Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
"In three years, I've never repeated a workout. Who wants to do the same thing over and over again?" said Total Core Fit Camp?s head trainer, Ryan Toth, according to Fighting For Life. The seasoned athlete's creative, constantly varied workouts have drawn more than 400 fitness seekers to his program and earned a feature on News 12's Get Fit Fridays. Amid his studio's pull-up bars, kettlebells, and punching bags, Ryan and his staff of fellow certified trainers lead functional workouts, favoring blasting through total-body movements over working on weight machines or running on treadmills. Ryan?s dedication to fitness seeps into his personal life as well, as you can spot his wife Dori sweating alongside him while their three young children watch and record their critiques.
Ryan and the trainers encourage their students to achieve healthy lifestyles beyond the classroom with nutritional counseling, arming them with custom meal plans, nutrition tips, and wholesome recipes. His online program provides busier patrons with complete at-home workouts, enabling them to bust moves at home or during their manager's long-winded motivational speech at the office.
Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to go to the gym?especially when you're comfy on the couch and there's a good movie on TV. Enter Retro Fitness's Cardio Movie Theater, which screens movies from the last few decades in a room equipped with tons of cardio machines. If movies aren't your thing, other areas of the gyms have treadmills with DirecTV and iPod capabilities, stationary bikes with internet connections, and free weights you can pretend are microphones and sing into.
These high-tech touches have helped Retro Fitness become a national phenomenon, with more than 100 locations across the country and an appearance on Undercover Boss. In addition to countless machines, the gyms boast personal trainers, cross training, and a schedule of group classes. Before working out, members can hit the pro shop for Under Armour gear, workout gloves, and other accessories; afterward, they can replenish their bodies with protein-infused smoothies from the Retro Blends smoothie bar.
Sisters Pooja and Cristal Sharma both had successful careers in chemical engineering and accounting, respectively, when they decided to immerse themselves in the study of yoga?s calming, restorative, and spiritual aspects. Now certified yoga teachers for more than a decade with more than 20,000 hours of experience, Pooja and Cristal guide students into seated and standing poses meant to realign the spine, strengthen the core, and increase flexibility. Their studio, Soul Power Yoga, opened in 2009 and holds daily classes that are geared toward newbies and pros alike. Special yoga classes even focus on expectant mothers or children ages 3-14. Additionally, a Bollywood Bliss class works out midsections with easy-to-follow belly dancing moves, while a Piloxing class combines Pilates, boxing, and dance. For those looking to become yoga instructors, the studio offers the RYS 200 Teacher Training program.
With a large space for free weights and circuit machines, the 4,500 sq.-ft Hybrid Fitness Studio inside Retro Fitness has the versatility of a 1,620 sq.-ft. turf field. Intent on keeping patrons entertained while breaking a sweat, the gym has the versatile Life Fitness Synrgy360. They also offer a variety of fitness classes, from bootcamps to CrossFit-style workouts, to TRX and HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Personal trainers are available to help clients work toward their fitness goals, such as dropping pounds or preparing to cartwheel a marathon.
Blue, red, and yellow pads sprawl across 12,000 square feet of gymnastic playground. Mini gymnasts fly on three sets of uneven bars, balance delicately on five regulation-sized balance beams, and launch themselves into the air on the ground-level trampoline. The instructors spot them during programs for all ages, starting with Mommy & Me classes and working their way up to competitive teams.