Barking orders for more than 20 years, The Sergeant's Program's head sergeant Chuck Dyson and his dedicated troop of more than 50 sergeants and personal trainers transform figures with military-style fitness sessions. The program provides a knowledgeable instructor to lead recruits through cardio, core, flexibility, stabilization, and resistance training while creating camaraderie amongst fellow fitness platooners. Though each day is fueled with running drills and calisthenics, Mondays and Fridays will be focused on increasing lower body and flank strength and Tuesdays and Thursdays will be geared toward upper body workouts. Cardio-intensive Wednesdays are solely dedicated to getting the heart pumping, sweat streaming, and reshaping rumps flattened by years in stagecoach-driver seats. Although the sergeants utilize a tough-love approach to push clients to their fullest fitness factor, the atmosphere is kept personable by their injections of light-hearted humor and giggling quartets of chipmunks.
After meeting the physical demands of army training and working for two decades in the fitness industry, president of Custom Fitness Concepts Tom Kalka channeled his health and fitness savvy into CFC's training programs. His expert team of personal trainers visits homes and corporate offices to lead patrons in custom workout routines. Furthering fat-burning efforts, educational seminars on conditioning, nutrition, and orchestrating funerals for annihilated calories prime attendees for a salubrious lifestyle shift. CFC instructors also chisel away unwanted fat with a boot-camp series, whose ever-shifting medley of calisthenics and strength training was deemed the country's second-best boot camp in 2008 by Exercise TV.
Equipment: Smith Machine, Body Solid Dual, a functional training station, and TRX equipment
Students should bring: Bottle of water and a towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Every client is different. But with so many fad diets that make unrealistic promises, the disappointment that comes from not achieving those results often causes people to quit. I'm different with my clients. I tell them from the start that they must be 100% committed to both exercise and a strict nutritional plan to reach their goals. I'm available to them in any way I can to support them. Once they start seeing the results of their hard work, they are motivated to even work harder and never quit.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
I've been interested in fitness for as long as I can remember. I first started training my friends when I was in grade school. Having my own business as fitness trainer is not just a business to me; it is my passion.
Clarence Duhart, owner and head trainer at CD Fit, believes that with the right support and motivation, everyone can achieve their fitness goals. That’s why he and his crew of trainers strive to make everyone feel like they’re part of a team, motivating them to work together in group activities and to inspire and encourage one another as they tackle his 60-minute high-intensity boot camps. Along with creating an atmosphere of camaraderie, the workouts are designed to combat boredom and challenge participants of all levels. No routine is the same, and each class combines a variety of fitness modalities. During any given session, clients could expect to do exercises lifted from yoga and intense cardio, strength, core, and plyometric training—think push-ups and running, and jumping jacks and weight lifting. The experienced trainers think beyond the daily sessions, and interact with their patrons via phone calls, emails, social media, and telepathy.
Inside Mount Vernon CrossFit, a 36' Infinity Rig loaded with barbells, pull-up bars, and gymnastics rings welcomes visitors to the 3,000-square-foot facility. Scattered around this domineering structure are other indicators of a steadfast commitment to physical fitness, such as plyo boxes, rowing machines, and dozens of kettlebells. These are the tools of the trade at the CrossFit gym, where exercisers of every description come together to perform the Workout of the Day, an ever-changing collection of exercises designed to build broad, functional fitness. Outside, another acre of land is available for exercises that can't be performed indoors, such as long-distance running or leaping to snatch birds out of mid-air.
Though Refresh Yoga Center's 10-plus instructors each came to yoga from a different path, they all share one common goal: teaching the vinyasa-flow style to students of all skill levels. Within the exposed-brick studio, they run classes seven days a week, teaching basic movements and breathing techniques to beginners. From there, pupils proceed to intermediate sessions, where they develop more advanced poses that develop their strength and flexibility. Besides three levels of vinyasa, Refresh hosts classes in yin yoga, heated yoga, and bootcamp.