Unlike jumping onto a treadmill, Fit Club Utah’s exercises require a little briefing. The instructor may explain, for example, just what one does with the giant sledgehammer resting on a recalcitrant-looking truck tire. But once the tutorials are through, students jump into high-octane action, swinging the hammer through the air and flipping the tire end over end to build rippling muscle and amp up cardio strength. To keep the sessions engaging, instructors create new routines, filled with box jumps and sprinting, and modify exercises to each client’s individual fitness level or desire not to sweat in their workout tuxedo.
Navy Special Operators are recognized as some of the world's most feared warriors. Run using the same aquatic training program that tests the mettle of real-life divers and explosives techs, Hellbender's Amphibious Bootcamp sends exercisers plunging in and out of the water as they blast through a blend of calisthenics and aquatic exercises. A diverse collection of former sailors, soldiers, and firefighters lead the classes, shouting encouragement as as students switch from pushups and pull-ups to freestyle, breaststroke, and sprint swims. Movable obstacles including sandbags, weights, and decommissioned bathyspheres also wait beneath the depths, challenging endurance as they bulk up screaming muscles. Classes welcome all fitness levels, but exercisers should be able to tread water, swim at least 25 yards without stopping, and arrive with their own goggles and swimsuit.
At Square 1 Fitness, the doors are open all day, every day. With a month-to-month contract, members enjoy access to all that lies behind these gates: brand-name strength and cardio equipment, health screenings, fitness evaluations, and full showers. The gym also houses certified personal trainers who can develop personalized fitness programs. The trainers guarantee results, and have a proven history of success—an archive of success stories includes testimonials of participants who halved their body fat, reclaimed their pre-pregnancy figure, or overcame a weight-loss plateau. Complementing fitness services, Square 1 Fitness provides massage therapy, tanning, and other spa services that reward bodies more effectively than gold-star bicep tattoos.
Brett Rosen, the coach behind Integrated Sports Performance, sees an athlete in everyone. Each day, he works with students ages 8 and older on improving their athletic performance while reducing their risk of injury. To accomplish all that, he draws on knowledge acquired while earning his degrees in exercise science, nutrition and exercise, and psychology. He shares his helpful insights with a variety of students, which might be individuals, small groups, or sports teams. To make sure his students get the most out of his advice, he trains them in the group size that best fits their activity, allowing players to build camaraderie with their team or spend an intense, solo hour of exercise wishing they'd picked a team sport to play.
Trainer Chelsea Rupp warns all her potential students that CrossFit might become an addiction. When she first started training five years ago, she was astounded and enthralled by its challenging and effective workouts, and was instantly hooked. After receiving her Level 1 CrossFit certification, Chelsea and her partners founded her own CrossFit gym?CrossFit GSL?where she and a team of enthusiastic trainers lead students of all levels in the high-intensity, ever-changing routines. Surrounded by the colorful flags and bright walls of their studio, the trainers guide students through warm-ups and functional workouts, scaling the drills' intensity to accommodate varying fitness levels. They encourage each student to push past their previously set boundaries as they heave barbells and kettlebells, jump rope, hop on large wood blocks, and toss medicine balls. The supportive instructors dole out nutritional guidance as well as postworkout recovery tips, such as techniques for therapeutic stretches and tips for mending shirts torn apart by bulging muscles.
OZone Fit cultivates a supportive, inspiring, and fun social culture to keep fitness motivation strong. The one-month membership provides participants with a plethora of group training classes and a choice between OZone's two training programs. Action-packed 30-minute classes allow individuals with crammed schedules, short attention spans, or timed chess matches to work up some heat without losing half the day. With training programs designed for adults and children, OZone provides fitness fodder for bodies in every life stage. The Power Tone program gives each participant specialized attention and feedback as they chart courses through strength training and cardiovascular exercises. The OZone training program addresses the fitness needs of young athletes from 5 to 18 years old, grouped according to age and knowledge of 1990s TGIF sitcom lineups. Professional trainers supervise all classes, and OZone members can track their progress by keeping and comparing daily workout results with other members.