Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
Fitzone For Women boasts all the amenities of any modern gym, including row upon row of sleek workout equipment, 24 different kinds of fitness classes, and nutritional seminars. The gym’s staff tailors each service specifically to women’s needs. One-on-one instructors teach the tips and tricks needed to build long, lean muscle, while nutritionists suggest regimens designed to keep the female form healthy. Large screen televisions line the cardiovascular room, providing mental escape into another world while bodies work on burning calories.
Fitness 19 welcomes exercisers into its pristine workout facilities lined with Life Fitness cardio machines, free weights, and fully staffed childcare rooms. A personal trainer works with fitness seekers to create motivating custom workouts, helping members set goals and chase them down with the precision of a saint bernard leading a search-and-rescue mission in an inflatable-ball pit. Heart rates rise and calories evaporate during jogs on treadmills and pedaling sessions on stationary bikes. Dumbbells and barbells encourage lifting and curling, and Smith machines help bodies perform squats safely and effectively. Make muscles ripple with plate-loaded strength-training equipment, an eight-station crossover cable, or high-intensity deadlifts with a complimentary water bottle.
Lake County Boot Camps' inspirational instructors raise their voices only to offer praise and motivation—rather than barking insults and orders—to participants sweating through each 45-minute total-body workout. The boot-camp classes eschew the doldrums of traditional workouts by constantly changing exercises and only using barbells for group juggling routines. Each session torches calories, stokes metabolism, whittles cores, and tones muscles. To comfortably challenge each exerciser, Lake County Boot Camps houses myriad fitness-forging paraphernalia, including battling ropes, suspension trainers, and a joint-friendly foam floor. Unlike many boot camps, Lake County Boot Camps' exercises take place indoors, letting clients shape up without having to fend off rain, sleet, and squirrels' putdowns.
No body is exactly alike. So when personal trainer Steve Mehaffey—who bears a BA in exercise science alongside numerous fitness certifications—meets with clients, he doesn’t prescribe the same programs for every person. Instead, he tailors his sessions to include whether clients want to tone up, lose inches, or build muscle faster than the Hulk in line at the DMV. Additionally, he can work around hindrances such as age and medical conditions to help clients get their health where the want it to be.
Larry Lentz understands how to take fitness goals to the next level of achievement. On top of his own accomplishments, which include century rides, marathons, triathlons, boxing titles, and Ironmen competitions, he has helped others find their most fit selves by serving as a U.S. Navy Command fitness leader and a head coach to the ASU boxing club. Today, he and his staff—all of whom are former military or former boxing champions—at Toughman Bootcamp put their experience to use by helping clients obliterate calories and build muscle in bootcamp, boxing, and kickboxing programs.