David Blay at Forest Fitness
Nationally certified trainers, who collectively boast backgrounds in personal training, fitness, and military service, challenge students to set goals and strive to achieve them during one-on-one sessions and group classes. Within a 3,500-square-foot facility lined with rows of free weights, exercise balls, and chin-up bars, trainers motivate students in boot camp, self-defense courses, or group-training sessions with a back-and-forth dialogue not unlike those in scenes from Rocky and Ernest Goes to the UFC Championship. The trainers can also map out programs to address and strengthen specific muscle groups during personal-training sessions or can engineer sport-focused regimens that improve power and coordination in games such as soccer, basketball, and golf. Exercises that incorporate Bosu-ball work and heavy-rope training prepare clients for police and fire exams by improving mental focus and techniques for unwrinkling uniforms.