Since 1990, Power Shack Fitness Centers have fostered a casual, low-stress ambiance at its four locations, eschewing the large crowds and intimidating vibes of many mainstream gyms. A retinue of nationally certified personal trainers is on hand to craft custom workout plans for members, acquainting them with the gym?s array of free weights, cardio machines, and functional training equipment. Group fitness classes are also led by nationally certified instructors. Offerings include barbell conditioning, yoga, spinning, dance, and power grunting. Depending on the location, you can also take advantage of tanning amenities or pick up nutritional supplements.
Shonda Lewis walks proudly across the stage, her toned muscles illuminated by a sea of flashing camera lights as she accepts her award as the 2009 Arnold Sports Festival figure-division champion. But Shonda wasn't always a slender, toned idol of a woman—in fact, she was once overweight. It was only through months of intense training and proper diet that Shonda became who she is today—a professional fitness model, motivational speaker, and trainer.
Committed to celebrating healthy and fit female bodies, Shonda Lewis founded her own bikini contest, Rock Star Bikini, where ladies can compete for cash prizes and photo ops at the annual Arnold Sports Festival. At Rock Star Bikini Bootcamp, Shonda and a staff of personal trainers lead ladies toward bikini bodies with high-intensity workouts. The staff holds classes at Power Shack Fitness, where private training rooms, workout equipment, and an advantageous lack of free cupcake stands create an ideal workout venue.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 27 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people?s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Hot yoga, krav maga, Pilates, women's self defense, and premiering body pump in September?just reading through the list of classes at Evolve Fitness Club probably counts as a workout. The roster is so expansive, that the gym needs two separate studios to contain it. Studio 1 focuses on cardio and flexibility with three types of yoga, Pilates, and BarreLean. Studio 2 aims to arm folks with self-defense classes, including ground fighting, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and a course designed to help folks disarm attackers. Despite the diversity, all these classes have a few things in common: they're each led by certified instructors in comfortable facilities designed to help clients reach their fitness goals.
Although built for exercising, you can't buy a membership to Pick Fit; instead, the staff considers their business an "environment of coaching." Customers purchase training packages to suit their needs, and Pick Fit instructors lead energetic group workouts—such as core-sculpting TRX suspension training—which break through the monotony of routines at traditional gyms. For an even more personalized experience, they work one-on-one with clients to formulate a workout that's tailored to their specific needs and goals.
Run by a dedicated husband-and-wife team, Studio 731 Fitness prides itself on being an alternative to mega gyms. This intimate fitness center offers small-group classes?including hatha yoga, P90X Full Body Cardio classes, and Zumba?all led by experienced instructors. With upbeat, calorie-burning classes and no attitude, Studio 731 Fitness provides a quiet, community-based place to shed fat and build muscle while having a good time.