When they aren’t training NFL players such as Reggie Bush and Andrew Luck, the staff at Athletic Gaines might be seen doling out fitness tips in Men’s Health magazine or on other media outlets such as ESPN. Founded by Travelle Gaines, the gym and its squadron of coaches help clients achieve their goals by using the same techniques and equipment that they use when they coach professional athletes.
The gym’s programs include personal training and boot camps, as well as training for high-school and college athletes and NFL players during the off-season. Focused on creating a solid athletic foundation, the programs work to improve areas such as linear and lateral speed, agility, explosive power, and weight-training techniques.
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.
Head coach and founder of LA BeachFit Adam Thurtell believes that while CrossFit is an excellent workout, there are things that could be better. He set out to improve on CrossFit, and the result was LA BeachFit: an effective fusion of boot-camp-style training and CrossFit that he believes will appeal to more of his clients. Each one of Adam's outdoor small-group fitness sessions is different, incorporating strength training, cardio, and drills to burn calories and build lean muscle rapidly. Trainees shed fat as they train together in these laid-back yet challenging exercise sessions.
Tore Up is a collection of certified personal trainers who work with their clients to customize workouts and fitness goals. They offer services such as personal training, boot-camp fitness sessions, and meal and nutrition plans. Formats include group classes as well as semiprivate and individual sessions, and locations include onsite options such as homes, parks, and gyms.
Throughout her 15 years as a certified personal trainer, Karyn Graham has earned an unusual nickname: “The Butt Queen.” The moniker references her signature workout, the Karyn Technique, which firms glute muscles without bulking up thighs. Karyn teaches her eponymous classes at RPM Fitness Studio, a boutique workout venue she co-owns with her sister, Cynthia. The duo finesses clients’ physiques with rigorous spinning classes, whose minimal joint impact renders them ideal for injured athletes and knee models. Complementary Pilates classes, conducted on mats or Reformers, streamline physiques by building long, lean muscle. Five-week Slimfit Bootcamps fuse Pilates with cardio-kick, boxing, body-fat analysis, and nutrition counseling.
For nearly 30 years, Body Women Only has cultivated a safe and comfortable atmosphere where ladies of all walks of life can work out. Classes, which run throughout the day, help members boost endorphins and frighten off calories by training sweat glands to shout "boo." Sessions include yoga, spinning, Zumba, Pilates, and an aqua-aerobics class, which takes place in the indoor pool.