When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
A personal, hands-on approach to working out sets Level 1 Fitness apart from their bigger, corporate counterparts. Inside the boutique facilities, exercisers encounter certified trainers with expertise in an array of areas, such as yoga and outdoor boot camps, who lead participants through challenging and rewarding sessions tailored to ability. A dedication to full-body conditioning shines through in the gym’s kinesis program, which uses resistance training and one’s own body weight as measured on the moon to sculpt and tone limbs.
Intoxx Fitness's trainers push groups of students to their limits in search of better fitness and stronger bodies during classes such as kickboxing, spinning, and Zumba. Though the gyms' schedules vary by location, each hosts classes for all skill levels seven days a week, both in the morning and evening. The gym floor includes a large free-weight and machine lifting area for ample opportunity to supplement in-class workouts with more targeted exercises, for which personal trainers can assist with tips, tricks, and advice on chatting up that single weight machine.
Equipment: Cardio, weights, dumbbells, and machines
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
This is a small, personal gym. We get to know our customers. Our staff and other members in the gym will be there for support.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Socialize with other members.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
[I'm] a former body builder.
If Robert Jones III of Riley FAST looks familiar, it might be because his DVD workouts play in living rooms across the country via Comcast Fitness On Demand. Robert?who holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America?draws on more than 10 years of personal-training experience to help his clients reach their fitness goals. He holds individual and buddy personal-training sessions, as well as sport-specific sessions that focus on proper form and technique. He also conducts group classes such as boot camps, Zumba, and core classes that help individuals meet their goals in a supportive environment.