Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness first opened its 35,000-square-foot fitness centers in 1979, and the specialists have since maintained a commitment to helping their members lead healthier lifestyles. They work in partnership with hospitals and medical professionals to stay keen on current research, turning this information into personal-training programs and professional advice for members of all fitness levels. In addition to programs in fitness and recreation, health education, and nutrition, Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness offers more than 60 group fitness classes. Members can shake up their routines with group cycling, yoga, and Pilates sessions, or tune out the surrounding world while burning calories on TV-equipped cardio machines. Member amenities also include basketball courts and an aquatics center in addition to outlets for kids including a youth activities center and babysitting services for kids that are tired of pretending to be their mom's fanny pack as she works out.
Certified CrossFitter and owner David Tripp puts his Army and outdoor-adventuring experience to work during intense cross-training routines at Land Warrior CrossFit. Along with his team of knowledgeable and skilled instructors, he teaches the CrossFit system because of its universal scalability, able to prep people of all ages and fitness levels for every kind of physical activity. They do this by employing functional-movement exercises that enhance power, agility, and speed, while toning all muscle groups.
After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, certified instructor Gina McCray turned to yoga as a way to help improve both her mental and physical health. Now the teacher at Inner Light & Soul Yoga, Gina leads groups of about 12 yogis through the bends and stretches of Kripalu yoga. The yoga style goes beyond stretching the body, employing meditation to flex the mind and the spirit more effectively than using telekinesis to levitate a diary. As the mother of a child with special needs, Gina also offers a specially designed session for special-needs children aged 12–17 on Saturday mornings. Inner Light & Soul's tranquil studio sets the scene for refreshment with bright green walls and a painted mural.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Led by Brian American, the black-, brown-, purple-, and blue-belted instructors of Team Link Martial Arts lead students of all ages through all the techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts. Classes focus on the technical aspects of grappling and holds before letting students test out the moves they just learned while sparring. The instructors also offer grappling lessons to children, helping them learn discipline and get fit under the tutelage of positive role models. Women-specific training includes self-defense classes that tailor Brazilian Jiu Jitsu moves to real-world situations.