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.
Retired police officer Sergeant Guy Samuelson is anything but inactive. A life member of the United States Martial Arts Association and a strength and conditioning coach for high-school football players, Sergeant Samuelson has devoted his life to being active. With that in mind, he started CrossFit Panoply, a non-gym fitness environment that offers workouts used by military special-operations units, professional athletes, and evil geniuses. His workouts focus on using the entire body for each exercise, ensuring activation in all muscles, and each exercise can be scaled to suit any student’s demands or limitations. He leads the classes along with certified instructors who boast law-enforcement or fire-fighting backgrounds.
Soldier City CrossFit helps improve the body's health and physique using a mix of high-intensity functional movements designed to build speed, endurance, coordination, and earlobe flexibility. Within a facility equipped with free weights, kettlebells, and rope climbs, dedicated coaches lead sessions intended to help individuals meet their personal fitness goals?no matter what skill level they're at currently. For those not quite ready for the calorie-incinerating ferocity of CrossFit, the studio also runs boot-camp and agility-training classes to keep students in shape.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
When avid cyclist Robert Barroso wanted to supplement his athletic activities in between cycling events, he gave CrossFit a try. It didn?t take long for Robert to realize the benefits of the workout, and soon he opened his own gym, CrossFit Hunters Creek. He and other certified CrossFit coaches lead members through Olympic-style weightlifting, gymnastics, and plyometric exercises set in high-intensity, short intervals. The easily tailored exercises allow senior citizens suffering from heart disease and seasoned cage fighters to work out in the same class. So everyone is equally challenged, coaches can add or remove weights during front squats and have people flip tires large enough to fit a tractor or small enough to fit a Micro Machines car.
Certified instructor and owner of CrossFit Vindicate, Chris Hall has had a lifetime of sports experience teach him how to train. However, it was an ACL tear that taught him that CrossFit is the ideal system, whether hurt, healthy, training for a marathon, or just trying to stay fit. It?s an intense system that employs constantly varied functional movements to achieve a full-body workout, using elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, and track and field. Chris can also scale each session to each individual, ensuring everyone gets the most out of the class without being intimidated by the daily workout.