At Rox Extreme Fitness, exercisers are part of the family. Fortunately, this family bonds through hauling mammoth truck tires and works out frustrations with speedy jump rope reps. This unorthodox approach to fitness--you won't find cushy locker rooms or flashy stair machines here--incorporates brawny gear including sledgehammers, bricks, and chains. It also pays serious dividends. The gym's six instructors see to that. Adhering to goal of 1% improvement from one session to the next, they help students buff up gradually no matter their fitness level or goals.
Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions.
At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 12 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
At Extreme Fitness, an accomplished staff of certified instructors, passionate athletes, and a former semipro football player help clients of all skill levels achieve the pinnacle of health with hard-hitting workouts, as well as healthful yoga and supportive personal training. The well-equipped fitness dojo focuses on keeping exercises both intense and interesting with fast-paced activities that challenge students to put their bodies to the test as they engage in feats ranging from hauling weights to flipping tractor tires or throwing supervillains into the sun. Instructors give pupils the emotional support needed to reach personal fitness goals as they guide groups and one-on-one sessions with both respect and an infectious intensity that inspires trainees to achieve their greatest.
An expert motivator and personal trainer, Robyne leads small groups through rigorous boot-camp-style classes offered 40 times a week. She mixes up each workout to keep students engaged, utilizing boxing techniques, resistance training, or calisthenics. Her classes are both outdoor and indoor and members can also take Sunset Yoga classes every week.
Freight House Fitness was once filled with syrup. Before kettle bells and squat racks were moved in, the century-old building was occupied by the Bliss Syrup company. Located in the West Bottoms, it has a very rustic appearance?which Freight House founders Sean and Kendra decided to keep in tact and build around. Though you won't find a brown bear reading a newspaper on the porch, the facility achieves a cozy, almost cabin-like vibe thanks to exposed rafters, weathered wood beams, and a wood floor.
Head instructors Sean and Kendra team up to offer group and personal training sessions, as well as calorie-crushing boot camp classes. The duo fuses its knowledge with a wide assortment of equipment, including punching bags, a strength sled, and even sand bags.
For Fast Fitness Boot Camp’s Chad Skinner, exercise should feel more like play than work, even during intense physical challenges. Filled with obstacle courses, tug-of-war bouts, and games of catch, his 30-minute boot camps summon the fun of grade-school playgrounds even as they push exercisers toward goals and away from lost weekends with the Cookie Monster. Each session pairs cardio activities such as running and hiking with strength-training drills to melt calories and sculpt muscles. In between solo challenges such as pushups, squats, and jumping jacks, participants build friendships during partner activities that foster teamwork and boost energy levels. Personal-training sessions put exercisers up close and personal with Skinner, who coaches them through custom workouts while dispensing exercise tips, nutrition advice, and an abundance of motivation.