Julie Johnston founded Boot Camp Las Vegas in 2005, when—after unsuccessfully trying to lose 60 pounds through a battery of exercise techniques—she considered enlisting in the military solely for the physical challenge and camaraderie. Upon reconsideration, she decided to reclaim some turf from the lazy birds in nearby parks and stage her own workouts to build the physical and mental toughness she knew she was capable of developing. Today, a team of instructors—all certified personal trainers who have completed 64 days of boot-camp training—preaches Johnston's program to exercisers of all fitness levels. To help monitor and maximize workouts, they stage weigh-ins, take measurements, perform physical-fitness tests, and dish out a nutrition packet to shed light on healthy eating.
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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.
Nevada Ballet Theatre will launch its 39th season on October 15 with its Fall Series tribute to the late Robert Joffrey. This unprecedented performance will feature the combined dance powers of four of the nation's leading companies: Ballet West, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and the Nevada Ballet Theatre. NBT dancers will kick off the evening with fluid, impressionistic movements that passionately recall the beauty of Degas paintings without subjecting the audience to overly talkative art historians with turpentine breath. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will take the stage to perform the pas de deux from Gnawa, followed by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's rendition of Jorma Elo's Red Sweet, a hyperkinetic blend of robotics and pirouettes. Danceophiles can also wiggle their feet fingers in anticipation of a special preview performance of Jiri Kylian's joyous Sinfonietta, danced by Ballet West.
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 designed by antiestablishment fitness legend DavidBartonGym, 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 and features an over-the-top locker room rumored to be the favorite alias-donning spot of numerous superheroes.
It might come as no surprise that a professional bodybuilder-turned-personal-trainer would name his fitness venture More Pain Please, but Michael Harris doesn't just mean physical pain. He believes that a truly effective fitness regimen addresses the mind as well as the body. To achieve this, he custom molds fitness regimens to an array of body types and lifestyles, always keeping the client's fitness goals in mind. He implements these plans inside the Las Vegas Athletic Club's modern facilities—but if clients prefer a more natural environment, he can also schedule sessions amid the greenery of local parks. Michael Harris is also certified in First Aid and CPR, ensuring he can get clients safely through their workouts.
Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, the machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.