Though now spread over the United States with 27 locations, Crunch gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment, not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch gyms' fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
Bikram Yoga Claremont owner Joe Fuch first experienced yoga in 1975. After a winding career path that took him through multiple masters programs, a job as a library director, and a toxic work environment, he eventually found that [Bikram yoga] http://www.bikramyogaclaremont.com/theyoga.html) was the activity that brought him the most peace of mind and mental nourishment. Now as the owner of a yoga studio, he and his team of talented instructors guide others through the 26 poses that make up the Bikram style of yoga. Performed in a heated studio, Bikram is known for its ability to help detoxify the body, work deeper muscles, and help people determine if there is really a prince inside their snowman. And to accommodate their hardworking students, the studio has shower-equipped restrooms for rinsing off sweaty bodies.
Champion-level weightlifter and Fitness Results founder Lance McCullough hosts small group team training classes and personal training sessions at his multiunit facility. Guests will work out with a certified personal trainer using state of the art equipment. Standout staffers include former University of Kansas football player Rodney Harris who applies his NCAA-honed expertise during fat-burning boot camps, and NSCA Certified Personal Trainer Kevin Guardado.
Football, track, kenpo karate, rugby, bodybuilding, and cycling all hold a spot on the résumé of Jack Simpson, Body Dynamics II’s owner. He’s held his current title for more than three decades, and backed by a personal-trainer certification, he works toward weight loss and athletic excellence with his clients. Or if they’d rather workout in a group setting, clients can attend boot-camp classes that promise the same fat-busting brand of exercise.
Founded by instructor and former street performer Maria Bernhard, Pilates Studio M hones torsos and limbs with Pilates mat and circus-inspired aerial silk classes. Open to all ages, Pilates ($70 for five classes) helps students focus and breeds full-body discipline, as the deft articulation of extremities makes doing the robot more attainable. The core-focused one-hour sessions have been helpful in treating everyone from scoliosis patients to those in post-surgery rehab. Although long practiced by certain worms, humans only recently caught on to the health benefits of dangling from silk. Two-hour aerial classes ($40 each), taught by professional suspenders, let participants increase muscle tone and flexibility while bearing their own weight as they hang from silk bands.