Certified trainer and W.O.W. Fitness founder Kameelah Wesley was never into athletics. But she did want to live a long and healthy life, so she enlisted the services of a personal trainer. The transformation she witnessed was beyond anything she ever imagined. It was this intense personal experience that opened her eyes to a greater social epidemic: obesity. That’s when she decided to begin her war on excess weight, and W.O.W. was born.
Kameelah’s fitness programs emphasize functional strength training with a focus on proper form and stability. These principles are carried out in four-week boot camps, personal-training sessions, and cardio dance classes performed with a host of free weights, stability balls, ellipticals, and heavy bagpipes. In addition to fitness training, Kameelah and her team assist students with diet plans and lifestyle coaching.
The teachers at Poser Yoga Studio have at least one thing in common: an unwavering love of yoga. From Barkan and hot-yoga masters to Hatha practitioners with more than a decade of teaching experience, the studio's yoga elite is flexible when it comes to the styles preferred by the students. The class schedule reflects flow, Hatha, and hot-yoga sessions suitable for kids, adults, or dogs with a circus background. The staff also maintains a nontraditional atmosphere at the studio, with music ranging from dubstep to disco during workouts, and a fun-first attitude that focuses on both the physical and mental side of yoga.
With more than 10,000 pounds of free weights, brand-name equipment, top-notch entertainment systems, tanning beds, spacious locker rooms, and extended hours, Chenal Health & Fitness—which has been featured on KATV—provides customers with everything they need to get fit or survive a zombie apocalypse. Rows of cardio and weight machines occupy huge rooms with flat-screen televisions and lime-green or bright-blue walls. In the cardio theater, patrons burn calories and build muscle on treadmills, elliptical trainers, or stationary bikes as they watch new releases in high-definition on a 120-inch screen with surround sound.
Bodies by Bashay may lead group boot-camp workouts, but students will never want for one-on-one attention from their instructor. In fact, personalization and personal attention are what allow participants of all ages and ability levels to enroll in these high-intensity classes. Outdoor boot-camp routines work to improve fitness in a range of areas, including balance, flexibility, agility, and strength.
Using equipment that slides, straightens, or offers resistance, the expert instructors of Pilates of Central Arkansas lead students of all levels through challenging Pilates classes. One instructor works with up to six students during each class, offering hands-on assistance and adjustments for exercises that tone and strengthen the core muscles.
At Fitness 4 U of Little Rock, certified personal trainers Marlon Shelton and Dorian Humphrey lead classes of like-minded students through invigorating fitness boot camps, and guide gym members through exercises on treadmills, heavy bags, freeweights, and machines. Through a mixture of plyometrics, nutritional guidance, sports training, and cardio, the seasoned athletes keep clients in shape with motivating weight-loss challenges, classes, and personal training.