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 14 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.
Body-Weight USA trainers Dave Norberry and Piper Lee empower students to sweat, train, and dance their way to health with intense, focused strength training and exhilarating cardio workouts. Each class revolves around the principles of Definition 30, a fitness ethic that fuses the custom individual goals of personal training with the support and encouragement of like-minded classmates. Piper's Zumba courses aim to burn excess calories with fun, Latin-inspired dances, and Dave employs his background in training Special Forces soldiers and gold medalists to tailor custom resistance and flexibility routines for his clients.
Staffers describe Life Transformation Fitness as "an exclusive fitness facility with the amenities of a large facility. When members swipe their key fobs to enter the 24-hour gym, or wrap up a workout with smoothie or sauna session, they'll begin to see why. The facility is designed to be a flexible space that makes working out easy. Amenities range from the small details, like the personal TVs stationed at every cardio machine, to the Kids Club, which keeps littler visitors occupied instead of being confused for dumbbells. During personal training sessions, participants receive iPad-friendly guidance with help from the facility's Activtrax progress-tracking system. But perhaps the gym's most prized facility is its spacious interior itself. Airy and brimming with top-notch equipment, the space makes it easy for clients to curate their own routines and exceed fitness goals.
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.
St. Louis Fitness Results Boot Camp for Women busts up gym monotony and promotes healthy lifestyles with outdoor sessions of body-trimming cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises. Each four-week camp begins with an initial fitness assessment, in which instructors take before photos and body measurements, appraising general fitness levels and offering opportunities to voice concerns or hummed renditions of Beethoven's Fifth. Then, hard-bodied fitness friends employ progressive programming over 12 one-hour sessions to ensure every participant is safely challenged no matter what her starting level of muscle mojo.