Although Rogue Personal Training's nationally certified trainers hail from slightly different educational backgrounds—kinesiology, physical education, exercise science, et al.—they share a common skill: helping people get in shape. That skill pays off during Rogue's personal and group training sessions and boot-camp classes. There, exercisers meet resistance from primitive fitness tools, whipping battle ropes, flipping tires, and doing jumping jacks to scare away predators. The fitness studio also features an astroturf field for sprints and agility drills.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At each of its 12 locations in Kansas, the staff of Genesis Health Club strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.
Fox Fitness owners Jake and Kimberly founded their business in 2011 as a professional martial arts facility, as well as a destination for specialized personal training. Six days per week, they welcome students to the 2,400-square-foot space to participate in various classes, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sessions accommodating kids through adults. Fox Fitness also provides sport-specific conditioning programs, which vary by season and focus entirely on functional exercises—which does not mean they have students practice their ACT with a barbell instead of a pencil.
A few sets of hand weights, some mats, and lifting benches. These are all the equipment the personal trainer at Vo2bodymax needs to whip his clients into shape. And since the gym is for personal training only, clients' workout experiences are completely individualized, starting with getting to pick out whatever music motivates them. Once that's set, the personal trainer will lead them through a custom-tailored workout that continues at home if clients stick to the nutrition diary, workout book, and cardio homework that the trainer assigns.
No two people have the exact same fitness goals, so Omega Training’s staff of personal trainers—including former athletes and competitive bodybuilders—helps clients devise a workout regimen that suits their needs. Whether the workouts help build muscle tone, bolster endurance, increase flexibility, or facilitate weight loss, they can be accompanied by a personally tailored nutrition plan. In addition to the personal-training sessions, instructors also lead small group classes as well as boot-camp-style workouts.