At CrossFit Structured, it doesn’t matter where you finish as long as you finish with integrity. Trainers adopt this philosophy during each class, which covers a new workout of the day, or WOD, every day. WODs involve constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensities to help burn calories and fat and boost the body’s metabolism. Though exercises often vary, it’s not uncommon to see CrossFit Structured’s warriors performing weight lifts, running, or testing their body’s limits with exercises such as squats, pushups, pull-ups, and sit-ups.
Having mastered high-performance body-sculpting techniques, Keith and Blake Robbins—the KBR in KBR Lifestyles—decided they wanted to help others do the same. They started training clients independently in their homes and parks and eventually became personal trainers, helping actors and actresses whip into shape for upcoming roles. They wanted to bring their know-how to the general public to help people make lifestyle changes beyond getting a more finely tuned six-pack, so they opened KBR Lifestyles in Anaheim and quickly expanded to Newport Beach. They work one-on-one with clients of all fitness levels, from complete beginners to professional athletes, helping them inject fitness and nutrition into their daily lives.
Their high-intensity cross-training workouts take place inside or outside and challenge students with an ever-varied combination of strength and cardio training. Ample workout toys fill both locations, including cardio and strength machines, resistance bands, medicine balls, and aerobic steps.
Leaving no detail overlooked, trainers make sure clients receive complimentary towels and water during their workouts to sweep away signs of sweat and replenish its source more pleasantly than re-drinking it again and again. The gym's amenities extend beyond the realm of exercise, from the mobile auto detailer who makes cars sparkle in the lot as clients workout to the massage therapists who banish muscle tension.
It was summer, a time when most teens spend their days sleeping late and playing video games. But not Chris Maxwell. He was 16 and wanted to get a jump-start on the next year’s wrestling season. So he hit the gym, and it changed his life—as of that summer, he knew his future career would be centered around fitness.
Now a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist, Chris helps people mold their physiques and lives into healthier states with private and small-group training sessions. Additionally, his 16-week packages include body-composition testing, custom meal plans, and a secret handshake to start each training session.
GlucoFitClub acts a hub for overweight people who want to lose weight, with diabetes, or with pre-diabetes, drawing together different companies, products, and resources to assist in health and education. It partners with YMCAs across the nation to encourage those with diabetes to remain active, as the disease is exasperated by conditions that include high body-mass index and hypertension. Members with diabetes may also receive a glucometer that can upload their fitness-test results and blood-glucose levels to an online database, helping them become more knowledgeable about their own condition. Access to nutrition and diabetes classes at the Y educates members and helps them make good health decisions.
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
The instructors at Tone Barre bring backgrounds in dance and ballet, drawing inspiration from that experience during music-motivated barre, Tabata, and Zumba classes. The team tones and tightens physiques with free weights, isometric moves, and spicy Latin steps designed to burn calories without adding bulk. Each of these classes takes place atop the studio’s sprung maple floor, which protects the joints and gives students the vertical height necessary to change the studio’s light bulbs.
As the owner and primary trainer of Heat Personal Fitness, Antonius draws on an impressive background to whip clients into shape. The certified personal trainer got his start in the navy, where he served as a cook, diver, and surface warfare expert, all while studying various martial arts, including jiujitsu, muay thai, and judo. Today, he incorporates what he knows best—fitness and people—into intense cardio and strength classes at Heat. Peppered with elements of kickboxing and boxing, his outdoor boot-camp classes present a constantly changing regime of calisthenics, body-weight exercises, and kettlebell work, followed up with a bit of yoga. Antonius also offers an indoor women’s only class, playfully dubbed Hottyz and centered on sculpting muscles with help from the TRX suspension trainers, free weights, and step aerobics.