AFAA-certified fitness instructor Kari Fundingsland did three decades' worth of research before opening Kari Kardio. Beginning with her first Jazzercise center in 1983, she amassed group- and personal-training knowledge at gyms stationed from the United States to Australia. She took note of club fads and their effects, and experimented with different exercise styles to create the Kardio Flex System—a malleable workout template that allows instructors to pair her proven exercises with their own music playing over speakers or inside their heads. Today, more than 30 group classes per week at Kari Kardio attest to the breadth of her industry savvy.
With backgrounds in competitive athletics, personal training, and other high-level fitness activities, Kari Kardio’s teachers pair time-tested training methods with the latest workout trends. Their classes—which run the gamut from spin to kickboxing to strength training—accommodate all experience levels with safe exercise modifications. Treadmills and stationary bikes line the 9,000-square-foot studio, helping students chase their fitness goals and complete stationary paper routes when not attending classes.
World Gym is a no-nonsense fat-blasting factory outfitted with more than $250,000 in brand-new equipment, a friendly staff, and professional personal trainers. Spinning classes are offered daily, and with more than 50 new spinning bikes, presenting myriad opportunities to embark on imaginary bicycle rides through the sunlit streets of Paris circa 1953. Professional trainers, such as Cathy “Cat” Griffith, winner of several NPC Women’s Figure Championships, are available to help take exercise regimes up a notch, and more than 60 cardio machines, circuit equipment, and a garden of free weights round out the spacious interior. Childcare is available for grandparents whose children refuse to spot for them, and weekday hours of 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. make sure that surly early worms and coffee-jitter night hawks have equal access to the bench press.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, tone up, or work around an injury, Tina Johnson can develop a routine, and help you stick to it. Johnson––a marathon runner and Ironman competitor––has worked as a personal trainer since 1989, and has experience training everyone from teens to seniors to those suffering from knee problems, back problems, injured rotator cuffs, and disco fever. But whatever your particular needs, she offers private, semi-private, and group sessions that will help you set and reach achievable goals.
Personal trainer and founder Dayhanna Acosta has transformed years of unhealthy eating habits and a distaste for exercise into an intense passion to spread her proven weight-loss system to others. Fat2Fit provides a judgment-free, team-based support system to encourage weight loss and help boost self-confidence. Acosta's sessions burn upwards of 800 calories by working every muscle in the body. The 40-minute routines include a mix of core conditioning, circuit training, suspension training with TRX systems, short distance running, defense maneuvers against bacon-encrusted bacon, and more. Fat2Fit programs are safe and challenging for all experience levels and ages, whether you’re looking to shed a few inches or begin training for the phonebook-tearing world championships,. Equipment is provided; clients only need to bring along water, a mat, and the gusto to mercilessly part ways with stowaway pounds. Classes are scheduled Monday¬¬–Friday from 5:45–6:25 a.m. and 7:30–8:10 p.m.
West Coast Boot Camp is a gym with no walls. Trainer Stacey Lins eschews stagnant air and clanging machines for wide-open spaces, turning clients into all-terrain exercisers. Groups take to sandy beaches and synchronize crunches with the waves or pour into empty parking garages to bang out pushups on cool concrete.
Just as the workouts scale to students of all fitness levels, they extend to those of all ages as well. The center's CrossFit Kids program is designed to help children and the adults who play them on TV build a solid foundation for a fit, healthy life by challenging them to fun, functional workouts that mimic the movements they do every day, such as jumping, pulling, running, and climbing. Like the adult version, CrossFit Kids is just as beneficial to less-active children as it is to youth athletes, as the challenges are scaled to each student's ability and success is measured on an individual level.