Sunlight pours onto the exposed-brick walls of the Jowers Training Systems private training facility, where exercise rings dangle from the ceiling and colorful weights line the shelves. Throughout the week, the facility is a flurry of motion as students of all ages and fitness levels undergo high-intensity exercise routines as well as personal- and team-training sessions. Personal-training sessions adhere to the specialty program designed by certified personal trainer and fitness aficionado Jeff Jowers, who combines fat-burning exercises with nutritional guidance to banish unwanted pounds more efficiently than traditional workouts or covering yourself in helium balloons. In team-training sessions, Jowers and his staff bring the same level of intensity, adding an element of teamwork that encourages all students to celebrate each other's successes, work harder to achieve goals, and hit new personal records.
These two gyms work in tandem to improve their clients' fitness by focusing on crossfit training, an exercise regimen that strengthens the body's core. To strike the perfect balance of support, competition, and camaraderie, classes are taught in small groups of no more than 15 sweatband-sporting students. Trainers begin each class by warming up your body with guided stretches and a few minutes inside a preheated oven. Once muscles are melted and limbs are limber, your trainer will surprise you with a regimen of brow-beading exercises that boosts strength, agility, and speed. Trainers will closely monitor students, giving them personalized feedback and suggesting modifications tailored to their skill set and needs. After a final cool down, students will be free to use their newfound strength to create shortcuts through life's many inconveniently placed walls.
At NW Fitness 24/7, even the aerobics classes are available 24/7. Thanks to the facility's use of Fitness on Demand, a online fitness video provider, guests can conjure five different types of classes with the touch of a button, then follow along as the workout is projected on a screen. One class series, the Move Series, incorporates fitness favorites such as yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing, while another, the Induro Series, provides cycling classes with scenic landscapes so riders can picture themselves riding through South Africa, Ireland, or the Milky Way. For more personal instruction, exercisers can enlist a trainer to design a fitness and nutrition program tailored to their goals, or they can opt to workout at their own pace using the facility's cardio machines, free weights, and strength training equipment.
Equipment: Rowing machines, barbells, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, and bars.
Students should bring: Bottle of water and a towel
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Stay hydrated and eat a light snack, such as a half-piece of fruit and a hard boiled egg, 45?60 minutes before class.
Father-daughter duo David and Danielle Pelham co-own Velocity Taekwondo, where they join up with a small team of coaches to share their love of martial arts and training with anyone interested. Danielle won the 2009 World Taekwondo Federation championships, and David is an award-winning taekwondo competition coach. Together with CrossFit and MMA trainers, they equip clients with fighting and fitness skills. Taekwondo is the focus, however?the academy has its own competition team, and after-school programs accommodate the schedules of children and sentient pencils.