New Mexico-native, competitive kickboxer, and Navy veteran Javier Rodriguez has been reveling in the perks of prime physical fitness since the age of seven. Due to a lifetime of training, the act of maintaining a healthy bodyweight, eating a wholesome diet, and keeping fat-producing stress at bay has become second nature to him. Now Rodriguez strives to instill these core values in others during his indoor boot-camp program. Along with a team of certified trainers, he combines cardio workouts with resistance training to boost metabolism and tone up physiques. To build upon the foundation laid down in group classes, the team at Fit Body Boot Camp lead custom one-on-one personal-training sessions and offer nutrition plans that act as sensible eating guides. Staffers lead workout sessions atop triple-bonded foam flooring, which helps protect joints and cleverly disguised glass limbs from damage.
The seeds of Primal Athletics were sown in Baghdad in 2009, when head coach Adrian was introduced to the CrossFit practice. This was a guy whose regimen had consisted of bodybuilding and weight training with MMA variants, who voluntarily headed oversees as a private security contractor, and CrossFit left him challenged to the utmost?and hungry for more. Now, the team of trainers introduces this body-sculpting practice to athletes of all levels, offering CrossFit-based programs for ages three to adult.
Westside Power Gym cuts out the crowds and wasted time found at many of today’s pricey modern gyms with an old-school lifting environment that emphasizes hardcore workouts and personal training. Patrons lift a stock of free weights and flip massive tires that weigh in at more than 100 pounds, or up their cardio in MMA courses, conditioning sessions, and spin classes.
It's 7 p.m. on a Monday, and the Fitness KICKS studio is a flurry of sweaty, motivated students and swaying punching bags. This is the scene of a cardio-kickboxing class, where certified trainers lead students through high-intensity kickboxing drills and training exercises on the 27 heavyweight bags. Come Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the atmosphere transforms when yoga instructors take over and lead yogis through flowing poses designed to enhance relaxation. The energy-charged atmosphere soon returns, however, when coaches take over to conduct rigorous total-body conditioning sessions, kettlebell workouts, Kempo karate, and jiujitsu classes.
As students bustle about in group classes, other members churn out muscles with the studio's collection of weightlifting equipment, ellipticals, and bicycles. Some opt for personal-training sessions, during which top trainers help clients work out safely by guiding them through custom exercises and checking their gym sneakers for smuggled in cheeseburgers. Still other members sit down to chat with the trainers about nutrition, discussing diet tips and custom meal plans.
Enlighten Others' team of relaxation experts detoxifies, clears minds, and potentially renders a range of health benefits with a tag team of sensory deprivation, hot yoga, and massage. Within the soundproof confines of a sensory-deprivation tank, 800 pounds of Epsom salts mix with water and cause the body to bob like a seal in a space station. Elsewhere, therapists treat weary muscles with massage styles such as sports and deep tissue to melt away stress and pain.
The studio also hosts yoga sessions that include hot yoga, gentle warm classes, and black-light yoga sessions that ramp up practices with special music and lighting.
CedarFIT's trainers, Cedar McCrary and John White, will teach you to find and grow the strong, hard tree within you. Once overweight, McCrary successfully demolished 75 pounds of her own flab and now disseminates her fast, potent method to all who flock to her training center—regardless of age, physical condition, or species. Each day, McCrary will throw down a fresh guerrilla-ambush worth of challenges for your muscles and your brain, fueling constant gains and keeping you engaged. Over the course of a CedarFIT boot-camp session, you'll do strength, cardio, flexibility circuit workouts, and more. As a result, your mind will sharpen, your stress will dissipate, and your metabolism will speed up to the point that it burns calories even at rest and causes nearby newspapers to burst into flames.