• For $63, new members get a two-month household metro membership plus joining fee (a $252 total value). • For $42, new members get a two-month adult metro membership plus joining fee (a $166 total value). • For $15, current members get $30 toward a class or program.
Founder Rachel Curtis drew on her faith when starting P31 Fitness—the name derives from a passage about women in the Bible's Book of Proverbs—but also on her extensive health and wellness background. After finding a need for women's exercise classes, she and her husband developed P31, which grew into scores of franchises across the country. P31 offers women support in their fitness goals as exercisers challenge themselves, aiming to achieve spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical happiness. The fitness modalities include cardiovascular, kickboxing, Pilates, and circuit-training sessions, among others.
While CrossFit’s mix of strength, cardio, and gymnastics training leads to full-body workouts, CrossFit 70’s certified trainers love the system for the camaraderie it fosters. All classes feature everyday movements to prep participants for daily activities, but they also feature motivational instructors and peers that push each other to reach their goals. Workouts change daily, side-stepping the boredom of broken-record routines. CrossFit 70 appreciates the scalability of CrossFit as well, which means they can tailor each workout to suit all fitness and experience levels.
The Women's Weight Loss Retreat brings women together for two days of support, discussion, and education to tackle the emotions and nutritional habits that lead to weight gain. Lectures from weight-loss strategist and St. Louis Boot Camp founder Johnny King inspire guests to latch on to self-acceptance and inner peace, which he believes is the foundation of lasting change. Next, Fox 2 News’s nutritional spokesperson and registered dietician Jennifer McDaniel steps in to fill mental toolboxes with new strategies for healthier eating, which may include training an army of bees to snatch away junk food. In addition to a supportive group atmosphere and professional advice, visitors receive two books on nutrition and a 65-page workbook that outlines the weekend’s work and lays out steps toward success after the seminar ends.
Melissa Flores grew up dancing, but ultimately became fascinated with the focused movements of Pilates. After completing a 700-hour training program under the guidance of one of Joseph Pilates's protégés, she felt ready to fulfill her childhood ambition of teaching and opened Pilates For Life in her own home. Three years later, she was able to acquire more space and equipment to accommodate the growing student base, relocating to the studio where she and her team of instructors work today. To ensure students receive the utmost guidance, Flores requires her team of instructors to complete the same rigorous training program she did. Because she emphasizes personal treatment, her staffers also learn how to adjust their lessons for students of all skill levels. This attention to detail allows them to modify exercises on floor mats or Gratz-manufactured apparatuses according to each client's past injuries and specific goals. Relying on hands-on corrections and in-studio polygraph machines, they see to it that participants are truly taking away the maximum benefit from each core-bolstering move. To further flex physical boundaries, they also helm a variety of yoga courses.
Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions.
At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 12 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.