how to wrestle the exercise machines into submission long enough to complete a workout. At the end of "hell week," students honor their hard work during a graduation ceremony, where they shed their weighted vests and have their measurements taken to mark their starting statistics before embarking on their five-week fitness journey. Boot camps are complemented by sports massages and nutritional guidance, ensuring that all parts of the body are taken care of and patrons take a well-rounded approach to their wellness.
The trainers at CrossFit Aether have a unique understanding of their clients’ struggles to get in shape, because only a few years ago, they were in the same spot. Seeking to improve their lives through fitness, they rallied around owner Matt Van Dyke to mold a method of exercise that allows individuals’ inherent strength to bubble to the surface. Rooted in four fundamental elements—motivation, nutrition, action, and renewal—the CrossFit regime consists of varied daily workouts that incorporate functional movements such as burpees and sprints. This unique blend of weightlifting and gymnastic maneuvers readies athletes for more advanced classes, personal training, or running with the bulls while honing overall fitness.
After turning in his marine uniform and becoming a full-time student, Tom often found that he didn't have time to exercise and cook nutritious meals. It was only after enlisting the aid of a fitness trainer that he was able to transform his eating habits and exercise his way back to sculpted muscles and chiseled abs. Today, Tom draws from his own fitness experiences and guides others at a his own training center—Trainer Zone Fitness. Within his professional studio, Tom conducts both small-group and personal-training sessions for fitness seekers of all abilities. He designs workouts to be creative and challenging, combining traditional weight, body-weight resistance, interval, cardio, and flexibility exercises into dynamic routines.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Because Snap offers 24-hour access, you don't have to let The Man tell you when you can avail yourself of the gym's top-of-the-line Matrix-brand cardio and strength equipment. Arrive at Snap super late and pretend you're working out in an Edward Hopper painting, or pound the treadmill at four in the morning and get pumped to host a morning shock-jock radio show. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard.