Trainer Griffin White understands how easy it is to slip into a lethargic lifestyle. As a child, he slowly replaced sports and physical activity with a steady diet of junk food. Eventually, when hefting the extra weight he had gained grew tiresome, Griffin enrolled in the National Academy of Sports Medicine and whipped his body back into shape. Today at Mind Muscle Fitness, Griffin liberates clients from superfluous pounds using kettlebells. Exercisers swing the bulbous weights through arcs that power up multiple muscles at once, much like river dancing while directing traffic.
Griffin's kettlebell boot-camp classes, set to pulsing music, enlist this unique range of motion to tone and limber up bodies as up to 25 attendees blast through cardio and strength-building routines. He switches up workouts each class, keeping both minds and muscles engaged to speed up results more safely than outfitting a treadmill with hyperdrive. Appropriate for all skill levels, the boot camps include individual attention from Griffin, as do his personal-training sessions.
Although many of The Bar Method's exercises take place at the ballet bar, the program is only partially inspired by the long, lean musculature of ballet dancers. Created by Burr Leonard, the workouts also incorporate the brief, fat-burning bursts of activity known as interval training and the muscle-shaping techniques of isometrics. Combine all this with the science of physical therapy, and you get The Bar Method: an intense yet safely designed approach to exercise meant to cinch the silhouette, increase muscle definition, and boost energy all day long. Sessions introduce beginners to basics, such as maintaining good form and refraining from breaking out into Swan Lake choreography.
Firm Body Evolution pairs age-old practices with modern technology to help people look and feel younger. The fitness center specializes in natural weight loss and detox treatments on a cellular level to promote overall health, all the while focusing on relaxation. FBE's eclectic services work alone or in harmony to treat a slew of ailments with whole-body-vibration treatments, Jade Infrared Sauna sessions, and machine-assisted lymphatic compression massages. The generous 4,500-square-foot facility features private treatment rooms and more rarified amenities including an alkaline water station, aromatherapy-infused air, and free parking for commuter hot-air balloons.
At Muscle Under, boxers pound heavy bags and Cybex weights clink as Pilates classes strengthen and tone clients. Helmed by Australian head trainer Steve Thornberry, the 3,200 square foot facility boasts a fleet of name brand exercise equipment from Precor, Bodymaster, and Tectrix, as well as a dedicated Pilates area with multiple reformers. All trainers study and learn under Steve, and help craft unique fitness programs suited to the goals of each new client.
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.
Elevation Fitness’s coaches and trainers believe in functional fitness—a style of exercise meant to condition the body for facing life’s daily rigors. Based upon biomechanical principles, functional training increases strength and range of motion to decrease the potential for injuries or waking up one morning as a cyborg. Trainers draw exercises from a wide range of sources, strapping clients into the yellow TRX suspension harnesses that dangle from the gym’s exposed wooden rafters or stretching and strengthening muscles with reformer-enhanced Pilates routines.