Longtime fitness fanatic Mike Todd takes a realistic approach to physical training and nutrition. With 10 years of personal-training experience and advanced degrees in sports nutrition under his belt, Mike designs exercise programs that constantly push his clients, but in a manner that is safe and sensible. One of those programs, the Raw Body Boot Camp, tests strength, agility, and speed. A notable contrast to standard boot camps, Mike's boot camps rely almost solely on body weight movements, which enable exercisers to gauge more accurately when they've reached their limit.
The exercise experts at Body Fit Las Vegas guide guests toward healthy hearts, toned muscles, and increased self-confidence at 64 weekly boot-camp sessions. A seasoned coach such as owner, trainer, and U.S. Army veteran Marcus Niemo equips students with moves that build stamina, core strength, and dioramas of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Each class teams cardio with isometric exercises to work all of the major muscle groups, providing a balanced workout that helps prevent injuries at the gym and comic wipeouts when skipping through fields of banana peels. The teacher can also help campers monitor their tickers and adjust the workout’s intensity to torch a maximum number of calories by hitting their target heart rate and uprooting fields of snapping Venus fly traps.
Tony Cress leads private and two-person training sessions and a variety of group fitness classes to help willing clients adopt a lifestyle of health and fitness. During his 60-minute fit camps, he mixes up exercises that help burn fat and develop flexibility, stability, and strength to keep bodies guessing. Students in his TRX classes use the suspension bands to leverage their body weight for strengthening exercises that widen their range of motion. During fusion classes, they'll incorporate tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and medicine balls.
In Tony's training facility, free weights and medicine balls wait to be chosen from their racks, and TRX bands dangle from a ceiling-mounted structure. An assortment of steppers, stationary bikes, and stationary motorcycles makes it easy for clients looking to add variety to cardio workouts.
After a lifetime of martial arts, rock climbing, snowboarding, and biking, Jake Soteros discovered one system that prepares him for all kinds of intense activities. That’s CrossFit’s system of varied functional-movement exercises designed to enhance performance in every kind of physical enterprise, from scaling a boulder to carrying a bag of dog food. So, he opened Free Style CrossFit to teach others the effective method that also promotes healthy diets and lifestyles. He also appreciates CrossFit for its scalability, easing the uninitiated into the system with a seven-session intro program before unleashing them into the high-intensity routine of ever-changing daily workouts.
Judi Sheppard Missett never could have imagined that the workout she created called “Jazzercise”—a routine that combines her beloved jazz dance moves with resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing—would affect and change so many lives worldwide. Its reach extends into Las Vegas thanks to certified instructors who teach the 60-minute workouts up to seven times a week. There is also a low-impact class option, which follows the same dance-centric routine but shies away from jumps in order to safeguard achy joints.
A distinguished citizen of the golf world as both a competitor and coach, PGA Pro Mike Davis draws from his decorated career to help fellow golfers on their path to straighter drives and lower scores. A full-time contender in the PGA Tour during the mid-1970s, Mike’s playing career included appearances in three US Opens and one PGA Championship, where the world’s finest golfers compete for trophy jackets made of the finest divots.
After his time as a competitive golfer, Mike made sizeable contributions to the coaching world by publishing instructional articles in numerous publications—including Golf Magazine—and conducting groundbreaking research about the use of video analysis in golf instruction. Today, the passionate pedagogue roams the training ground at Royal Links Golf Club, smoothing out swing imbalances with the help of technological refinements such as V1 video analysis technology, TOMI putting-analysis software, and cybernetic caddies sent from the future to destroy underperforming irons.
Shine Alternative Fitness helps all types of fitness goers achieve health goals. Named one of the 20 “Coolest Clubs in America” in Shape magazine’s 2013 Gym Awards, the center’s founders are both Cirque du Soleil veterans: Dima Shine, a solo artist in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, and Russ Petroni, Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas production manager.
The duo’s passion for performance arts shines through in each of their classes. In their Aerial Arts courses, for example, students develop upper body, core, and grip strength while wrapped in silks that hang from the ceiling. Meanwhile, antigravity classes have students striking balancing poses while suspended in the air by silk hammocks. To round out their coursework, the team also offers an array of more traditional gym classes, from boxing sessions to Zumba, ballet, and hip-hop.