Eclipse Fitness's 10,000 square feet of gym space bolsters bodies with a battery of weights, strength-training and cardio machines, fitness classes, and a staff of professional trainers. To get fit with a group, pop into a 60-minute spin-and-sculpt class, which burns fat with a combination of cardio and weight training, or lengthen and strengthen with one-hour Pilates sessions devoted to core-buttressing. Elliptical trainers, Nautilus Nitro machines, Hammer Strength equipment, free weights, and gravity provide a solo flab-blaster with a multifaceted die of health, ready for casting. Groupon holders also receive a one-hour personal training session, where fitness goals are outlined, refined, and transformed into a plot to take over the world, one muscle striation at a time.
Defining CrossFit can sometimes seem like trying to hit a moving target. It improves the body's ability to function in ten domains of fitness, it dreams up different workouts everyday, and it encompasses an ever-expanding repertoire of techniques. It’s almost easier to describe CrossFit by discussing what it's not.
"We have no ellipticals, no smoothie bar, no mirrors, and no excuses," say the coaches of CrossFit Royse City. Instead, they focus on hard work, combining modern techniques such as swinging kettlebells and using resistance bands with classic workouts such as Olympic-style weightlifting or recreational barn-raising.
A respite form cold mega-gyms and trendy fitness programs, Slo*Fit's team of expert trainers help students build functional strength with helpful one-on-one guidance informed by time-tested exercise science. Aspiring athletes of all ages individually consult with fitness professionals to devise a full-body weight-training regimen that steels skeletal muscles during 30-minute sessions, with plenty of rest in between workouts to allow for recovery and muscle growth. Armed with the knowledge of biomechanics, trainers help their pupils build bone density and burn fat while minimizing the risk of injury or damage.
The playing field is level and accented in aqua at LOA Fitness for Women, where health is a community endeavor. The gym houses special strength-training equipment with 5-pound pin-adjusted weights that, by virtue of being lighter, prevent injury and foster healthy muscle development. On-site babysitting services and an all-female crew of personal trainers similarly break down physical, practical, and emotional barriers to women's well-being. Eleven types of group movement classes, including Zumba and Pilates, re-enforce the feeling of sweat-bonded camaraderie that permeates the ranks of treadmills and bikes, and nutrition counselors equip women with the skills to make healthy choices at home.
LOA Fitness also offers team training, which incorporate equipment such as kettle bells, balls, and sandbags, and group fitness classes, which include kickboxing, yoga-lates, Zumba, and much more. During automated spa treatments, women step into tranquil chambers that rejuvenate muscles and skin.