Inside Omega Wellness & Sports Performance Center hardworking clients lift free weights and perform functional movements. Large panes of glass allow light to freely flow in, creating a naturally lit work space that has helped clients attain optimal fitness levels in a safe setting. The expert trainers lead participants through intense OmegaFX classes that use functional exercises to help develop strength and endurance in all the body's muscle groups. They also lead yoga and corrective-exercise classes. Fitness seekers can also procure a MyZone belt at the gym, which keeps them on point by calculating and tracking burned calories, heart rate, and other fitness data in real time.
Josh Foster not only brings a positive attitude to workouts, he also brings accolades, having been named the area's best personal trainer by Lagniappe. As Josh The Trainer, he pushes his clients toward their fitness goals with one-on-one personal-training sessions as well as group boot camps. Personal training begins with a consultation in which Josh takes new clients' weight and body-fat measurements and discusses personal fitness and dietary goals, outlining a game plan for future sessions. Boot camps, on the other hand, include a variety of small-group exercises that incorporate weights, kettlebells, and bands.
Bolstered by a master’s in exercise physiology and a passion for body-sculpting competitions, Sarah Longshore opened Empire Fitness, a 24-hour gym stocked with modern equipment and amenities including a childcare center. She can often be found on the gym’s floor working out on Cybex leg-curl machines, offering words of encouragement to fellow exercisers, or curing dumbbells’ fear of heights in the weight room. Accompanied by a crew of experienced instructors, she offers group classes that motivate participants to burn fat by stepping on and around a step machine and singing along to an energetic soundtrack pulsing from overhead speakers. Also on the slate of classes are calorie incinerators such as barbell-heaving BodyPump and dance-based Zumba.
FIG, an acronym for "Food Is Good," legitimizes its name by crafting a menu that's built out on a foundation of fresh, organic ingredients from fair-trade growers. Like an elastic tongue-band, FIG's varied collection of comestibles fits every taste—entice snowballing appetites with swiss-cheese-and-bacon dip, served hot and accompanied by toast rounds ($4.99). Handheld dining commences with the chicken-pesto panini sandwich, with Boar's Head chicken, pesto, mozzarella, and caramelized onions in the warm embrace of rosemary-olive bread ($7.99). The filet mignon mollycoddles tasters like a princess's poodle, featuring a grilled-to-order tenderloin with roasted baby potatoes and a roasted red pepper stuffed with goat cheese in a balsamic reduction ($15.99). Diners stand and applaud as the chocolate cobbler gracefully concludes the third act of their meals, topped with all natural vanilla ice cream and served in iambic pentameter ($5.66).
Sean Dickson knows firsthand how fitness can equate to survival. He spent 10 years in the Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, attending Ranger School, and working as a recon scout in Iraq and as a special forces medical sergeant in Afghanistan. He found CrossFit when he returned to Alabama, and has since set PRs that include a 465-pound deadlift and a 5:37 mile. Along with his fellow instructors, Sean leads students of all levels through intense workouts that use Olympic weightlifting equipment, stumps attached to chains, and kettlebells to build strength. The class schedule includes three strength-building classes a week, with the rest of the classes based on metabolic conditioning and the art of ripping off a T-shirt.
At Balance Personal Training Studio, trainers Michael Meadows, Scott Fell, and McNeill Strang guide groups through rigorous cross-training exercises, which aim to tone all major and minor muscle groups over the course of one hour. Army vets Michael and Scott and long distance runner McNeill know that muscles respond to high-intensity workouts with diversity, meaning that a wide variety of moves comprise each session. There are only 4–10 clients in each group, but for even more individualized attention, clients can opt for personal-training sessions.