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 Live at Universal City Walk 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.
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. Now armed with over ten years of fitness experience, the duo aims help clients overhaul their lifestyle to attain success. Along with personal training, KBR works one-on-one with clients of all fitness levels using group training, high-intensity cross-training, and physical therapy to help
inject fitness into their daily lives.
In addition to training, KBR Lifestyles has also expanded into meal plans with KBR: Fit & Healthy Meals 2 Go. Each plan?full of properly-portioned, nutritionally-balanced meals?is created by a certified nutritionist after a thorough consultation which each client. The convenient meals are then prepared by culinary experts and delivered directly to clients' doorsteps. The extensive menu includes both kids' and vegetarian options.
Renew Fitness's founder Michael Camarena knows what it's like to set fitness goals. As a former competitive cyclist, he spent his childhood and teenage years racing at the national level, pedaling alongside several riders who would eventually go on to compete in events such as the Tour de France. Preparing for these championship races inspired Camarena to constantly better himself both mentally and physically. This motivational spirit eventually became the driving force behind Renew Fitness, where Camarena shares his enthusiasm with his members.
He and his team of trainers help patrons of all ages and fitness levels reach their goals with custom training programs. And throughout the week, they lead group classes, which use plyometric exercises, resistance training, cardio work, deep stretches, and mathematical brain teasers to provide a full-body workout. They can tailor the intensity of each exercise to accommodate both beginners and pros, ensuring guests can make progress at a comfortable pace that still manages to provide a suitable challenge.
SwingIt Trapeze co-founder Nick Selvy can undoubtedly impress anyone. If the singing, acting, and dancing talents he's cultivated from the age of 11 don't do it, he could ride a six-foot unicycle and juggle fire. The jack of all trades also taught surfing lessons for a while, and performed stunts and magic, but his real passion is flight. For 20 years, Selvy has been swinging through the air on rigs that he's designed and installed, using state-of-the-art equipment to ensure safety. More recently, he co-founded SwingIt Trapeze with teacher and youth development specialist Brian Kirch to pass on this skill to anyone ready to have some fun.
During lessons, Selvy and Kirch's team lead students through the basic techniques of the trapeze. Fledgling fliers begin by hanging from their knees before progressing into swinging and flying without safety lines. The emphasis here is not on competitive skill, but rather on enjoyment, fitness, and being able to keep up with Spiderman during action-packed dreams.