Founded by personal trainer Kenneth Mack as a fitness studio with a focus on whole-body wellness, Empowered Recreation helps trainees reach their fitness goals with a range of exercise classes and health workshops. Daily group training classes under Kenneth’s guidance draw on a wide range of workouts to improve every aspect of the muscular system, and nutrition workshops ensure that students are providing their bodies with proper fuel.
Though thousands of miles from Thailand, Leading Edge Kickboxing & Martial Arts imports the country’s national sport, Muay Thai kickboxing, fresh daily. The fighting style, built on a foundation of kicking, punching, and elbow and knee strikes, forms the core of their fitness programs, engineered by head instructor John Stabb. Enamored of all arts martial, the instructors also teach Jiu-Jitsu’s unarmed combat techniques, MMA, and Jeet Kune Do’s self-defense method that employs weaponry, grappling, and strategically scattering banana peels to throw your opponent off balance. Unlike more repetitive workouts, the studio’s varied martial arts sessions build lean muscle mass and enhance cardio fitness.
When guests enter Empower Health and Diesel Fitness, they're likely to notice the large mural at the back of the fitness studio. Orange and yellow sunbeams provide the backdrop for a silhouetted figure, whose arms reach out in a pose of victory. The person in that mural could be anyone, which is fitting, since the studio welcomes all sorts of clients: professional athletes, amateur body builders, and first-time exercisers. Full body assessments help place newcomers into the correct group class or personal-training program. From there, they learn the ins and outs of dynamic hybrid training—a combination of power lifting, plyometrics, and other exercises.
At the business' heart and perfectly toned pectorals are co-owners and certified trainers Bobby Andrade and DeSean Harrell. Besides serving as a massage therapist, Andrade has trained thoroughly in mixed martial arts and worked with both amateur and professional MMA athletes. Harrell, who played football at Washington State University, draws on his vast knowledge of kinesiology when working with participants in football, track, and other sports.
East Highlands Fitness's boutique gym prides itself on having all the amenities of a larger gym?from the advanced equipment to the group classes?while maintaining a small, community feel. The center dishes up everything clients need to burn calories and build muscle, including certified personal trainers, nutrition coaches, and dumbbells. Small group boot-camp and TRX classes, meanwhile, carve out bulging muscles, whereas Zumba classes spin energetic Latin beats to let clients dance towards toned hips, legs, and glutes. At the same time, a kids' room stays open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays, so parents can get pumping without worrying whether their dog was really the best choice for a babysitter.