The fitness instructors at each of Body Sculpting's dozens of gyms lead their customers in the fight to stave off osteoporosis, increase lean muscle mass, improve cardiovascular fitness, and lose weight. During fitness sessions, they teach visitors the proper form and principles of the gym's flagship Body Sculpting program, which focuses on cardio and weight-training exercises that often require only a set of 5-pound dumbbells, an exercise mat, and a stretch band. They augment this central program with a range of other classes that delve into barre-fitness techniques, exercises for the abdominals and core, workouts for the back, and cardiovascular training. To help customers achieve their fitness goals and continue fighting crime past bedtime, the gym sells products such as stretch bands used by physical therapists, heel-elevation boards, and instructional manuals. Trainers also help customers stay fit with an exercise of the month that draws from techniques such as Pilates.
At Willowick Fit Body Bootcamp, the certified personal trainers burn fat without pelting students with intimidation tactics. Instead of shouts, they slenderize students with science, motivating them through workouts designed to keep calorie furnaces burning for up to 30 hours after the workout has been wiped off and wrung into a Corvette’s gas tank. They help their clients achieve these prolonged metabolic crescendos with strategic combinations of cardio exercises and resistance training.
With locations in 24 states, it’s safe to say Fitness 19’s approach to fitness has piqued exercisers’ interest. Each gym houses Life Fitness cardio machines and Hammer Strength strength-training equipment, as well as a staff of personal trainers who oversee one-on-one workouts and a group of caretakers and professional ranch hands who wrangle the kids' area. Certain locations also offer group classes such as the senior-oriented Silver Sneakers program.
Inside The Bar CrossFit's 6,000-square-foot facility, an electric-green graffiti mural forms the backdrop for all the barbells, kettle bells, benches, and squat racks that fill the space. This is the scene for every Workout of the Day performed in the facility, each led by a member of its staff of Level 1 coaches. Participants may find themselves tackling a new functional-movement workout with every visit, but sweat and exertion are constants. Commitment has its rewards, though: in addition to the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the completion of every workout and well-executed classmate chest-bump, regular CrossFitters will see marked improvements in strength, balance, endurance, and agility.
The backbone experts at Pinnacle Chiropractic’s network of seven offices straighten spines to help clients manage pain. A free initial evaluation helps doctors determine the source of each ache, whether it be a sports injury or a work-related repetitive motion, such as giving the intern their daily noogie. Adjustments aim to realign the bones of the spine, and massages release knotted muscles, helping to treat the underlying causes of clients’ complaints. Refusing to limit themselves to the office, Pinnacle’s physicians also unfurl their tender touch at sporting events, festivals, and lunch with stiff-necked in-laws.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.