Through 45- to 60-minute boot camps that mix cardio, strength, and toning exercises with a healthy dose of encouragement, the trainers at CORE work their students into shape. They change up each session, doing anything from circuit training one day to tabatas the next. It’s a system designed to stave off boredom and produce results while using conventional as well as unconventional equipment such as sledgehammers, battle ropes, and sleds. To reach overall fitness, they also offer grocery store tours and kitchen makeovers, educating clients on nutrition and organization.
Led by a staff of instructors that includes a NASM-certified personal trainer, a three-time Ironman competitor, and former professional athletes, HEAT's group classes push patrons to new fitness levels with sweat-spurring routines featured on ABC 11 News. Inspired by Navy SEAL workouts, Tread & Shred TRX treadmill interval training pits guests against their own body weight as they dangle from suspension cords or web shooters brought from home. Short stints on neighboring treadmills provide a cardio kick-start between exercises.
Rapid Fitness is well-equipped to help renovate North Carolinian body-temples, offering high-end machinery, helpful staff, and lots of positive vibes. During your month of calorie zapping and muscle toning at one of Rapid's fully stocked facilities, amplify your experience with a MMA Boxing class at either the Glenwood or downtown location. The MMA program teaches the techniques behind boxing, mixed-martial arts, muay thai fighting, and more, rendering even first-time fighters ready to powerfully deflect projectile waffles. You'll also be able to attend unlimited group fitness classes during your membership (Pole Fitness not included), and an included one-hour fitness assessment will help you break down your goals into easy-to-handle, alphanumeric systems.
The fitness staff and certified personal trainers at O2 Fitness propel bodies through fitness classes and personal training in an upscale facility with more than 100 pieces of cardio equipment, brigades of strength machines, free weights, and an outdoor turf training area. Engaging instructors lead more than 50 group classes per week, such as BodyPump, yoga, and cycling, motivating students to shed calories and tone muscle. During two sessions, certified personal trainers impart exercisers efficient techniques that help to maximize workouts—such as staying awake—and tips on managing a proper diet. Slap soles against treadmills while watching the ceiling-mounted LED flat-panel televisions, and pamper muscles in the showers or saunas. For the duration of the 10 days, onsite childcare providers will watch over little ones, keeping them safe from flying free weights, clanging kettlebells, and yoga mats that swear loudly when stepped on.
At Vault Yoga, massage therapists keep the stressors of the outside world at bay with an industrial-strength bank-vault door. A few years ago, owner Patricia, a former aerobics instructor, fell head over heals for the healing postures. After she earned her 200-hour certifications, she started looking for a studio space that embodied the inner peace and physical strength yoga had brought her. After a lavender field filled with Mr. Universe contestants fell through, a century-old bank, complete with an old-timey vault, seemed just the ticket. Now, along with a team of instructors, the studio invites students of all abilities and experience levels to limber up in classes that range from gentle Yin fusion to rigorous Vinyasa flow and cleanse coaching. Vault also staffs a massage therapist for bodywork, cleanse coaching, and yoga-inspired apparel.
As Studio Hargett’s owner, Marideth Stiller helps customers get in shape by drawing on nearly two decades of fitness experience—including training in Pilates, yoga, and aquatic exercise. She didn’t waste time leaving her mark on the four-year-old studio, moving it to an expansive new location within the Pine State Creamery Building that gives her team of instructors room to spread out during their weekly Pilates, yoga, and cardio classes. Though these classes range from restorative yoga to ballet burn, they all offer a non-competitive environment in which students can improve their strength and flexibility to the point where they can use their own arms as a jump rope.