In a 2,400 square foot, bare-bones gym affectionately known as The Box, CrossFit coaches inspire fitness enthusiasts and beginners alike, helping to shed weight and tone muscles. They use a daily workout that focuses on constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements, designed to get even the laziest muscle group working while changing the routine each session to avoid the boredom of repetition. One session could feature air squats and sprints, while the next could be filled with tossing medicine balls, swinging from gymnastics rings, jumping on an off plyometric boxes, and exhaling forcefully enough to levitate off the ground.
Austin Fit Magazine named RockBody Boot Camp its Best Boot Camp of 2011 and also lauded its owner, Brian Prinzo, as one of the city’s Top 10 Fittest Trainers in 2010. But for Brian and his staff of experienced trainers, it’s not about the accolades; it’s about helping others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Classes eschew routine courses of treadmills and bench presses for a variety of challenging workouts that put participants through a mash-up of strength, core, cardio, and interval training designed to push them to their personal limits. Best of all, the workouts provide the motivation and accountability needed to help exercisers push past plateaus, and exercises can be tailored to accommodate many fitness levels and concerns, such as arthritis, body pain, and conjoined sweatbands.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may chisel, strengthen, and balloon muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of a trained instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history, medical background, and goals of completing an underwater bicycle race. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and others promote salubrious bodies with full-body circuit workouts designed to give each and every lackadaisical muscle a Popeye-like infusion of metaphorical spinach.
At Boot Camp 512, the enemy is predictability. Each day, your trainers will throw down a fresh guerilla-ambush worth of challenges for your muscles and your brain, fueling constant gains and keeping you engaged. Over the course of the one-hour camps, you'll run, squat, lunge, slam out push-ups and chin-ups, juggle kettlebells, punch slabs of beef, and end with a live crocodile wrestle. At the beginning and end of each session, you’ll complete a personal-fitness assessment to help set goals and measure results.
The beauty experts at Allure Laser & Day Spa rely on state-of-the-art aesthetic technology to help their clients look their best. Armed with Candela’s GentleLASE Plus laser, they zap away unwanted fuzz, reducing the need for razors, wax, and tiny lawn mowers. Microdermabrasion treatments paired with ExcellaWave ultrasound energy revitalize tired complexions, whereas SkinMedica peels fight wrinkles and encourage cell renewal.
In the words of ATX Pole Fitness's staff, pole fitness "can be athletic and acrobatic, and it can be sensual and personal." In other words, it can be whatever students want it to be. At ATX Pole Fitness, the emphasis is on empowerment and individuality. Members find their own meaning in the movements, whether they want to build muscle tone, spice up their love lives, or spend time hanging out with bats in their natural habitats.
For studio owner Stacy Bishop, pole fitness helped her blend fun with getting in shape, igniting a passion that's won her awards in the pole fitness competitions.She shares this passion with her students during small classes that zero in on self-expression and safety. In addition to pole fitness, she offers BUTI yoga, a form of yoga that mixes the ancient practice with plyometrics and tribal dance, high-intensity boot camp classes, and flexibility sessions.