As a 23-year-old junior, Tom Hatten didn’t spend his evenings at the raucous parties or ice-cream socials associated with college life. Instead, he’d spend the waning hours of his evenings waiting by the dryer for the last batch of towels before collapsing into bed. In the morning, he would lug them to Mountainside Fitness, the gym he opened as a student that he has thrown all his energy into maintaining ever since.
Today, the humble 4,800-square-foot space has bloomed into nine gyms that average a sweeping 41,000 square feet. Tom’s vision of creating a friendly neighborhood gym that greets each guest with a warm towel underscores every decision he makes for the different locations, from the colorful kid-care spaces to the entertaining group fitness classes. Personal trainers plan regimens tailored to each client, helping them lose weight, build muscle, or target the muscles that will help build a better golf game. Clients can create their own routines with the help of cardio and weight machines, or explore the different amenities at each location, such as saunas, rock-climbing walls, and indoor basketball courts.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At first glance, Empire Fitness's mission statement appears simple: "Abundant health is available to everyone." When you stop to consider the implications, though, the mantra takes on a new complexity. Recognizing that true wellness is a multifaceted concept, trainers offers whole-body services designed to work alone or in concert with one another. Their fitness classes' diverse workouts accommodate small or large groups, and their personal training sessions' one-on-one attention preps athletes for competition.
While these training regimens often grab the spotlight, the center's commitment to healthy living doesn't stop once the last rep is complete. Nutritional counseling targets health's dietary components, and massages performed by certified therapists increase mobility and circulation with a series of expert kneads. Many clients opt to combine these services into custom packages, while others blueprint their own journeys. No matter what form their wellness journeys take, clients work toward their goals in a safe, friendly workout environment designed to let bodies "relax and repair."
Lacy Anderson, the calorie-burning wonder behind Entourage Fitness, knows what the human body is capable of when pushed to its limit. Every month, members at her fitness center enter into the 60-day challenge, completely remaking themselves during a month of intensive, small-group workouts. Gym-goers can avail themselves of four classes, including suspension sessions which use body weight to engineer strength- and flexibility-building exercises. BOSU classes use inflated half spheres to fine-tune balance, while trampoline classes strengthen cardiovascular systems and allow exercisers to see if the rafters need cleaning. RAGE circuit training uses high-impact resistance and weight exercises to jumpstart fat burning and efficiently build muscle.
For someone who has worked in the fitness industry for more than 15 years, Chrissy Shaver rarely finds herself at the gym. Instead, the ACE-certified personal trainer usually holds her fitness classes at the studio or in her clients' homes. That's not the only way Chrissy sets herself apart from other coaches and instructors. She's also known to keep muscles guessing by calling them by different names and frequently changing her workout routines.
In addition to personalized one-on-one workouts, Chrissy leads group fitness classes in non-contact cardio kickboxing, TRX suspension training, and other exciting disciplines. She also helms a program an athletic development program for youths ages 10-18.
The certified personal trainers at Personal Power Training travel to various fitness studios, clients’ homes, or outdoor locations on a mission to burn the fat off their trainees’ bodies. They call upon years of experience to find the right exercises to help clients see results as quickly as possible and get them motivated to continue until goals are met. In addition to losing weight and building muscle, they also focus on improving sports performances and boost quality of life by relieving pain carried in the back, neck, joints, and gills.