After an ankle injury cut Coach José Ramos’s football career short, he started helping others get ready for competitions or simply to look their best through expert guidance and fitness training. With professional certifications from national sports medicine federations and years of experience as an athlete and boxer, Ramos helps his clients achieve fitness goals no matter their body type, skill level, or age. Private personal training sessions push students to strengthen their bodies through customizable workout regimens, while small-group and boot camp classes give pupils the support of a tight-knit community of athletes. With a focus on one-on-one or small-group sessions and functional kettlebell and sandbag exercises, Prime Performance keeps its students fit without asking them to spend tedious hours shuffling along on a treadmill or wrestling with an exercise droid.
For more than 25 years, Doctor of Chiropractic Ottavio Nepa suffered from debilitating migraines. They were so severe that oftentimes his only recourse was to curl into a ball until they passed—which could sometimes take up to two days. Though he had endured countless tests and previous chiropractic visits, a chance chiropractic appointment with an Atlas Orthogonist cured him of his pain, thereby changing his life.
Just as Atlas carries the weight of the world on his shoulders without blinking, Dr. Nepa felt that he, too, had a weighty responsibility. Devoting his life to dispelling chronic pain, he graduated from Life University’s College of Chiropractic with honors and then studied the Atlas Orthogonal technique for an additional two years. Armed with this extensive knowledge of the human body, Dr. Nepa now works to relieve symptoms of debilitating pain using various techniques, including Atlas Orthogonal, massage therapy, spinal decompression, laser treatments, and active release. Using a client-oriented relief-care method, Dr. Nepa employs his techniques to help rid bodies of chronic pain, allergies, pinched nerves, and a spectrum of other maladies.
Now that Dr. Nepa enjoys a pain-free life, he has the opportunity to pursue his other hobbies, which include playing guitar in a local band, fishing, and riding his motorcycle.
Aiming to beautify its clients inside and out, the instructors at Serenity Yoga and Wellness Spa guide their patrons in zapping stress with five types of yoga and nurture their skin with signature facials and massages. In an effort to spread even more benefits, they regularly host workshops, philosophy classes, and family yoga. Students line up their mats on hardwood floors in the studio, where windows let natural light flow across sky-blue walls.
Devoted exclusively to indoor cycling, High Velocity Indoor Cycling Studio houses 12 Spinner NXT stationary bikes, allowing for small and intensely focused training sessions. The interval-based workouts are led by a team of trainers who make custom playlists to match the tempo and intensity of each session and blast them over the studio’s immersive sound system, motivating their students through each 45- to 60-minute session.
At CKO Kickboxing, combatants wage one-hour battles against an army of heavy bags. The weighted punching bags dangle in two long rows as participants unleash flurries of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows upon them until they agree to personally train them. CKO's instructors emphasize the fitness aspects of kickboxing over a traditional martial-arts education, peppering sessions of punches and kicks with plyometrics and cross training to sculpt and strengthen the entire body. Students of all skill levels are welcome in each class, and beginners are encouraged to progress at their own pace.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
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