At Old Skool Fight Sports and Fitness, the coaching team focuses on boxing. In fact, head coach Rob Pilger is a boxer himself?he has won three Golden Gloves championships and fought professionally. Nowadays, though, he and his team helm boxing workouts for all levels. Their boot camps, for instance, focus on skills more than fighting in the ring, with exercises like jump roping, burpees, and footwork drills. They also lead more advanced training sessions for competitive boxers, along with youth boxing workouts and mixed-martial-arts sessions.
Patrick Hitches is a lot of things: a nutrition coach, a personal trainer, an adventure addict, and the owner of Foundation Fitness. But above all, he's a motivator. Patrick has an infectious love for living life the right way, which he shares with his clients during group fitness classes that burn calories and build muscle. He'll never ask anyone to do what he hasn't done already; as he says himself, "I live what I preach."
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations offer cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
In addition to being a trainer, Steven Hartman considers himself a professional motivator. His knack for instilling confidence and determination in others led him to create Dedicated Motivated, where he and his fellow instructors help guests pursue a fitter lifestyle. The facility offers an open gym, weight room, group classes, and personal training, allowing guests to pursue almost any fitness goal. If you'd rather not pummel a punching bag on your own, you might take a boxing class. Or if you're more of a dancer, drop by one of the Zumba sessions. The schedule also includes Dedicated Motivated's signature class, which draws its circuit workouts from both military-style boot camp and mixed martial arts.
For proof that CrossFit 440's classes can make dramatic changes, you just need to glance over the instructor bios. There, you'll find seasoned fitness experts like Ben Parks, who had been a full-time trainer for years before discovering CrossFit in 2009. But you'll also read the story of Jamie Marino, who had never considered herself an athlete when she walked into a class in 2010. Flash forward to today, and she's leading others down their own healthier paths as a certified trainer at CrossFit 440.
Whoever leads the day's session, exercisers arrive at CrossFit 440 to find the same thing: a conditioning program designed to build stronger, faster, and more powerful physiques. The route to that goal travels through several areas, from gymnastics to weightlifting, and students never quite know what to expect thanks to the ever-changing WOD?workout of the day. The instructors also offer a special On-Ramp program for beginners, as well as weightlifting classes that can maximize a person's strength and ability to lift giant strongman trophies over their heads.