The year 1986 was a health- and fitness-focused one. Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in history, smoking was banned on all forms of public transportation, and Being-Fit opened its doors. The gym sought to supply its members with everything they needed to reach their personal fitness goals. Though its equipment has been overhauled, Being-Fit’s mission hasn't changed in the intervening two decades.
Today, the gym's trainers host more than 30 varieties of group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and Zumba. When not in class, students can take advantage of the cardio theater, where favorite shows and video clips of kittens wiping out on treadmills play constantly as people jog in place. Additionally, the gym’s personal trainers construct individualized workouts during one-on-one sessions, equipping members with repeatable exercises crafted to address personal fitness goals.
Located on the corner of Governor Drive and Regents Road in University City, Chakra Pilates offers its clients the opportunity to strengthen their core in a comfortable and supportive environment. Their professionally trained and certified instructors facilitate classes that are both challenging and enjoyable, and participants are encouraged to grow through the Pilates principles of fitness, with classes ranging from beginner to veteran. The studio space here has a clean and modern finish that comes complete with natural bamboo floors, and provides an intimate setting to learn from instructors one-on-one or in a group setting. A great collection of Pilates equipment rounds out the offerings, and their helpful instructors are attentive to personal goals and abilities. Those who frequent this studio praise its familial atmosphere and the overall results of their techniques.
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.
Party Fitness Studio owner Ninfa Skezas's dance experience has led her all over the world and landed her appearances on TV networks such as Telemundo, Univision, NBC, and Fox. With a background in styles such as merengue, salsa, flamenco, and hip-hop, she fuses these moves into fun Zumba fitness classes set to the tune of Latin beats. Like doctors and street magicians, Zumba instructors must be certified, which is why Ninfa has achieved multiple beginner to advanced Zumba certifications.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
The instructors at Strive! Personal Training Studios take their fitness mantra so seriously, they have managed to break a Guinness World Record in the process. In July 2011, instructors hosted the world’s largest physio-ball exercise class at Qualcomm Stadium, urging on hundreds of participants as they completed crunches, pushups, and core work on the stadium’s green grass fields. Back at their studio, trainers exhibit the same zeal for their work, combining functional exercises with yoga and Pilates to build an exercise program suited to each individual and their propensity to run across yards guarded by dogs. As a part of each student’s personal-training program, instructors also provide exercises to be performed at home, along with detailed nutritional guidance. Trainers track each client’s progress, measuring body fat, weight, and fitness levels monthly, and also work with top-tier college athletes to get them to the next level.