Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Powerhouse Gym's big space seems absolutely packed with equipment at first glance, but the staff reserves plenty of room for regular group fitness classes. They teach Zumba, kickboxing, and yoga, as well as provide one-on-one training sessions and outdoor, military-style boot camps.
Neon signs and exposed ducts and rafters lend the gym an almost urban vibe, enhanced by the rows of metallic equipment and weights packed together like buildings in a city block. TVs beam news and entertainment to the eyes of those working on the treadmills, ellipticals, or other stationary cardio equipment, giving their brains a workout without the need to shove tiny weights up their noses.
Every Woman Health Club is a women-owned, women-only fitness center that exists as an antidote for large and often intimidating gyms. Owners Anne and Stephanie believe that clients will stick with their paths to fitness if the atmosphere is non-judgmental and encouraging, so they focus on nourishing a body-positive atmosphere. They furnish their gym with up-to-date weight and cardio machines, and hire certified instructors to teach small group classes ranging from belly dancing to yoga to Zumba. They also oversee a program for women recovering from physical injury and provide personal training and an onsite spa with facials and massages.
The Maximum Fitness & Performance team works with clients of all experience levels to help them meet their fitness goals. They specialize in motivational personal training, as well as athlete-inspired performance training classes that perform functional movements at high intensities. They also offer group boot-camp classes, youth boxing, beginner yoga, and specialty classes that help runners prepare for the Tough Mudder.
Infinity Fitness’s owner, Ayelette Robinson, is a lawyer by trade, but her passions are personal training and ballroom dancing, in which she is a national champion. At Infinity Fitness, Ayelette helps clients achieve their fitness goals by drawing from a variety of exercise techniques, including weight training, kickboxing, boot camps, and Pilates.
After 17 years as a professional fighter and nine titles, kickboxing and karate champion Brian Schwartz stepped out of retirement to try his fists at MMA. A broken hand and, subsequently, the first professional loss of his career slowed him down, but not for long—the next year, he returned to face and beat that opponent. Naturally enough for a man who can’t let a new challenge go untested, Schwartz then turned his focus to a new endeavor: the creation of Undisputed Boxing Gym, where he would share the secrets of the fight with a new generation.
Schwartz has assembled a dynamic staff of fighters with backgrounds in jujitsu, boxing, tae kwon do, and kickboxing to train both aspiring fighters and average fitness enthusiasts. Students can tone up and learn self-defense techniques or even chase a spot in the gym's amateur competitive program. The sweat flows in expansive training facilities that include a tae kwon do dojo, a cycling studio, a set of 40 Everlast heavy bags, and displays that track class progress as well as show the music videos for the songs being played. An in-house chiropractor helps align muscles and massages away any knots from learning an especially brutal tickle submission.