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.
The instructors behind Science of Self-Defense don't stop at teaching clients how to defend themselves. They also focus on general fitness, improving their students' speed, strength, and forcefield projection abilities during classes such as raw combat conditioning. What's more, they know that self-defense isn't entirely a physical art?their courses on workplace safety, behavior training, and threat management all hone in on the mental aspects of preparing yourself for an aggressive encounter.
At each Gold's Gym, temperature-controlled group exercise rooms host yoga classes, and exercisers in a nearby cardio cinema room pedal and jog while watching full-length films. A cycling room and functional training equipment such as ropes and kettlebells afford further options for varied workouts. Alternatively, Gold's Gym personal trainers can guide workouts, ensuring clients are using proper form and getting the most out of their exercise regimens.
Shea Brock is the fun-loving tour de force behind Boro Hoops, where she leads invigorating hula-hoop exercise classes. If you get into hooping in a big way—and chances are you will—you can buy one of Shea's custom hoops suited to your size and color preferences.
After two years studying under the creator of the BarreAmped workout, Jen Ashcraft brought her certification and BarreAmped license to Murfreesboro, where she now teaches daily, dance-inspired classes. While the method is influenced by classical ballet techniques, Jen requires no dance experience to participate. During each session, she teaches small, isometric dance movements with yoga-like concentration and Pilates core work to build lean muscle mass. To achieve the full effect of each exercise, Jen has students hold certain isolated poses and make movements so subtle they could fool any laser security system in a movie. In more advanced classes, Jen introduces cardio elements to burn fat and calories. At Barre, 11 Fitness, Jen has created a haven for health and wellness through her robust class schedule and mind-body emphasis.
Former nurse and wound-care coordinator Kira Whitaker believes that in addition to exercise, true wellness requires personal strength and a respect for our bodies. At Arden Yoga & Wellness, she and the team of instructors harnesses help guests of all ages and abilities stretch toward healthier lifestyles. To make sure each student gets the most out of the sessions, every sequence can be modified to suit experience level or a paralyzing fear of sweat. Classes such as Arden Flow, Arden Power, Arden Sculpt, Prenatal, and Mommy & Me can help tone muscles, strengthen bodies, and improve the mind-body connection. Arden Yoga & Wellness further helps guests blast past their fitness goals with other wellness boons, including meal plans, nutritional advice, and weight-loss blueprints.