Factor X Fitness's twin 24-hour training facilities each feature more than 11,000 square feet of cardio and strength-training equipment, including free weights and fleets of treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes. The 24-hour access extends to tanning services, which offer a choice between UV-free spray tanning or booths with built-in stereo systems that allow guests to listen to their own music or a recording of bacon sizzling while tanning. Their pro shop helps fuel workouts with plenty of gear including T-shirts, supplements, and energy drinks.
Travis Perkins and Travis Dane each embraced CrossFit for different, yet similar reasons. Perkins?an Army veteran?appreciated the program's emphasis on functional, real-world movements and became so invested that he led workouts while stationed overseas. Dane also appreciated the regimen's full-body focus, which reminded him of his training as a collegiate track and field athlete. Together, they founded Red Hills CrossFit to help share their passion for the functional fitness regimen with others. Students can take advantage of the ever-changing program's scalability by controlling the load and intensity of each exercise as they heft weights, flip oversized tires, jump rope, sprint, and toss medicine balls. This flexibility allows visitors of all ages and fitness levels to safely challenge their physical and mental limits within a supportive, community-oriented environment.
Student athletes have to divide their time between the classroom and the playing field. At The B-FAAST Group, coowners Patrick and Yvette Nelson and their staff strive to make that juggling act more manageable. During their academically and athletically minded training programs, which they've coined "acathletic training," they pay equal attention to brains and brawn. Their mentoring sessions address everything from specific school subjects to broader topics such as time and stress management, and their sports-training sessions, personal-training sessions, and group fitness classes help mold all ages into the shape of legendary strongman Magnus Samuelsson.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Named after the Australian slang for “have a go,” the Avago Mud Run encourages each runner to have a go at a mud-ridden 5K obstacle course. The path is peppered with myriad obstacles ranging from a tire wall and farmer's walk to a hay mountain and mystery challenges. All obstacles are optional; however, runners who don’t complete an obstacle will not be eligible for final placement. Unlike Karl Malone’s birthday shindig, the after party is open to everyone and entertains the masses with live music and beer as they clean up and party down. A portion of all proceeds goes to benefit the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.
Lead by Master Chad Wilbur, a sixth-degree black belt, Martial Arts Fitness Academy offers comprehensive martial-arts classes for students of all ages and ability levels. Wilbur realized that students enter into martial arts for a variety of reasons, so he's designed his programs to focus on more than just learning basic skills—they teach self-defense, self-esteem, and building life skills as well. Programs include tae kwon do, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and Israeli self-defense classes.