Shine Alternative Fitness helps all types of fitness goers achieve health goals. Named one of the 20 “Coolest Clubs in America” in Shape magazine’s 2013 Gym Awards, the center’s founders are both Cirque du Soleil veterans: Dima Shine, a solo artist in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, and Russ Petroni, Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas production manager.
The duo’s passion for performance arts shines through in each of their classes. In their Aerial Arts courses, for example, students develop upper body, core, and grip strength while wrapped in silks that hang from the ceiling. Meanwhile, antigravity classes have students striking balancing poses while suspended in the air by silk hammocks. To round out their coursework, the team also offers an array of more traditional gym classes, from boxing sessions to Zumba, ballet, and hip-hop.
The exercise experts at Body Fit Las Vegas guide guests toward healthy hearts, toned muscles, and increased self-confidence at 64 weekly boot-camp sessions. A seasoned coach such as owner, trainer, and U.S. Army veteran Marcus Niemo equips students with moves that build stamina, core strength, and dioramas of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Each class teams cardio with isometric exercises to work all of the major muscle groups, providing a balanced workout that helps prevent injuries at the gym and comic wipeouts when skipping through fields of banana peels. The teacher can also help campers monitor their tickers and adjust the workout’s intensity to torch a maximum number of calories by hitting their target heart rate and uprooting fields of snapping Venus fly traps.
At Elevé Training Studios, head instructor Alfredo Brandt, along with an experienced staff, leads participants in specialized cardio and core-fitness workouts designed to elevate body and mind. The studio's signature Elevé Tramp classes use trampolines to raise heart rates, putting less harmful stress on joints than many conventional workouts.
It’s typically said that two heads are better than one, so four must represent an improvement of exponential proportions. The theory certainly holds true in the case of Ultimate Training Center’s four founders, whose heads are chock full of exercise information gleaned from years in the fitness industry and owning their own fitness businesses. They decided to join forces, bringing their many disciplines under one roof. Sue Harragan and Tawnya Christian focus on the ballet-inspire barre fitness classes. Fifteen-year personal training veteran Mike Alexander teaches Schwinn spinning and TRX suspension techniques to build muscle and endurance. CrossFit guru Chris Lewis rounds out the lineup, brining intense cross training and kettlebell classes to the gym.
Guests entering a David Barton Gym for the first time might think they've accidentally wandered into a nightclub, and be tempted to trade their athletic shoes for a pair of high heels. The celebrity-studded gyms have cropped up in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and aim to transport exercisers from their everyday lives into a wildly imaginative fitness playland whose statues, artwork, velvet sofas, and dramatic lighting are reminiscent of a movie set or fashion runway.
The Las Vegas location was personally designed by antiestablishment fitness legend David Barton, who told the Las Vegas Review Journal, "This gym will give the local Las Vegas audience an environment that's the alternative to the mainstream health club that they've become accustomed to." The 30,000-square-foot gym offers miles of cardio stations, each with their own LCD TV, as well as experienced personal trainers and yoga for all skill levels. The unconventional space resounds with music from international deejays and features an over-the-top locker room rumored to be the favorite alias-donning spot of numerous superheroes.
Mommy & Me West brings together local moms so they can socialize while their little ones play and interact with their peers, learning to share and make friends. The club coordinates daily activities such as arts and crafts and music sessions, as well as play groups, parties, and Mom’s Night Out events. These entertaining and educational experiences contribute to Mommy & Me West’s goal of facilitating child development from birth to kindergarten and fostering relationships between the community's parents. As a nonprofit organization, the group is run by volunteers and membership fees go toward funding events.
After a lifetime of martial arts, rock climbing, snowboarding, and biking, Jake Soteros discovered one system that prepares him for all kinds of intense activities. That’s CrossFit’s system of varied functional-movement exercises designed to enhance performance in every kind of physical enterprise, from scaling a boulder to carrying a bag of dog food. So, he opened Free Style CrossFit to teach others the effective method that also promotes healthy diets and lifestyles. He also appreciates CrossFit for its scalability, easing the uninitiated into the system with a seven-session intro program before unleashing them into the high-intensity routine of ever-changing daily workouts.