Gaetano Aramini’s website features a video of the trainer sitting on his clients, pinning them to the ground as they let loose onto punch pads strapped to the dedicated trainer’s hands. It's all in a day's work for Gaetano, a personal trainer who brings 29 years of martial-arts experience and a decade in the fitness industry to his job as head of his business. In addition to working one-on-one with clients, Gaetano also leads small-group personal-training sessions, which bring an element of camaraderie into the physical challenges. Group training takes place indoors, just like food fights and boot camp. The 60-minute boot-camp sessions led by Gaetano or another instructor are composed of half strength training and half interval cardio and designed to challenge a variety of levels. Patrons can complement their training with guidance from the on-staff holistic nutritionist, who imparts her dietary wisdom via video chat.
Certified personal trainer Katelyn Brown first immersed herself into the fitness industry in 2008. Since then, she's trained clients privately, has led groups through sweaty boot camps, and has even worked with hockey players off the ice, coaching them how to walk in public without checking pedestrians into walls. At Perseverance Fitness, she puts this experience to use helming signature BootyCamp sessions—all-women fitness classes that use body-weight movements to tone troublesome areas such as the arms, core, and backside. Katelyn, who is also a certified TRX suspension-training ambassador, also captains TRX boot camps, which allow participants to perform hundreds of exercises by leveraging gravity against body weight with a series of specialized straps and bands.
Tired of feeling unfit and unhappy with their bodies, husband-and-wife team Barry and Jana Ratzlaff decided to make a change. They registered for a fitness and weight-loss challenge, and have since revamped their physiques and lifestyles. Today, 50 and 25 pounds lighter, respectively, Barry and Jana have made it their mission to help others change their lives while having fun.
To that end, their mostly outdoor fitness facility spans 10 acres of cedar forest. But the natural expanse is more than idyllic hiking grounds. Twenty challenges obstruct winding, wooded trails, through which Barry and Jana lead small groups in flipping heavy logs, balancing on cedar beams, scaling rope walls, and outrunning beavers. When the weather isn’t ideal, they bring their fitness expertise indoors to their fully stocked studio for one-on-one personal-training programs, which can include weight-training, cardio counseling, and nutrition planning.
At the peak of his athletic career, Scott Midgley ranked fourth in the world in muay thai kickboxing. Nowadays, he helps clients reach the peak of their own athletic careers—whether that entails a global ranking or simply a healthy body—at his 17,000-square-foot fitness studio, Total Body Fitness.
Group fitness classes combine collaboration and coaching to keep participants motivated, and spinning sessions slowly transition from flat roads to mountain paths to help clients train for their paper routes. For solo workouts, the gym supplies free weights and an ergonomically designed circuit area and cardio centre. An infrared sauna complements fitness regimens, catalyzing calorie burning and minimizing cellulite; tanning beds in standup and prone formats help patrons attain an even glow.
At Push FX Training, certified personal trainer Jaime Schmid designs intense group boot camps and personal-training sessions. Her outdoor boot camps include games, fitness challenges, and intense interval training, helping clients lose weight, tone muscles, and enhance agility. Personal training is tailored to each client's fitness goals, which can include anything from weight management to preparing for a marathon. Those programs take place outdoors, at clients' homes, or at Jaime's home studio. She also offers small-group training for up to four. As a certified postnatal fitness specialist, she's also qualified to assist new moms with their exercise routines.
Certified trainer Carrie Light leads a team of fellow trainers who follow her emphasis on building the self-esteem and physical health of their clients. Her background in kinesiology and sports informs the design of Training 4 Life’s fitness classes, which ramp up heart rates and engage fast- and slow-twitch muscle fibres in the upper and lower body. She keeps classes small and the teacher-to-student ratio close, so that she can devote attention to each student’s technique, form, and safety.
For 19 years, the Sportsplex gym at Total Fitness—under one name or another—has provided a venue for locals to work out and be a part of a "true community gym." The private health club elevates heart rates and feelings of camaraderie in group fitness classes such as yoga, aerobics, or karate. Private trainers teach individuals custom routines, and nutritional experts revitalize and revolutionize diet plans. Blue pads rest on the white metal frames of machines, coordinating exactly with the paint colours on the walls. Wall-mounted televisions glow, interspersed among painted, empowering words and quotes, such as, “The most important thing about goals is having one,” spoken by Geoffrey Abert when describing the game of soccer.