When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes?including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba?offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
With multiple degrees in fitness and nutrition, Victor Dean Training’s eponymous owner has curated his gym and climbing center to focus on clients’ overall health. Victor hand-selects all the gym’s brand-name equipment for its efficacy and usefulness in a well-rounded fitness regime, ensuring clients aren’t toiling away on weight equipment and cardio machines that fail to offer results. The staff pairs standard gym memberships with options such as personalized sessions and nutritional counseling that build up health like cyborg organ implantation.
At Master Chong's Tae Kwon Do, Grandmaster Sun Chong?a former head coach for the US National Tae Kwon Do Team?and a team of talented instructors help students kick and punch their way across cushioned mats. Kids as young as 4 don crisp white uniforms and learn basic martial-arts techniques while improving their focus and self-control. Adults, too, can learn self-defense skills, burn calories, and boost their confidence in an encouraging environment. The instructors also hold classes for the entire family so kids and parents can build camaraderie while chopping their way through blocks of wood and sheets of metal.