Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.
Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.
Since launching their flagship 10-week program in 2001, the instructors at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping have spurred more than 35,000 trainees across 42 locations toward their weight-loss goals. Classes burn fat and build lean muscle with fitness kickboxing and muscle-building with anaerobic bands. Coaches support trainees with a nutrition plan that breaks up food intake into six daily meals, increasing sustaining bodily energy and a sense of déjà vu. The founders of Farrell’s eXtreme Bodybuilding are so confident in their program that they offer a money-back guarantee for those dissatisfied with their results.
It's not easy to become a trainer at Metabolic Fitness Management: the company only recruits those with the proper education and certifications from organizations such as the National Personal Training Institute, the American Council on Exercise, and the National Council on Strength and Fitness. At a handful of gyms, these experts lead personalized one-on-one sessions as well as group boot-camp, kettlebell, and TRX suspension-training classes.
The staffers at Essence of Life, a fitness and wellness center, believe that balance is essential to leading a happy, healthy life. And so they offer classes that keep clients well rounded mentally, physically, and spiritually. Yoga and Pilates reformer classes help stretch limbs and minds, and indoor cycling and TRX classes pump up muscles and keep hearts healthy. Personal training helps clients get on track with individualized attention. The friendly and laid-back fitness studio strives to keep its own balance by hosting ongoing workshops and summer camps in addition to classes, and clients can drop by for a soothing reiki session or features-defining airbrush tan as well.
Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.
At Bombshell Movement Studio, the emphasis is on fun, as women shimmy and spin themselves around during a variety of pole-dancing classes. Each entertaining session builds students' confidence and endurance as they twirl or create a dance routine for their next condo-association meeting. Within the supportive environment, women can also celebrate bachelorette bashes or girls' night out with flirt-enhancing parties or learn lap-dance techniques and sultry moves in workshops.