Certified personal trainer and youth fitness specialist Marcia Sugar-Clark understands how hard it can be to balance everyday demands with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As a working mom herself, she has had to make a concerted effort to keep fitness in her life, through running, cycling, and strength training. At Fitness Revolution, she helps clients of all ages and abilities make fitness a pivotal part of their lives, tailoring her programs to meet each individual's specific needs and personal goals. Whether her clients participate in private, semiprivate, or group personal training, she works one-on-one with each person to forge an effective and safe exercise experience. Her boot-camp-style routines focus on achieving functional fitness, helping clients perform everyday tasks with more vigor and strength, such as heaving bags of groceries, scaling stairs, or outrunning the many feral packs of neighborhood dogs on their morning commutes.
ARC Performance doesn't cut corners when it comes to sports training. Its vast facility is the sports-equivalent of Wonka's chocolate factory, with 20 yards of indoor turf, a mondo track, and NFL-ready run rockets to build explosive power and speed. Olympic-quality weights and weight-training machines round out the gym's muscle-building arsenal, and the staff of expert trainers uses each piece of equipment to help their clientele reach their peak potential during group or individual training sessions. The workouts, designed around functional power, increase sports-related conditioning and help prevent injury. The gym's other services include therapeutic massage and highly custom training for specific sports, including staring contests with goldfish.
Matt Kuhlman, a fitness instructor and owner of The Sweatshop, likes to maintain a fun atmosphere. For starters, he keeps a list of lighthearted rules for his employees, one of which is ?all employees must be able to dance, sing off key, and change into a bunny suit in less than 10 seconds.? Yet for all the gym?s silly workouts, its group fitness and boot-camp classes are no joke, combining a hearty mix of body-weight and plyometric exercises to keep exercisers engaged and help them lose weight without just moving to the moon.
With a 25-meter indoor lap pool, steam and sauna rooms in each country club style locker room, Whirlpools, Spivi indoor cycling, and new cardio & strength equipment, Sky Fitness has become a cutting edge fitness center. Its soaring floor-to-ceiling widows allow the sunshine to pour in as members jog around the indoor cushioned track or get competitive on the indoor basketball and volleyball courts. Kids burn off their own energy and cotton-candy reserves in a secure and supervised area while their parents work out.
The space is so huge that it encompasses four separate yoga studios; Avani Yoga, where eight yoga formats are available, Agni Yoga which features five different hot yoga classes in a brand new state-of-the-art studio, along with distinct studios for Aerial and Mighty Body Band. Alongside the yoga classes, the nearly 100 exercise classes offered each week at Sky Fitness include everything from arthritis-control sessions in a therapy pool to Pilates, spin classes, bar method, and Zumba.
Rush Performance: Personal Training Studio's certified trainers take positive attitudes and community support so seriously that if you complain during your trial of the Team Rush training program and bring any negativity, you won't be able to join Team Rush. And that would mean not torching hundreds of calories and toning up during strength, cardio, and sports conditioning sessions and high-intensity interval circuits.
Even the personal training requires supporting your fellow exercisers as it usually involves small groups of two to four working out together and forming a human pyramid to place any junk food out of reach. The trainers often use the FitRanX fitness-testing system to determine how fit a person is before they start Rush's programs and to monitor their progress throughout.
Any martial-arts education involves hard knocks and tough falls, but U.S. Elite Martial Arts & Fitness Center cushions the blows with its 4,000 square feet of matted floors. Atop them, trainees exchange blows in boxing and muay thai kickboxing classes. Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling, and judo fighters perform takedowns as elegant as they are brutal, following up with holds and joint locks that immobilize an opponent’s body. The center also trains children in self-defense, tying their lessons into school to raise grades and impart nonviolent antibullying techniques, such as calling a playground summit.