As the official training center for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Summit Sports Club greets guests with a wide array of alley-oop-grade facilities for physical fitness. Smack tennis balls and biceps into shape in one of Summit's four full-size indoor tennis courts or five indoor racquetball quadrangles.
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.
Aiming to increase energy levels with the adrenaline-boosting effects of exercise, Gloria's Energetics Studio flings open its doors to clients six days a week. Inside the studio, upbeat music sets the pace for intense Zumba sessions or combination aerobics classes.
Mayra D. Martinez is in love with Zumba. A certified instructor, she wants to help others have the same fun and success with weight loss that she’s had on her journey to becoming an instructor. At each one of her one-hour classes, participants will dance and work out to the thumping, fast-paced beats of Latin music, burning calories and gaining strength while enjoying a dance class with a like-minded community.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary at McAllen and Edinburg locations.
Whether trainer Joey Rodriguez is staging his boot camps indoors or outdoors, the workouts primarily consist of body-weight exercises. So clients can expect a varied lineup of sit-ups, pushups, and, if the location has a tree that's the shape of a leg-press machine, leg presses. In addition to Rodriguez's fitness knowledge, clients benefit from his motivational tactics, which include holding exercisers accountable for their weight-loss efforts through biweekly weigh-ins.