Snap Fitness' all-access key card provides fledgling fitnessers with 24-hour cardio and strength-training benefits. The sparkling, spacious facility is outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment, including an abundance of high-end cardio machines, free weights, and strength-training gizmos. Marble-cut trainers teach a basic eight-workout plan to all members, giving them the tools to exercise on their own to release infomercial-fueled aggression at midnight or pound the treadmill at 5 a.m. to get pumped for a 6 a.m. bare-fisted fruit-juicing session. Even exercisers in conventional time slots will see how Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard.
Jamie Beeson is a walking paradox: a workout expert who loves to eat cookies. The personal trainer and head of Workoutplanz, however, doesn't view her fondness for dessert as a flaw—she believes practical fitness regimens should allow for life's indulgences and interruptions. Therefore, she caters her programs to women of all backgrounds, personally testing out her suggestions before recommending them to others.
Jamie's workout plans range from Weight Loss 101 Plan, which offers beginners guidance on diets and exercise, to the Busy Mom's Workout Plan with grocery lists and at-home fitness routines that accommodate hectic schedules. Though they achieve different aims, most of these plans include a nutritional and workout component, as well as scheduling tools that help keep participants on track. Resources on the Workoutplanz website also supplement training efforts. Clients can watch video tutorials on each exercise, read up on how to monitor their heart-rates, and even download a music playlist for an invigorating treadmill session.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of about 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Calling upon more than 50 years of competitive and training experience, grand master Suk Byung Park develops proper technique in his students while encouraging the growth of character through mental discipline, respect, and self-control. Park's many instructors boast accomplished careers and autographed copies of The Karate Kid, both of which allow them to impart their wisdom upon students of varying ages and skill levels. Classes gather multiple times a week for slightly more than an hour, covering disciplines including tae kwon do, judo, and other styles that teach the importance of only hurting flies when life or pinball high scores are at stake.
Since he started his training back in 1964, Sensei Greg Olson has won numerous awards, earned a sixth-degree black-belt in aikido, and accumulated 50 years of experience as a martial-arts teacher. At Big Sky Aikido, he shares the culmination of these experiences with his students, building strong foundations in concepts and techniques. Students will learn self-defense movements and "receptive" techniques with a foundation in health and wellness.