Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training, weight training, and light alligator wrestling, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.
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 medical team at Yepez & Contreras Life Fitness Chiropractic and Acupuncture believe the best doctor is the body itself. Relying solely on drug-free and noninvasive techniques, they tap into the body's ability to recover from common aches and chronic ailments. Treatments such as spinal adjustments and acupuncture rebalance the body's internal energies, and their massages make patients feel as calm as a mountain lake filled with decaf coffee.
The certified personal trainers and former military machos of Extreme Boot Camp are half drill sergeant, half high-school football coach, half mathematician, and all expert. They want you to go tactical on flab but not without realistic encouragement and support. First, these legionaries of lean will uncritically assess your level of fitness. They'll take down your measurements, weight, and body-fat percentage so you'll be able to tangibly record your progress. Then, after receiving some sound nutritional guidance to aid your ascendance to health, you'll be drafted into a squad of equally athletic peers who you'll bond with through muscle burn and un-ironic high-fives.
PickUp USA takes the infamous pitfalls of pickup basketball—uneven teams, sloppy play, and incessant arguing over fouls and whose mama gives the best hugs—and replaces them with officiated and organized game play without the restrictions of a league. Its members hit the courts in a pristine 17,000-square-foot space, which features a lounge, a stretching area, and courts built by the designers who create them for the NCAA and NBA. Here, California Basketball Officials Association–trained referees officiate one-on-one to five-on-five games every day and night of the year. Though they are unscheduled, the matchups unfold in an organized, staff-guided fashion, a scoreboard keeps track of points, and a constantly running clock keeps games rotating.
Combining a wellness center, spiritual headquarters, and a bookstore, Revelations Yoga Vedanta Books & More helps its students and clients find inner peace and self-healing. Doctors, licensed acupuncturists, therapists, instructors, and healers offer a host of services, from yoga therapy and acupuncture to reiki energy healing and hypnosis for wellness. Come in for a challenging Vinyasa Flow yoga class, where flowing postures link with breath, or treat chronic pains and depression with an acupuncture session to allow energy flow to move freely through the body. Clients can browse the extensive onsite book collection—with more than 1,000 yoga, spirituality, and meditation titles—or simply bask in positive energy before a pampering bodywork service.
In the unusual parlance of the Hunger Runs 5K, runners are “dedications,” teams are “organizations,” spectators are “assemblies,” and the race is known simply as “the hunt.” The race’s creators, the “huntmakers,” devise a series of obstacles specifically designed to encourage teamwork and camaraderie, and they set up “challenge centers” demanding expert bow-and-arrow skills, simian climbing abilities, and courage in the face of flaming objects. Organizations that finish fastest or with the most points in their designated wave earn bragging rights, awards, and cheek pinches from their proud grandmothers. Dedications are strongly encouraged to wear fun costumes and comfortable sneakers and to come bearing team spirit and the will to win.