Most Elite Gym in America

Yahoo! by Amy Rushlow
August 6, 2015

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis muscles through a workout at Unbreakable Performance, a Los Angeles-based training center that’s become a hot spot for pro athletes and Hollywood A-listers. (Photo courtesy of Unbreakable Performance)

Tucked away in the former location of the Roxybury nightclub on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, you’ll find Unbreakable Performance, one of the most cutting-edge gyms in America. Step inside and you’re bound to spot top names in movies, music, sports, and business, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Puff Daddy getting their sweat on. The baller atmosphere is part of the gym’s secret sauce: “Our motto is ‘success breeds success,’” says Unbreakable Performance founder Jay Glazer, a FOX NFL analyst and MMA trainer, who fittingly appeared in a cameo on The new HBO comedy series Ballers.

One of the first things you notice about Unbreakable Performance — other than the famous faces — is that it couldn’t be more different from your typical big-box gym. There are no elliptical machines or stair climbers — not even a traditional treadmill. There is no spinning studio, no trendy juice bar, and no membership card to scan — the entire staff knows your face, knows your name, and knows your story.

Odell Beckham, wide receiver for the New York Giants, puts himself through a hip-opening exercise routine. (Photo courtesy of Unbreakable Performance)

Four squat racks line the walls, framing an immense mural by Gabe Richesson, “artists to the athletes.” The mural is emblazoned with “UNBREAKABLE” in bold block letters and portraits of some of the many superstar athletes affiliated with the facility: Chuck Liddell, Dashon Goldson, and Anthony Barr, to name a few.

In the small lounge, business honchos chat up pro athletes. About a dozen people — men and women, stars and citizens — work out on the training floor with a handful of the gym’s trainers, all of whom have experience training athletes at the professional or collegiate level.

The celebrity clientele definitely gives Unbreakable Performance a cool factor. (Glazer runs the facility along with a team of high-profile partners, including longtime friend and Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher, Olympic volleyballer Lindsey Berg, and restauranteurs Craig Ley and Tony LaPenna). But on a recent visit, Yahoo Health was more impressed by the facility’s emphasis on exercise innovation, injury prevention, and self-competition. Here are five lessons we learned:

1. The gym should be your oasis “When most people go to a gym, and that includes me, as I’m driving up, I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to get out of there,” Glazer admits. “You’ve got to love the place you go to, and that’s what we try and offer more than anything else: You cannot wait to get in here and hang out with us.”

MMA trainer and Unbreakable Performance founder Jay Glazer demonstrates a move on the gym floor. (Photo courtesy of Unbreakable Performance)

Case in point: Clients regularly show up an hour early just to hang out, bust chops about what happened over the weekend, and talk shop. “We’ve made it a place where you cannot wait to get in here and work out,” says Glazer. “That’s huge. It’s your one place your problems cannot touch you. It becomes your oasis. You need that.”

2. Go hard on your muscles, easy on your joints All of the equipment at Unbreakable Performance is designed to take stress off the joints, which allows you to work out harder and with a greater frequency. “The less pounding and stress you put on your joints, the healthier you’re going to feel, the better you’re going to feel, and the more you’re going to be able to work out,” Glazer says. “We want you to be able to come in every day and train.”