Jump ropes hiss through the air, spinning around fighters conditioning for an upcoming match. Sparring partners send each other to the ropes of the blue and white boxing ring with furious blows. Green mats cushion the full-body takedowns during Brazilian jujitsu matches. Top Notch Fitness & Boxing's entire facility echoes with grunts of effort and the cries of coaches demanding one more rep, punch, hop, or kick from each student as they hone their skills and strength in mixed martial arts and conditioning classes. The staff of fighters pushes students—beginners and professionals alike—to perfect their combat technique while shedding pounds, building muscle, and testing whether punching bags can feel pain.
Champions Boxing Gym's team of tenacious instructors help clients hone strength, speed, and discipline through a range of boxing and martial arts classes. There are co-ed boxing classes, but some lessons are geared specifically toward women or children. Learn to fight MMA-style in their submission grappling class, or take a more advanced sparring class if you've got a little experience under your belt. Kenpo karate and kickboxing round out the class selection. The spacious gym is filled with speed bags, heavy bags, and bags that are programmed to say "ouch" when you hit them.
“Routine is the enemy,” say the trainers at CrossFit Alpha Dog, whose students never see the same workout twice. Since the body adjusts to repetitive workouts, the team keeps it guessing by mixing up exercises with unpredictable combinations of organic movements, sprinting, plyometrics, and gymnastics. These workouts are designed to improve functional strength—practical musclepower that head trainer Tommy Moon calls upon during his firefighting career and that students may need when carrying an injured person to safety or a healthy person to a salad bar.
The gym itself reflects this functional approach. Gymnastic rings dangle from webbings of monkey bars, and a wide-open space offers ample room for lunges, sprints, and push-ups.
3-D/4-D ultrasounds at Stork Snapshots offer a crystal-clear view of a fetus’ face as he or she doggy paddles around in the womb. Mothers-to-be between 24 and 36 weeks pregnant meet with a certified ultrasound technician in a comfortable setting that eschews the cold sterility and derisive clowns of a hospital. The spacious, physician-owned studio accommodates up to four additional guests as stunning images reveal active offspring sucking their thumbs and wiggling their toes. After the session concludes, its memory remains in video form on a DVD, still images on a CD-ROM, and on glossy prints.
CrossFit Paradox’s co-founders, Luke and Chris, are both CrossFit-certified trainers with varied athletic backgrounds that include grappling and martial arts. At CrossFit Paradox, they lead students through Workouts of the Day (WODs), which incorporate moves from various fitness platforms including strength training, cardio, gymnastics, and plyometrics. Workouts are performed with high intensity at intervals of varying length, fusing moves such as body weight exercises, weight lifting, kettlebell training, rope climbing, and dips on suspended rings.
Robert Kapustka runs Kaboomska Fitness's boot camps from a sprawling back yard?a setting that would be downright pastoral if not for the tires, sledgehammers, and kettlebells scattered across it. The diverse range of equipment enables full-body, station-to-station workouts that can be modified to suit various fitness goals, from losing weight to demolishing small buildings more efficiently. Kapustka also works with clients one-on-one during personal-training sessions.