Wailing away on person-sized punching bags, glove-wearing kick-boxers sweat and focus. Instructors weave between this forest of flying fists and furrowed brows, guiding boxers with technical feedback and a creative take onsport. Kickboxing in a group setting, say trainers, "encourages participants to push themselves by working harder." The result of this hard work is toned muscles, increased confidence, and a background in self-defense, along with pet punching bag that follows its exerciser home.
"You chart your fitness course. We'll be the compass." That's how the team at Fit X think of their roles in clients' fitness journeys. Group classes abound, manned by teachers who guide Pilates and Zumba workouts. But with an arsenal of exercise equipment available to them, Fit X gymgoers are just as likely to devise their own workout regimens. Whether enjoying a supportive group environment or jogging on a treadmill in blissful solitude, clients retain control over their own experiences.
Even when she was swamped with a private psychotherapy practice and raising three kids, Bernadette Silva always found time for exercise. For the past 10 years, the certified personal trainer has studied boxing, yoga, and Pilates, ultimately developing her own workout style that fuses the aforementioned techniques with sports drills. In 2008, Silva and a group of local women spearheaded Neighborhood Workouts—the fitness program that would become Real Body Bootcamp.
Today, Silva and her team of certified personal trainers captain a gaggle of fitness classes throughout the week. Their signature boot camp fuses sports drills with high-intensity routines of cardio, strength training, yoga, and Pilates to offload calories, bolster cores, and build more endurance. The class list also includes Zumba and Piloxing fitness classes as well as kids' fitness classes, during which youngsters build self-confidence and the strength to finally confront the lunch ladies who take their money every day.
Nearly every kind of person has found success at 2XR Boot Camp Cross Fitness—from college students looking for some structure as they strike out on their own to adults who've lost upward of 100 pounds. During these indoor boot-camp sessions, clients avoid the boredom that often causes people to abandon exercise programs, because each session incorporates an ever-changing routine of cardio and resistance training. People of all fitness levels benefit from the boot-camp program, since the exercises are easily tailored to both beginners and more advanced athletes. During a boot-camp session, participants maximize fat-burning results with quick spurts of sprinting intermixed with walking and jogging on the treadmill—known as high-intensity interval training—along with suspension work designed to engage the core, and a variety of weight-training exercises. Campers might try out everything from whipping heavy battle ropes up and down to getting on the floor for pushups, burpees, and rounds of playing dead.
The staff members at SpaLady not only make it comfortable for women to work out, but they also make it easy. They lead group-fitness classes—including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and Cardio Tone—seven days a week, and the staff offers free daycare services. Patrons also have the option to work out in the gym's expansive cardio and weight rooms.
The team at Kids Fitness World works to make exercise a fun activity rather than a chore, offering invigorating programs that help children to appreciate the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Colorful gymnastics equipment can be found throughout the gym, along with hydraulic circuit equipment to increase lean muscle and an interactive video arcade that turns aerobic workouts into exciting games.
Kids Fitness World also hosts a rock-climbing wall that challenges climbers' muscle control while improving their balance and helping them prep for the rock-climbing portion of college entrance exams. Parents may also inquire about adult classes in kickboxing, Zumba, Bodysculpt, capoeira, and yoga.