Terrence Hicks of Battleground Fitness has been a professional trainer since 1999. He's been certified many times over, and also draws on several years of experience in law enforcement to craft his personal-training sessions and boot-camp workouts, which help students sculpt fit physiques. For aspiring body builders, his intense workouts help them go from amateur to pro and from pro to Best Body Builder of All Time in the Whole Wide Universe.
But his credentials need not intimidate students. He works with patrons of all ages and fitness levels, and cultivates a supportive atmosphere in which he doles out positive motivation. He even works with senior citizens to help them prevent cardiovascular health problems and retain an active lifestyle.
Giant Strides Fitness’ owner, Danielle Shaw, defines what it means to be an athlete. As a player, she competed in collegiate and professional soccer. As a leader, she held the title of assistant coach for the NC State Wolfpack soccer team. In her spare time, she has completed 10 marathons, and she coaches athletes at Giant Strides. She leads fitness programs that include boot camps and workouts that focus on specific body parts. She also specializes in marathon training and running programs to prepare clients for other events such as 5K and 10K runs.
Fitness guru Shane Arcadia has dedicated himself to delivering personalized fitness guidance with a range of boot camps, training, and other services at TASK Fitness. Shane’s weekly classes and fitness outings include 45-minute boot camps designed to burn 1,000 calories, group runs and hikes, and team-sports sessions. He also leads one-on-one grocery-store tours, sharing tips on how to pick out healthy foods and maintain a balanced diet.
Balanced Body Bootcamp founder Kristen Poczulp, a certified personal trainer, leads a team of fitness buffs at two locations. Eschewing the issues that frustrated her at conventional gyms, Kristen and her trainers rely on group motivation and accountability to motivate women to keep their commitments to exercise and end unhealthy relationships with the snooze button. The one-hour boot-camp workouts blend intervals, circuits, and strength training that can be tailored to fit ladies of all ages and fitness levels. Alternatively, 60-minute Long and Lean classes focus on getting heart rates up.
FITT Studio hoists a hearty schedule of high-energy workouts set to upbeat music, with buff and heavily certified instructors leading classes such as Zumba, Piloxing, and Turbokick. Apprentices in the fitness-hybrid Piloxing class don a pair of arm-strengthening weighted gloves to perform sculpting Pilates, boxing, and dance moves designed to work cores, burn calories, tone muscles, and knock out opponents made of cheesecake. The Turbokick cardio kickboxing class combines powerful kicks, choreographed dance moves, and high-energy music to keep pupils motivated and full of vim and vigor. Salsa away excess pounds with Zumba dance-fitness sessions under colorful nightclub-style lights geared to create a festive atmosphere. Classes range in size from 10 to 20 students, ensuring individual attention and enough space to comfortably burst from a cocoon and emerge as a butterfly with rippling abs.
At CrossFit North Valley, exercisers complete a different lineup of exercises each day as they work toward rippling muscles and improved overall fitness. Each class consists of a broad array of high-intensity movements, from dead lifts and presses to pull-ups and dips. The functional aspect of each routine betters participants' performance in other arenas of their lives, such as going on hikes or holding a squat when dinner-table chairs run out. The gym's coaches offer encouragement while students pump out reps together on pull-up bars, ropes, rings, kettlebells, and even tractor tires—breeding accountability, fitness, and team camaraderie.