The certified trainers at Push Personal Fitness propel clients toward fitness goals in classes filled with encouragement and personalized tips. Like a trip to the airport in a clown car, classes are 60 minutes long and can accommodate up to 10 people. Brimming with energizing songs and high-intensity movements, kickboxing classes torch calories as they tone arms, legs, and abs. All-levels boot-camp classes build muscle mass and cardiovascular endurance with functional fitness equipment, such as gymnastic rings, kettlebells, and rowing machines. Yoga classes melt stress with flowing poses designed to cultivate strength, flexibility, and focus. During personal-training sessions, teachers motivate students to boost their heart rates and build lean, healthy muscle with 30-minute high-intensity workout sessions.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, fitness frontierswomen move around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis.
Personal trainer Sara O'Leary founded SO Fitness because she wanted a brightly lit studio where clients could participate in personal training, group training, and boot camps using classic equipment. Though it resulted in a great place for her to work with many of her clients, she discovered that some people felt more comfortable working out at home, so she expanded her offerings to include virtual fitness training.?Using a high-speed Internet connection and Skype, she connects with clients wherever they may be, providing real-time feedback as they work out with personal equipment at home or a favorite cafe with free WiFi.?
Sara also increased the variety of fitness options offered at her studio by bringing certified Pilates instructor Courtney Holcomb in to lead small group mat classes. The exercises focus on strengthening core and muscles while keeping bodies in proper alignment.
The personal trainers at Big Impact Fitness get a thrill out of watching their clients achieve their fitness goals. As such, they're dedicated to each individual they work with, designing programs catered specifically to that person's health and fitness needs. Along with personal training, Big Impact Fitness also offers Warrior Workout programs, where participants use everything from body weight to tires to chains for an intense, dynamic workout.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($49), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A personal training orientation familiarizes sheepish biceps with their new, confidence-boosting dumbbell friends. Highlight the results of this fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program with one month of unlimited tanning ($20 value) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze. As an added bonus, this Groupon waives the $99 enrollment fee.
Valley Athletics's vast facility empowers exercisers to pursue their favorite sports and fitness regimens side-by-side. Four indoor hard courts host regular tennis leagues and lessons for kids and adults. The nearby air-conditioned viewing area also houses a pro-shop, with all the equipment to restring rackets on which too many air-banjo solos have been played. Teams of competitors enjoy year-round soccer leagues or hone their skills in classes on the 27,000-square-foot indoor turf field, which supports the use of cleats. The fitness facility itself, along with the sports training center, houses eight personal trainers and sports performance specialists who help clients hone their physical skills, on, off, and hidden in the field.