Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Power Fitness is a full-service fitness center dedicated to helping its clients get into the best shape of their lives. At the spacious studio, multiples of every cardio machine help cut down on wait times and group classes and strength training equipment give clients all the calorie-burning tools they need. The classes range from the dance-based Zumba and cardio kickboxing to boot camps that add an extra degree of difficulty. But the facility doesn't just cater to adults—programs such as Power Kids help young ones get in better shape, as do martial arts programs available for all ages.
Grandmaster Y.K. Kim’s whirlwind life has taken him from Korea to the United States while wearing many hats including author, public speaker, philosopher, entrepreneur, and founder of Martial Arts World. The latter has grown into a family tree of locations spanning four states. At each location, dedicated instructors guide kids and adults through martial-arts classes that aim to instill a sense of confidence, self-discipline, and respect in each and every student. Classes serve as sweat-inducing workouts and an outlet to learn self-defense techniques, which come in handy when you dream your blanket has attacked.
Certified trainer Johnny at JBoFitness knows teamwork is integral to achieving fitness goals, but so is individualized attention. That’s why he combines the two during group boot-camp classes that feature intense exercises such as weightlifting, sprints, and even tractor-tire flipping. To meet everyone’s fitness needs, he also offers the Latin-dance-inspired Zumba, as well as fat-burning TurboKick that incinerates up to 1,000 calories per session.
With 45 academies across 16 states, Championship Martial Arts instills confidence, self-discipline, and healthy lifestyles in men, women, and kids of all ages through its fun karate classes. Certified instructors help adult students burn fat and build muscle with motivating, no-pressure karate courses, while kids and teens learn respect and teamwork with youth classes for ages three and up. Under the watchful eye of skilled martial arts experts, martial artists safely punch, leap, kick, and block their way to personal achievement and good health.
It's hard to learn how to fight until you've actually stepped into the ring, which is why the expertise of professional fighters is so highly valued in instructors at martial-arts clubs. With teachers whose in-the-ring careers earned them nicknames like "Merciless" and "Little Giant," American Combat Club's crew members turns their own grappling and striking experiences into a lineup of mixed-martial-arts classes fit for all levels. They teach a fusion form of boxing and kickboxing that incorporates elbow and knee strikes, as well as a Brazilian-jujitsu-based grappling program that elucidates takedowns, submissions, and defenses against commonly encountered holds. Becoming a well-rounded fighter requires more than just technical skill, however, so the teachers also offer full-body conditioning classes in which participants flip tractor tires, swing sledgehammers, and heft medicine balls until they finally confess that they can't actually cure the common cold.