Looking at her today, you'd never guess that Christina Lucy struggled during gym class in school. She didn't consider herself an athlete, and often watched as coaches cajoled her classmates when they really needed encouragement and support. That rough introduction to the world of physical fitness could have left a bitter taste in her mouth, but instead, Christina let it fuel her desire to improve herself and help other women do the same.
Christina created Code Pink Boot Camp as a place where women could go to find the encouragement, empathy, and, most importantly, the tools they needed to meet their personal fitness goals. The one-hour boot camps combine strength- and functional-training with cardio drills, obstacle courses, and flexibility exercises like yoga, and each exercise can be completely tailored to each woman's individual goals, whether they want to drop 10 pounds or simply fit back into the slim-cut hot dog suit they wore to prom. And, of course, fun and safety are always given top priority in every boot camp, meaning instructors will never push participants beyond their limitations or turn the workout into a competition.
The personal trainers at Stetler Fitness & Nutrition challenge guests to meet their fitness goals through concentrated, one-on-one personal-training sessions. In just 30 minutes, they guide each client through a high-intensity workout, which can take place indoors or outside.
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.
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.
Accountability, motivation, and guidance: these are the three things that set StudioFIT apart from its competitors. Long-time trainer and StudioFIT founder MJ Reavley noticed what happened when people went to the gym without these three elements: they didn't get their desired results and often quit. To avoid this outcome, he established a center where members were motivated to get in shape, held accountable by each other, and consistently challenged by fitness personnel during specialty classes and training sessions. Thanks to high-intensity workouts that employ metabolic conditioning and functional movements, they burn more calories than they would simply running on a treadmill or running away from a treadmill that's magically come to life. But members don't just get exercise at StudioFIT?they also receive customized meal plans and are invited to attend weekly nutrition counseling led by a dietician.
When Ellen Latham developed Orangetheory Fitness, she knew she needed passionate trainers and ample equipment, but her greatest tool would be plain science. Drawing on her background as a degreed physiologist, as well as a personal trainer, TV fitness personality, and exercise columnist, she created a regimen to induce excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC for short.
By blasting different muscle groups with intense intervals of exercise before performing fatigue-level strength training with free-weights, Latham’s system inspires the body to keep consuming calories well after the workout has ended in an effort to help muscles recover. Classes last 60-minutes, with any given interval lasting between 10- and 30-minutes. Students rotate between treadmills, suspension harnesses, free-weights, and rowing machines, which strengthen arms and cores by simulating the sensation of rowing through a river of hot glue.