Navy Special Operators are recognized as some of the world's most feared warriors. Run using the same aquatic training program that tests the mettle of real-life divers and explosives techs, Hellbender's Amphibious Bootcamp sends exercisers plunging in and out of the water as they blast through a blend of calisthenics and aquatic exercises. A diverse collection of former sailors, soldiers, and firefighters lead the classes, shouting encouragement as as students switch from pushups and pull-ups to freestyle, breaststroke, and sprint swims. Movable obstacles including sandbags, weights, and decommissioned bathyspheres also wait beneath the depths, challenging endurance as they bulk up screaming muscles. Classes welcome all fitness levels, but exercisers should be able to tread water, swim at least 25 yards without stopping, and arrive with their own goggles and swimsuit.
Talia Jimenez knows what it takes to get in shape. After the birth of her daughter, Talia was determined to shed the excess weight from her pregnancy and leave her diet of fast food behind. She not only found success with exercise and healthy eating—she learned how to help others find it, too. At L.E Workout, Jimenez and fellow coach Erick Ramiro lead group classes that blend weight training and cardio to blast calories and build lean muscle. They also run weight loss challenges and offer up nutritional supplements that complement workouts.
The trained instructors at Urban Acrobatics run, tumble, and dance their way across a 14,000-square-foot gym that welcomes guests of all skill levels. Inside the creative movement room, padded obstacles and landing mats help students learn the unconventional gymnastic art of parkour before taking their skills to FreeRunning City?a course that simulates an urban environment with building structures and construction pieces to spring from. The 5,000-square-foot fitness room features wood flooring and a wall of mirrors that reflects classes ranging from yoga to break dancing led by instructors who bolster a community feel in the gym by equally engaging newcomers and familiar faces.
At CrossFit MOB, mind prevails over body as trainers lead groups through a new Workout of the Day (WOD) every day. In their gym, which CrossFitters refer to as a “box,” groups perform a variety of exercises at high intensity for short intervals. Workouts can be scaled for all fitness levels, and often include exercises such as running, rowing, weight lifting, kettlebell moves, as well as rope climbing and gymnastics-inspired exercises.