Situated on 7,082 lush yards of undulating hills bordered by mountainous vistas, the par 72 course at Mountain Falls Golf Club entertains golfers of all levels with challenging shots in a serene setting. Limber up a stiff swing with a bucket of 35 practice balls on the course's all-grass driving range, which features a chipping and putting area designed to improve short game and acclimate players to the cheerful chirps of their clubs. Commandeering a one-cart motorcade across the bent-grass fairways, golfers engage 18 holes, each equipped with four sets of tees to accommodate different backgrounds and handicaps (up to a $65 value). Bunkers and water hazards pepper the greens, providing formidable obstacles for players, who can refuel with a hearty third-pound burger, fries, and a soft drink (a $9.95 value) from Mountain Falls' rustic Grill Room. The on-site dining facility boasts a flavorful menu, elegant décor, and an undefeated high score at Golden Tee.
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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Robert McMullin grew up living and breathing combat sports, honing his endurance, discipline, and strength since he was a teenager. He eventually channeled this passion into a career as a boxing coach, MMA fighter, and trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Through these experiences, he's shaped the knowledge that drives his revolutionary AMPD FitCamp method, AMPD being an acronym for Advanced Movements for Performance Development. His work has earned him a client list that includes kickboxing champion Rick Cheek, four contestants from The Biggest Loser and MMA's Team Tompkins.
Now, McMullin and fellow trainer Ray Chargualaf guide clients through a lineup of demanding custom workouts that combine the signature FitCamp method—plyometrics and cardio routines typically used by mixed-martial-arts fighters—with cardio kickboxing’s aerobics, boxing drills, and martial-arts moves. Both trainers work with clients to ensure challenging and motivating experiences for all fitness levels. Though the specifics are tailored to each client, primary end goals include improved aerobic capacity, balance and strength, and the ability to defeat at least one Power Ranger in hand-to-hand combat.
On weekdays at Fight Capital Training Center, the sounds of boxing gloves smacking against sparring pads and punching bags can be heard until midnight. While it's fair to blame the noise on the participants of the gym's late-night boxing sessions, it's probably more fair to blame it on the fanatic trainers who scheduled them. Led by Skipper Kelp, a boxer with more than 130 amateur and professional matches under his belt, the gym's crew of current- and ex-fighters brings passion and experience to their fitness programs, which include boxing, mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu jitsu, muay Thai, and wrestling. However, the center isn't all about punching, kicking, and roaring intimidatingly like a bear—the facility also stages fitness-minded classes, such as conditioning and boot camps.
CrossFit workouts are all about functionality, so it makes sense that they incorporate several ordinary items—tires and sandbags—best known for their other, more primary functions. Aside from these unconventional workout apparatuses, barbells, ropes, and medicine balls all have their time to shine in workouts at South Vegas CrossFit’s 2,500-square-foot warehouse facility. Here, exercisers of all skill levels tone up, slim down, and support one another through their fitness journeys.
There’s a reason CrossFit trainers are so intent on using so many different workout tools. Their goal is to make their regimens accessible to anyone and to also produce well-rounded athletes. The quickest way to do this is through constant variation. Workouts occur in short, spirited bursts, and, like a toddler’s political beliefs, change every day.
Designed by a former marine, an army training officer, and an ex-baseball pro, The Scorpion Warrior extreme obstacle course tests the physical and mental toughness of every contestant. The Scorpion Warrior is a 2.5-mile endurance course that snakes through 25 extreme obstacles such as a 40-foot tire run, an 8-foot wall, a 16-foot-long elevated balance beam, and removal of the blindfold and cement block ankle weights once the race is over. Singles and teams race to the finish line as they compete for more than $1,800 in cash, with every division guaranteed a prize. As they compete, a digital chip tracks times, and the staff snap three photos that upload automatically to contestants' Facebook pages. After charging to victory, racers relax with food, games, raffles, a family-friendly concert, and an appearance by Miss Nevada 2011 Alana Lee.