Brett Ray has an impressive fitness résumé: under certifications he lists boot camp instructor and personal trainer, his work experience includes his time as a competitive bodybuilder, and his achievements boast of his martial-arts skills. Needless to say, he’s fully qualified to oversee the operations and staff of Greensboro Adventure Boot Camp for Women. His instructors devise workouts that blend strength training with proper nutrition and motivational support. Meeting at various locations, Ray’s workouts sweat through exercises that range from sport yoga and strength training to fitness kickboxing, obstacle courses, Pilates, sport drills, and short-distance running.
Founder Patrick Willard keeps the gym open to everyone and leads a team of nationally certified fitness experts to teach everything from Zumba to martial arts and yoga. Trainers motivate clients during small-group boot camps, swift 30-minute circuit-training classes, or one-on-one training sessions. Nutrition seminars supplement the sweating by preventing budding bodybuilders from undermining their gains by falling prey to unhealthy diets of cement sandwiches.
From one-on-one personal training to company-wide exercise outings, Traverse Trainer tailors workouts to meet every client’s needs. Outdoor group sessions, which meet three times per week, combine circuit training with plyometrics and core work, resulting 45 minutes of calorie-torching hard work. Personal training, meanwhile, not only involves completely customized routines but can also take place anywhere the client wants, including the office, the home, or the neighbor’s doghouse. And travelers who are in Greensboro for business or pleasure don't have to slack on their exercise regimen with outdoor workouts that take detours to area sights.
Named the Best Personal Trainer by Yes! Weekly, Blaze Thompson of Blaze Fitness knows that exercise isn't the only key to a healthy lifestyle. He and his trainers incorporate nutritional counseling into their individual- and group-fitness programs. Small-group classes and boot camps challenge participants year-round. Clients often can be found running suicides in an indoor gymnasium, jumping over logs on an outdoor trail run, and doing pushups in the parking lot at Proehlific Park.
Certified trainer Jamell McLean and his partner in health, Maria Mendez, believe that wellness starts at the cellular level. Together, they provide nutritional counseling, education, and fitness classes to clients ready to change the way their body looks and feels. With motivation, correct nutrition, and hard work, Jamell and Maria help clients reach tangible weight-loss and fitness goals, providing fun weight-loss challenges and group exercise sessions at their fitness center.
Owner and head trainer Greg Gonzalez draws on a wealth of fitness experience and NASM certifications as he helps clients develop proper weightlifting form and shake unhealthy eating habits. His personal training sessions can be geared to clients ranging from athletes to seniors, and he works not only to plan engaging workouts but also to help clients stick to nutrition plans.