Next Generation Fitness 24/7's storefront gym unfurls into an expansive studio where a buzzing hive of massage therapists, personal trainers, and kickboxing coaches motivates guests at all hours of every day. The gym's signature P90X and boot-camp classes run students through a gambit of cardio, strength training, and muscle confusion—a technique for working out every muscle group and maximizing regimens. To kick-start individual workouts, coaches teach students to make the most of the amenities, which include strength- and resistance-training machines and cardio equipment such as cycles and treadmills. Carpeted side-rooms house massage therapists whose hands roam backscapes to root out soreness and muscles tension, relaxing patrons after intense workouts full of hoisting free weights or letting the treadmill take a turn running on your back.
Founded by former Indianapolis Colt Antonio Johnson and former Baltimore Raven Michael Oher, D1 Sports Training gives its members the kinds of workouts enjoyed by professional athletes. Trainers lead regular adult boot camps, helping exercisers build strength and stamina through a combination of traditional exercises and challenging obstacle courses. They work one-on-one with athletes of all levels to master certain skills or reach particular goals. They even tailor their training for younger clients, focusing as much on character building and scholastic achievement as on athletic ability and memorizing all the moves to their victory dance.
The trainers at Madison Station CrossFit aim to foster a sense of community while clients whip their bodies into shape. The ever-changing, scalable workouts challenge guests of all fitness levels and ages, from children to senior citizens. During CrossFit classes, exercisers perform functional-fitness movements that mimic activities from everyday life, such as lifting weights, swinging kettlebells, and flipping boulders.
Head Master Park and the staff at Martial Arts Academy help students find a path of total lifestyle wellness, building their physical strength and character during tae kwon do classes. Having been awarded the Presidential Sports Award and taught in England, Korea, and the United States, Head Master Park possesses the know-how to lead students of all ages, experience levels, and body types. In his classes, he teaches students valuable self-defense and martial-arts techniques while instilling the tenets of the martial-arts way: respect, self-confidence, and discipline. Martial Arts Academy follows 10 distinct teaching principles that include aspects such as staying faithful to friends, respecting elders, and celebrating every life milestone by breaking a board in half.
DeShelia V. Hughes tailors her massage style for every client. Every session starts with a discussion of any complaints clients have had recently, after which DeShelia decides what techniques from a wide range of massage modalities she'll use to dissolve their stress or pain. Her repertoire of techniques includes Swedish massage, lypossage, and myofacial, which she uses to knead away knots more effectively than Alexander the Great's favorite cat. Whether she’s performing a reflexology treatment or practicing deep-tissue or lymph-drainage massage, DeShelia makes sure to explain her approach to clients and answer any questions. At the end of a session, clients often enjoy less pain and improved mobility.