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.
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.
"Fitness is the first step to surviving panther attacks." Though the words are lighthearted, Sandia CrossFit's co-owners Zach and Matt believe that the principles behind CrossFit—a fitness program modeled on ancestral living, with its diverse physical work—help clients to develop the strength and stamina to deal with any physical situation. That's why they rely on CrossFit's strength-training and cardio-intensive exercises to sculpt muscles, boost agility, and increase speed.
Inside their meticulously kept facility, the co-owners offer an assortment of simple equipment, such as rings and free weights, that participants can use during Workout of the Day exercises. These daily workouts vary, evoking ancient-fitness moves called for in the days of spear throwing, running from animal predators, and riding velociraptors bareback.
The clang of weights and the encouraging shouts from CrossFit classes ring out across Desert Forge CrossFit's 5,952 square feet of space. There's equipment from Rogue and a designated area for kids, but perhaps the most important element is completely intangible; the CrossFit mindset. CrossFit is focused on using a wide range of functional motions at a high intensity. Those motions include familiar ones such as lifting, jumping, squatting, and running from bees, but they're aided by skilled trainers and a range of equipment.
Move Group Wellness specializes in functional fitness during its one-on-one training sessions and its HIIT classes, which stands for high-intensity interval training. The classes blend spin, TRX, Synrgy360, and resistance training for a full-body workout. No more than 10 members work out together in a class, so trainers can provide personalized attention to each student.