At 27,000 square feet, Gladiators Gym towers above lesser fitness facilities with an impressive weight room stacked with conventional weights and unconventional equipment. Serious skiers and snowboarders can also take advantage of the gym’s downhill simulation equipment—a revolving carpet that creates a platform for ski and snowboard lessons and recreation. Athletes train with the usual gear, but they can also build their strength and endurance with specialty equipment such as battle ropes, TRX suspension gear, two Austin Legdrive machines, and cones for agility drills. Artificial turf lines the floor to recreate outdoor workouts, which include agility drills and power drills such as tire flipping.
Students should bring: Water and Great Attitude
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come to all sessions with a great attitude, willing to work hard, and expecting results.
That scale does not tell the whole truth. Though most fitness fans make a habit of hopping onto the scale every day, certified trainer Stephanie Hill Polk will be one of the first to tell her clients not to put too much stock in their weight. What's more important, she says, is how well clothes fit and how defined muscles look without their Sharpie highlights. Simply put, her boot camps are focused less on the loss of weight and more on the gain of fitness. Stephanie's also a fount of nutritional knowledge, and she shares many healthy-eating tips in camps and on her Facebook page.
As the owner of Phat Body Gym, John Mitchell has witnessed some pretty extreme physical transformations. One client, he says, lost 30 pounds in a single month, prompting friends and relatives to file one-quarter of a missing-persons report. Mitchell says the secret to keeping his clients motivated is variety. Whether in boot camps or one-on-one training sessions, he concocts unique combinations of exercises to help them reach their goals.
Students Should Bring: Great attitude
Average Class Length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
The expert instructors at Zion Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness believe that students can pursue the principles of fitness and sound personal defense at any age. Under the watchful eye of their gi-clad sensei, kids as young as five learn the underpinnings of Brazilian jiujitsu, building their self-confidence more effectively than replacing their glasses with a visor that reads "you're a champ!" on the inside. Older students often continue their study of jiujitsu, or expand their self-defense arsenals by branching off into kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Those just looking to shed a few pounds can enroll in the center's targeted training programs, which are dedicated to weight loss and body sculpting.
The trainers at Natural Talent Martial Arts and Fitness collectively hold more than 45 world titles. Armed with competition experience and years of training, they introduce kids and adults to the core values and principles behind martial arts. Beginning with students as young as 3, they offer kids karate classes that focus on cementing combat techniques while also instilling respect, honor, discipline, and self-respect into each pupil. They train adults in mixed martial arts and fitness kickboxing, and also hold Zumba classes for fitness-minded fighters.