Featuring exercises that vary each session, boot-camp classes at Body by Buck prove that there's a difference between a workout and a routine. Founder Buck Buhler isn't fond of routine himself; he spent time as a football player, a wrestler, a personal trainer, and even a firefighter. His boot-camp sessions take advantage of his diverse fitness experience, helping participants of all fitness levels improve their condition through widely varied exercises including agility drills, core strengthening, weight training, and relay.
Sports & Fitness's seven locations facilitate calorie-burning activities with free weights, cardio equipment, and group fitness classes, while pampering clients with relaxation-inducing amenities. Members perspire and tone bodies while meeting the demands of a certified personal trainer in one-on-one training sessions, or while pedaling next to fellow fit-seekers during group cycling classes. The group fitness classes also include yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and Zumba, varying by location and the whims of Cratus, the god of strength.
As parents scorch calories with weight- and circuit-training equipment, they can rest assured that their youngsters are in responsible hands in the child watch area; a playfully decorated room filled with toys and 5 pound rattles.
In a quarter century, one could earn six bachelor degrees. By that metric, Lynn Devaki Ganz is pursuing her seventh BA in teaching yoga and spiritual leadership. The certified yogi offers classes for all levels at her studio, Ananda Yoga & Wellness. Lynn draws on the traditional posture of Hatha, Vinyasa flow, Pranayama, and meditation. Smaller class sizes allows Lynn and her certified instructors to fit them into a coin purse, sure, but it also allows the flexibility to customize the classes to suit the needs of the students, ensuring more advanced students can sink deeper into the postures and that newcomers learn how to inhale in a controlled, practiced manner. Meanwhile, yellow walls, wooden floors, and glowing spheres of light hanging from the ceiling set a relaxing mood in Ananda Yoga & Wellness’s studio.
At Trim Up, a gym run for and by women, trainees exercise independently on meticulously cleaned machinery or bask in the communal vibes of workout classes in disciplines such as yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. The gym’s whole-body vibration plates stimulate rarely used fast-twitch muscle fibers, working 98%–100% of muscles up to 3,000 times per minute, a feat usually only achievable when measured in dog minutes. The center’s detox diet retrains stomachs to crave healthy foods by sifting out late-onset allergens. Members can also enjoy discounted onsite sunless spray tans, which bronze skin to a choice of three shades with Mystic Tan’s MyMyst System.
Located in Matthews, Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy offers instruction in martial-arts disciplines such as jujitsu, jeet kune do, and muay thai. With fitness-kickboxing classes and programs for kids and adults alike, the experienced instructors at this light-filled studio not only help clients burn calories and build muscle but also teach them discipline and self-respect. All classes introduce students to self-defense moves; they then learn to grapple, punch, and kick with efficiency as they gain strength and confidence.
In addition to conquering triathlons, Regina Gunn has put her athletic prowess to use transforming college-level football, tennis, and soccer athletes into optimum versions of themselves, earning herself a feature in July 2009’s issue of Shape magazine, according to staff. She eventually founded Gunn’s Fitness with Air Force Staff Sergeant Kevin Ardnt to bring her fitness expertise to the public. The duo draws from military conditioning techniques and athlete-level speed and strength-training programs, boiling these complex sciences down into one-hour sessions. They work in a vast facility lined with free weights, dumbbells, state-of-the-art strength machines, and giant exercise balls pilfered from the toy chests of Brobdingnagian toddlers.