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Taking a note out of the playbook from many police academies and military special operations units, CrossFit Pisgah’s seasoned trainers lead small groups through a constantly rotating fitness regimen that fuses cardio work and strength training for a highly intense total body workout. Inside the no-frills gym, participants—with the encouragement of motivational instructors and other students—perform functional exercises based of off movements found in everyday life, from squats reminiscent of picking up heavy laundry baskets to weight lifts evocative of hoisting lazy husbands onto the roof to clean the gutters.

150 Eastside Drive #511
Black Mountain,
NC
US

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 in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.

4016 E Franklin Blvd
Gastonia,
NC
US

At About Face Bootcamp, the trainers have all gone through their own fitness struggles, allowing them to sympathize with each student as they help them transform their external and internal image. About Face's various boot camps meet at locations all around Charlotte and cover distinct disciplines of fitness. Weekend Warrior classes involve Zumba training and cardio drills, and Powder Puff boot camps tackle a new workout every day and include obstacle courses, nutrition advice, and cardio and strength training.

4015 East Franklin Boulevard
Gastonia,
NC
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

1027 Brandon Road
Clover,
SC
US

At Curves, exercisers of all fitness levels move around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine-maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks, filling medicine balls with medicine, and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines account for different body weights and fitness levels to create resistance that matches one's abilities, which thereby decreases the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.

3142 Dallas Hgh Shls Hwy
Dallas,
NC
US

At Karate Evolution, students undergo a kind of metamorphosis. Under the watchful eye of instructor Mike Rhoads, kids who were once shy and unfocused gain life skills directly related to the Japanese fighting system's disciplined practice. From learning how to defend and assert themselves to gaining focus and accountability, students gain valuable intangible skills that go hand-in-hand with greater fitness and health. By the end of the program, children will not only have developed physical skills that will stay with them for life, but they will also be trained to attain the confidence and attitude necessary for success in all of life's arenas.

3270-B Robinwood Rd.
Gastonia,
NC
US