Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out. That's according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore North, a member of the gym family named the sixth-best in America by The Active Times. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or high heels. Instead, classes feature trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker and Rachel Batista who lead students through group classes and personal-training sessions, and seasoned coaches who oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement.
Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting lean muscle, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Instructors also instill in their clients the CrossFit style with functional movements that aim to boost strength, power, and coordination.
Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces that embody a cultivated lack of the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes. In addition to adult classes, the coaches train kids aged 4 and older using CrossFit workouts scaled to different levels of strength, endurance, and giggliness.
Twenty-nine thousand square feet of space. Forty-five group fitness classes per week. More than 30,000 pounds of free weights. As impressive as the numbers may be, it's the attention to personal detail that the trainers at Ultima Fitness pride themselves on. They work one-on-one with clients to achieve specific fitness goals and lead classes ranging from the lighthearted fun of Zumba to the competitive intensity of cardio kickboxing. While parents work out with the trainers, the gym welcomes children up to 12 years old into the fitness fold with their kids' club, a supervised play area. Additionally, separate from the gym's 100 strength-training machines and 70 pieces of cardio equipment lies a women's only workout area, featuring much of the same equipment, only without the attached mustache combs.
Nestled inside Ultima's expansive studio, Xtreme Tae Kwon Do teaches the 5,000-year-old martial art in a 3,000-square-foot space. Instructors host many controlled sparring sessions so that aspiring fighters can get used to the feeling of high-speed contact and learn to defend against attackers.
Synergy Performance & Fitness owner Christy Vanness, who is also certified ISSA personal trainer and certified TRX and Johnny G Spin instructor, believes that a happy life is a fit life. Christy, along with her expert staff of certified and specialized trainers, channel vigorous devotion for physical well-being into varied classes that include muscle training, kickboxing, yoga boot camp, barre method, chisel, and high-energy fitness boot camps. In addition, Synergy Performance & Fitness incorporates new and innovative workouts on a daily basis to make each class different from the last.
Powerhouse Gym escorts its members toward healthier lifestyles with comprehensive memberships and a cavalcade of meticulously maintained equipment. More than newly installed 50 cardio machines volunteer to put legs through their paces as users utilize theater remotes to control one of seven different televisions. A neatly aligned contingent of benches, dumbbells, and racks populate the spacious free-weight area, and competitive guests can work up a sweat or settle disputes the way Congress does with intense games of racquetball. To shed calories among fitness confidants, slide into an expert-led group class such as yoga, Zumba, or cardio kickboxing. Additionally, two 30-minute sessions with a certified personal trainer help facilitate positive results with an in-depth review of individual goals. After determining each guest's needs and level of fitness, trainers can begin to coax fit forms from their subcutaneous hideaways with motivating workouts and softly hummed Rocky themes.
Certified personal trainer Jared Lopez and his team of instructors work to tone muscles and fire up metabolisms for all fitness levels during their boot-camp program that incorporates plyometrics, kickboxing, functional strength training, and calisthenics to get healthy and safe results. The team of experienced trainers also shows modifications for each exercise in fitness sessions at their new indoor and outdoor 7,000 square foot facility. They change up their routines on a daily basis to prevent clients and their muscles from becoming bored. To cultivate a supportive environment, the instructors motivate students without yelling at them and post success stories of clients who have lost inches and weight.