The trainers at New Life Fitness Training know that most fitness programs fail. They're often one-size-fits-all or overly focused on physical fitness. Though the New Life program incorporates three workouts per week, it also prioritizes a weekly health and wellness class, dubbed "the most important portion of the program." In between sweat sessions, clients learn healthy eating habits and attitudes and develop personal caloric plans.
Designed and led by Christopher Wagemann, a former drill instructor for the army, and Carly Gerstel, a yoga expert, New Life's programs also emphasize mental wellness. Most plans include relaxing weekly yoga classes and practical-application sessions involving nature hikes and one-on-one therapy sessions with trained squirrels. To make the health and wellness programs more convenient for parents, Kim Retting—the on-staff childcare professional with a degree in psychology—leads childcare sessions that also incorporate light activities.
At Ballroom Addiction, the staff members' credentials are as impressive as their synchronized steps. For example, director Ron Yee has won two championships at United States Ballroom Championships events, and hip-hop teacher Gene Lopez has worked with celebrities from Michael Bublé to Flavor Flav. Their impressive resumés don't imply exclusivity, however—guests of all skill levels, from beginners to aspiring award winners, are welcome to rehearse on their three floating floors. Along with other trained instructors, they draw from years of competitive experience to school students on four main categories of dance: American Smooth, International Standard, American Rhythm, and International Latin.
These categories cover several styles, including fox trot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, and cha-cha. The instructors impart poise in both private and group sessions, as well as coach pupils in social dance sessions that cover nightclub moves and country western choreography. To supplement lessons, instructors host Friday-night parties that allow protégés to practice their form while mingling with other students. Wedding-dance seminars coordinate romantic routines set to the couple's favorite song, or, for more complex performances, the sound of every guest clinking a fork against a wine glass.
Hangover Mondays, Tummy Tuck Tuesdays, and Hump Wednesdays. At Revolution- Fitness Evolved, each day’s workout aims to blast away fat and sculpt students into strong, toned citizens. Owner Ray Chargualaf Jr. plays the ringleader at the innovative gym, and preaches a philosophy of training smarter, not harder. Ray and his fellow instructors use target heart rate exercises and explosive movements to build endurance, flexibility, coordination, and agility. Classes might use TRX equipment to pump up pecs, box jumps to build quads, or tractor tires to stage a tableau from The Grapes of Wrath.
Trainers designed House of Ryu to be a mecca for athletes interested in fitness and martial arts. Inside the 20,000-square-foot gym is housed custom equipment such as a 65’x35’ mat for muay thai, boxing, and standup fighting, and a 24’x24’ regulation-sized boxing ring. On the mats, trainers guide students in various martial-arts and fitness disciplines including Alliance muay thai, Kevin Randleman’s Monster Wrestling, jujitsu, boxing, muay boran, strength and conditioning, fitness camp, and cardio boxing and kickboxing.
Through a challenging yet rewarding regimen of weightlifting, cardio, and calisthenics, Sin City Boot Camp helps people of all fitness levels build strength and self-confidence. An evaluation gets the ball rolling for each new student. After that, participants might find themselves deadlifting barbells in the indoor gym, or heading down the road to Sunset Park for a few rounds of pushups, burpees, box hops, and teleportations. Sin City's trainers make sure everyone stays motivated while pursuing their goals. They teach diet classes, too, explaining how to stay properly fueled for the workouts and boot camps.