Drawing from the tradition of strenuous workouts and dedication to good health found in the CrossFit ethos, CrossFit 702’s instructors hone and tone bodies with a system of functional movements, one-on-one attention, and an intense gym atmosphere that keeps workouts engaging and fun. Each trainer boasts a remarkable resumé, all with CrossFit certification and unique experiences that range from semipro sports training, years of service in the Navy or Air Force, volunteer firefighting, and throwing oncoming asteroids into the sun. Throughout the gym’s austere, yellow-and-black airplane-hangar atmosphere, they help students build strength with constantly scaled-up regimens of daily workouts, kettlebells, deadlifts, and sprints. Their pupils keep track of their own progress through rigorous self-assessment and nutritional guidelines.
Building useful, practical strength is what students work toward when they step into City Athletic Club. The gym's team of coaches lead classes that emphasize strengthening "primal" movement patterns?movements humans perform every day, such lifting a bag of groceries, or placing a heavy box on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's head.
In the name of building functional strength, the team has filled nearly every inch of City Athletic Club's 48,000 square feet with something to lift, toss, tackle, punch, or swing on. When not hefting kettle-bells or swinging sledge hammers, students can step into the MMA training cage or stroke laps down the 25-meter swimming pool. Afterward, saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms await to ease sore muscles or draw out toxins.
At PFC CrossFit, there are no shortcuts or gimmicks, and goals are reached the old-fashioned way: through hard work. Every session poses a set of different challenges built around a pre-determined workout. One day, exercisers might incorporate box jumps and pull-ups, and the next, they might have to hit the deck while battling through rounds of burpees. No matter the workout, PFC’s certified trainers lead with expertise and intensity. Small class sizes make for a more personalized experience, allowing those trainers to work one-on-one and quiz exercisers with multiplication tables when they are most tired.
Las Vegas Iron House prides itself on being a no-nonsense gym, the kind of place where a bodybuilder could prepare for an upcoming competition. Its mirror-lined interior is furnished with Hammer Strength equipment, cardio machines, and more free weights than Paul Bunyan's basement. For exercisers who want some instruction and direction, the facility employs a team of seasoned trainers to lead FitX interval class training and boot-camp classes, including a bodybuilder, a fitness model, and a FitX interval class training level one trainer and mother of two.
Constant repetition isn't the best way to enhance fitness results. Camp Rhino's fitness courses emphasize variation above all else, whether that means tackling the CrossFit WOD (workout of the day), participating in boot camps scaled to individual ability levels, or preparing for different tasks on the obstacle course. Rhino's 10,700-square-foot facility houses myriad strength training equipment and a full multilevel obstacle course designed to prepare clients for mud runs, obstacle races, and awkward job interviews. Boot camps include outdoor portions as well, where gym-goers throw logs and pull tires to build muscle.
City Athletic Club's 50,000-square-foot modern facility includes a medical weight loss clinic, workout studios, and state-of-the-art exercise equipment. A small machine that delivers data that helps dieters come up with effective weight-loss plans is also within this space. This device, dubbed the MetaCheck, captures exhaled oxygen during a simple 10-minute breath test and determines how efficiently a person is burning calories. With this metabolic information, one can make more sensible nutritional choices and play the resulting numbers in the lottery.