Tell the members of HKPK Las Vegas that it’s impossible to fly and they’ll prove you wrong. With 20,000 square feet of obstacles, a 16-foot ledge overlooking trampolines, and aerial silks that span the height of the immense facility, HKPK Las Vegas facilitates human flight. Its specialty is parkour, a style of movement that lets students traverse obstacles by running, flipping, and scaling barriers to find the most efficient route from point A to point B. To put extra spring in their steps, students can strap on velocity jumping stilts, or perform stunts on the professional spring floors.
After a lifetime of martial arts, rock climbing, snowboarding, and biking, Jake Soteros discovered one system that prepares him for all kinds of intense activities. That’s CrossFit’s system of varied functional-movement exercises designed to enhance performance in every kind of physical enterprise, from scaling a boulder to carrying a bag of dog food. So, he opened Free Style CrossFit to teach others the effective method that also promotes healthy diets and lifestyles. He also appreciates CrossFit for its scalability, easing the uninitiated into the system with a seven-session intro program before unleashing them into the high-intensity routine of ever-changing daily workouts.
At Real Results Fitness, the end goal is health and strength. To work towards that, though, trainers keep in mind every patron's abilities. Students work in groups with others of the same skill and fitness level and keep instructors appraised of any limitations or previous injuries. Those instructors include a skilled trainer and a 20-year veteran of the industry.
They'll put to use the gym's equipment, which ranges from tires and heavy bags to stationary bikes and weight machines. Almost as important as all that gear is a range of meal plans and supplements, which can help with health goals even away from the gym and let patrons recover from classes. Those classes might include circuit training, which keeps all muscles working with ever-changing routines, or stretching sessions, which can help build flexibility and prevent strains.
Julie Johnston founded Boot Camp Las Vegas in 2005, when—after unsuccessfully trying to lose 60 pounds through a battery of exercise techniques—she considered enlisting in the military solely for the physical challenge and camaraderie. Upon reconsideration, she decided to reclaim some turf from the lazy birds in nearby parks and stage her own workouts to build the physical and mental toughness she knew she was capable of developing. Today, a team of instructors—all certified personal trainers who have completed 64 days of boot-camp training—preaches Johnston's program to exercisers of all fitness levels. To help monitor and maximize workouts, they stage weigh-ins, take measurements, perform physical-fitness tests, and dish out a nutrition packet to shed light on healthy eating.
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It might come as no surprise that a professional bodybuilder-turned-personal-trainer would name his fitness venture More Pain Please, but Michael Harris doesn't just mean physical pain. He believes that a truly effective fitness regimen addresses the mind as well as the body. To achieve this, he custom molds fitness regimens to an array of body types and lifestyles, always keeping the client's fitness goals in mind. He implements these plans inside the Las Vegas Athletic Club's modern facilities—but if clients prefer a more natural environment, he can also schedule sessions amid the greenery of local parks. Michael Harris is also certified in First Aid and CPR, ensuring he can get clients safely through their workouts.
A distinguished citizen of the golf world as both a competitor and coach, PGA Pro Mike Davis draws from his decorated career to help fellow golfers on their path to straighter drives and lower scores. A full-time contender in the PGA Tour during the mid-1970s, Mike’s playing career included appearances in three US Opens and one PGA Championship, where the world’s finest golfers compete for trophy jackets made of the finest divots.
After his time as a competitive golfer, Mike made sizeable contributions to the coaching world by publishing instructional articles in numerous publications—including Golf Magazine—and conducting groundbreaking research about the use of video analysis in golf instruction. Today, the passionate pedagogue roams the training ground at Royal Links Golf Club, smoothing out swing imbalances with the help of technological refinements such as V1 video analysis technology, TOMI putting-analysis software, and cybernetic caddies sent from the future to destroy underperforming irons.