A successful exercise regimen involves just as much inspiration as perspiration, according to the certified trainers who helm motivFit. Their fitness and nutrition programs don't just teach participants to count and burn calories; they jump-start lives by pairing goal-focused coaching with group accountability. Designed with both fun and safety in mind, challenging outdoor workouts empower participants to make exercise a part of their daily routine. Aerobics and trail runs torch calories instantly, and weightlifting and resistance training rally the metabolism by building lean muscle mass. Group activities such as relay races build camaraderie, transforming participants into teams that motivate one another. The workouts can be tailored to any fitness level, allowing new exercisers and elite athletes to train side by side. As pounds and inches melt away, confidence grows and self-esteem blooms as boldly as a tulip watered with Buzz Aldrin's joyful tears. Nutrition resources such as recipes and meal plans complement the workouts, helping participants forge healthy lifestyles for the long haul.
The classes at Agoura Fitness blur the line between dancing, exercising, and rehearsing jabs in the boxing ring. Instructors lead a wide variety of courses designed to burn calories, many of which are set to upbeat music. Zumba routines pull from Latin dance styles for a cardio workout, whereas TaeRobics sync martial arts drills with energizing beats. Yoga classes take a slower approach to wellness with balanced poses and stretches. Other classes on the curriculum include boot camp, interval training, boxing, and Extreme Cycling—a better way to make stationary biking fun than repeatedly asking "are we there yet?"
The gym is also stocked with free weights and cardio equipment, and visitors can take advantage of these with the help of a personal trainer, or during solo workouts as early as 4:30 a.m. on weekdays.
Joshua O'Donnell may have experience as a strength and power coach for football players, a trainer for Tough Mudders and Warrior Dashes, and a Level 1 CrossFit coach, but he's keenly aware of what it's like to be out of shape. As a teenager and then again as a young adult, he found himself far heavier than he wanted to be. In both instances, he made a commitment to exercise, first because he wanted to make the football team, and later because he wanted his life back. Today, with a personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine under his squat belt, he helps fellow exercisers of all ages make the same kinds of fitness gains he has through one-on-one training and boot-camp classes.
Coach Steve Melero has a r?sum? overflowing with physical feats: college football star, competitive powerlifter, and certified performance enhancement specialist. At his Team Breakthru studio, he employs this versatile set of well-honed skills to motivate athletes to perform at their peak ability and everyday people to shed fat, build muscle, and feel great about themselves. A regimen of core-training and cardio fitness classes keeps bodies lean and powerful, while kids' recreation classes and sports performance classes foster healthy activity and habits at a young age.
James Deirmendjian had a decorated career as a brazilian jujitsu practitioner, winning martial-arts competitions and teaching submission grappling. He's parlayed that success into opening Fight Fit Training, where he helps clients get fit through boxing and kickboxing training, kettlebell workouts, and traditional lifting.
You could run 150,000 miles on one of Group Interval Training's Woodway
treadmills and never need to change its belt. But despite their equipment's shock-absorbing capabilities, the fitness instructors focus on short running sessions, which they call Sprint Intervals, in their signature Tread/TRX group fitness classes. They combine these treadmill workouts with an ever-changing lineup of strength and endurance exercises, which incorporate equipment such as resistance bands and medicine balls, or as giants call them, aspirin. The classes span 60 minutes, but according to Group Interval Training, the routines help students continue to burn calories long after they step out of the fitness studio.
Other fitness classes expand on the Tread/TRX program. Total Body Conditioning, for example, adds speed ropes, stability balls, and body‐weight-training exercises to the regimen . Though the details may vary from class to class, one thing remains constant: the support of fellow exercisers and trainers, who happily supply complimentary towels and water.