Frustrated with traditional workout regimens that led to injury and strain, Michael Skogg learned about kettlebell exercises while stationed in Scotland with the United States Armed Forces. The system he encountered used cast-iron, cannonball-like weights with handles to facilitate a wide range of exercises and provide a low-impact, heavily aerobic workout for the entire body. Michael decided to expand upon this regimen when he returned home, relying on his extensive education in sports injury rehabilitation, personal training, and corrective exercise as he devised a system that would help individuals achieve fitness goals.
At Skogg Gym, Michael stocks the facility with kettlebells that weigh between 9 and 106 pounds and leads classes that consist of sequences of swinging and pressing movements. Over time, these high-intensity movements can help attendees improve their strength and endurance, as well as their balance, flexibility, and ability to throw a watermelon into low orbit.
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.
Trainer Kavan Woodcock knows that a new mom trying to regain her figure shouldn’t follow the same exercise regimen as a football player looking to boost his power. So, at Underground Strength and Conditioning, they turn their clients’ specific goals into personalized workout and nutrition plans that utilize targeted exercises. Additionally, for clients with more general fitness goals such as improved strength and sustainable calorie burning, they offer metabolic-conditioning classes centered around strong man-style workouts that incorporate tires, sledgehammers, and ropes.
Throughout all their training and group classes, Underground’s staff focuses on efficient workouts that value safety and proper instruction above all else. This is to ensure that clients stay safe while they improve their overall fitness, gain confidence, and build supportive relationships with fellow exercisers and empathetic kettlebells.
Express Fitness and Training founder Trevor Trebbien and his team, which includes a fitness model, a ex marine, and a mompreneur, pack plenty of power into their 4,000-square-foot space. Kettlebells and strength equipment are incorporated into constantly changing boot camp classes that bolster muscles and cardiovascular health, and these workouts in turn can be incorporated into weight-loss and sport-specific athlete-performance programs.
Shauna's Crash Fitness is a 1,875-square-foot studio that functions as a dance floor during classes. Adding to the feel of the space, disco balls and colorful lights create a fun environment to help get students moving and burning hundreds of calories while dancing to upbeat Latin music. Instructors stand on a raised stage, going through the motions until students get the hang of easy-to-follow cardio dance moves.
Equipment: Precor, Rogue Fitness, Hampton Fitness
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Enjoy your workout and a tasty Kill Cliff recovery drink.