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 along 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.
Aiming to increase energy levels with the adrenaline-boosting effects of exercise, Gloria's Energetics Studio flings open its doors to clients six days a week. Inside the studio, upbeat music sets the pace for intense Zumba sessions or combination aerobics classes.
No matter your age, shape, size, or fitness level, there's a place for you at CrossFit Work Over Time. During CrossFit sessions, trainers scale workouts for each client, customizing all weightlifting, cardio, and resistance-training exercises and bolstering session with positive encouragement and reinforcement. By designing new workouts daily, trainees—and their muscles—can avoid plateauing or falling into a rut. And to keep intimidation factors at a minimum, students can start out with beginner or intermediate CrossFit classes.
Mayra D. Martinez is in love with Zumba. A certified instructor, she wants to help others have the same fun and success with weight loss that she’s had on her journey to becoming an instructor. At each one of her one-hour classes, participants will dance and work out to the thumping, fast-paced beats of Latin music, burning calories and gaining strength while enjoying a dance class with a like-minded community.
While working as a firefighter and paramedic, CrossFit Brownsville owner Jonathan Jones counted on the CrossFit system to stay in shape for the grueling demands of his job. Today, he and his team teach the method to others, incorporating Olympic lifting, gymnastics, cardio, and resistance training into their workouts. That mix, combined with everyday motions, fosters a full-body workout, and one that readies participants for all kinds of physical activities. Instructors can scale CrossFit workouts to suit anyone, including grandparents, marathon runners, and those just getting into a fitness routine. To ease into the system, students start off with a three-day Fundamentals class that introduces CrossFit's fundamentals and techniques.
Around the globe, each of Gracie Barra's more than 300 schools shares a common curriculum: Brazilian jiu jitsu. The school's instructors instill the traditional martial art throughout the world, venturing beyond Brazil to nearly every continent on Earth. At the McAllen branch, the instructors possess the same International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation certifications as their colleagues across the globe, and call on their training in the Gracie Barra curriculum to teach the martial-arts technique to all ages and experience levels. Additionally, they schedule programs such as muay thai and women's fight-fitness classes that incorporate self-defense tactics for beating up unwanted calories.