Jess Thomas, the mastermind behind the military-style boot camps at Bootcamp with Jess, draws inspiration from his US Army and law enforcement careers, striving to shock patrons into making life-changing decisions about their health with his high-intensity "no pain, no gain" fitness philosophy. Bootcamp with Jess’s five locations resound with emphatic and loud positive encouragement given by Jess's troupe of fatigues-sporting instructors.
The boot camps commence with a five-day “hell week,” in which guests strap on 30-pound vests and perform weight-training, agility, and endurance exercises. Throughout their physical trials, patrons learn about the body's muscle groups and how to wrestle the exercise machines into submission long enough to complete a workout. At the end of "hell week," students honor their hard work during a graduation ceremony, where they shed their weighted vests and have their measurements taken to mark their starting statistics before embarking on their five-week fitness journey. Boot camps are complemented by sports massages and nutritional guidance, ensuring that all parts of the body are taken care of and patrons take a well-rounded approach to their wellness.
The dress code of each fitness class at Onyx tells a lot about the curriculum: the shorter the shorts, the better in the pole fitness classes, as contact between the bare skin and the pole helps keeps students in gravity-defying inversion. Meanwhile, it’s better to wear long pants for the aerial fitness classes—you can avoid rope burn this way while climbing the silks that hang in the spacious aerial studio. These two types of classes make up the majority of Onyx Pole and Aerial Fitness Studio’s classes, and though the classes are fun, the instructors take the fitness aspect seriously, too. To that end, they offer boot camp, bodyrock, and core pole classes to help students achieve their overall fitness goals.
Darla Davis can fly. Suspended from long, flowing silks, she tumbles through the air with grace and elegance, creating movement that's athletically and aesthetically impressive at the same time. An experienced performer, she has honed her skills on the aerial silks with guidance from some of the same trainers who work with Cirque du Soleil. When she's not performing, Davis introduces others to the world of aerial acrobatics, teaching children and adults challenging and exhilarating moves. Classes at her sunny studio include hand/body balance and aerial yoga.
After turning in his marine uniform and becoming a full-time student, Tom often found that he didn't have time to exercise and cook nutritious meals. It was only after enlisting the aid of a fitness trainer that he was able to transform his eating habits and exercise his way back to sculpted muscles and chiseled abs. Today, Tom draws from his own fitness experiences and guides others at a his own training center—Trainer Zone Fitness. Within his professional studio, Tom conducts both small-group and personal-training sessions for fitness seekers of all abilities. He designs workouts to be creative and challenging, combining traditional weight, body-weight resistance, interval, cardio, and flexibility exercises into dynamic routines.
The safety-certified coaches at Olympus Gymnastics have taught talented tumblers that have gone on to participate every year in the Junior National Olympics and Utah State Championships. Students ages 3 to 15 years can pick from a schedule of floor-tumbling classes, dropping into the facility once a week to increase their physical dexterity, hone their mental determination, and develop their vocabulary for pommel-horse whispering. Coaches teach tots the basics during classes, and leaping adolescents limber up their bodies in tiered levels and earn their way toward airborne flight, vaulted exploration, and bar-gripping acrobatics. The experienced staff evoke a positive and encouraging atmosphere, in which every child receives individual attention, support, and an opportunity to take an honest bow that wasn't earned by being the first to throw pudding across the school cafeteria.
The trainers at Pure Workout have stripped away the glamour of giant, impersonal gyms. They usher guests into a no-excuses zone where simple weights and calisthenics reign supreme, leading their classes with a potent mix of fitness expertise and tough love. Their routines vary, but each boot-camp session sparks friendly competition between attendees as they flip tires, heft weights, and sprint up hills. With no regard for noncommittal members who sneak helium into their kettlebells, the staff prizes Pure Workout's exclusive atmosphere—a quality that earned the gym a feature on NBC 5 and the title of CityVoter's Best Boot Camp in 2012.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on physical wellbeing with a cornucopia of equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or a random street man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training equipment, cardio equipment, or cardio theater, which features television screens. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary-schoolyard workout. Members also enjoy access to Snap Fitness locations worldwide, ideal for working out while traveling.