Extreme Fitness Boot Camp guides clients toward trimmer frames with a medley of ACE-certified programming and nutritional guidance. The fitness gurus' personalized approach to all-around health begins with assessments, which isolate muscular imbalances and help trainees plot weight-loss goals. Boot-camp and personal-training sessions then lead trainees through plyometrics, core, and bodyweight exercises, plus special guest appearances by hip-hop- and Zumba-inspired steps. At home, clients further fitness excellence by leveraging recorded measurements, supplemental routines, and dietary tips on how to eat well instead of eating tire irons.
Equipment: Custom-made gymnastics equipment and mats for kids 6 weeks to 13 years
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come ready to have fun. Children will be barefoot and parents will wear socks.
My Gym, which currently has more than 300 international locations, began more than 25 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 weeks?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
After training for weeks, runners take their positions at the starting line, wait for the signal, and adjust the regulation sombreros attached to the tops of their helmets. Upon hearing the starting gun, they all bolt forward?only to tumble into a pit that puts them neck deep in oozy, disgusting, glorious mud.
Participants in the American Mud Race replicate this scene as they take on a 3- to 4-mile mud-filled obstacle course, all in the effort to benefit wounded veterans through the Home at Last Project by West Orange Habitat for Humanity. Afterward, racers bring home their mud-caked clothing and costumes to take revenge against their bathtubs, or they can replace them at the race site with a free T-shirt. Food and drink wristbands entitle their wearers to barbecue lunches and beer at the after party, where live music and DJs provide a soundtrack for dancing.
Even though Xtreme Fitness Boot Camp hosts group fitness classes, that doesn't stop the trainers from offering individualized guidance and attention whenever possible. Students of all fitness levels can pursue their personal goals within a supportive environment where trainers and fellow students alike provide encouragement and motivation. Regardless of whether attendees are focused on losing weight, building muscle, or simply living a healthier lifestyle, the high-intensity classes can cater to their needs.
Each boot camp combines cardio work with strength-training exercises to create a full-body workout. Students may find themselves doing pull ups, running in place, jump roping, boxing, and throwing medicine balls into low orbit depending on the trainers' plan. In addition to leading these workouts, Xtreme Fitness Boot Camp's staff can also help people get into better shape by providing personalized nutritional consultations.
When the instructors at JB Studios Dance and Fitness turn up the music, their welcoming space transforms into a full-on party. Black lights wash students in a cosmic glow as they twist, turn, and sweat to contemporary and Latin beats, taking their cues from the clearly visible instructor on the elevated platform.
This energetic scene is inspired by the studio’s head instructor, Jhon Benavides. Drawing on more than 20 years of Latin dance experience, he stirs Latin-flavored moves from salsa, samba, and merengue into rigorous Zumba fitness classes. Each hour-long Zumba session can burn up to 1,000 calories—twice as much as one hour spent saying “Zumba” over and over again. Jhon’s team of certified dance and fitness teachers also share their expertise during boot camps, kickboxing sessions, belly dance lessons, and power yoga classes.
Both the brains and brawn behind Better Every Day Performance Institute, Trevor Anderson?Coach TA to his members?has spent almost 15 years helping athletes develop speed, stamina, strength, balance, and agility. But you don't have to be a professional athlete to benefit from Coach TA's knowledge of emerging fitness science and trends. The center's functional training programs are scalable to fit the needs of clients of all ages and fitness levels. Coach TA can incorporate equipment such as TRX suspension systems, medicine balls, kettel bells, and other functional training modalities into his group classes and personal-training sessions, but has also been known to draw upon principles of trigger point therapy and myofascial compression in his quest to help students develop physical and mental fortitude.