Michael Giardina knows a thing or two about mental and physical toughness: he's a former US Marine who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. At MJG Fitness, he challenges his students with workouts that incorporate battle ropes, TRX bands, kettlebells, and medicine balls. These routines not only tone muscles and boost cardiovascular endurance, but also toughen minds and show participants that they can conquer any obstacle.
Chris Cesnak doesn't wait for Apollo to dead lift the sun over the horizon to start his day. At Summit County Adventure Boot Camp, Cesnak—an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist—starts every workout at 5:30 a.m., using equal parts surprise and support to forge women's bodies into shape. Suited to women of all fitness levels, each morning consists of a hodgepodge of exercises that often include sprints, push-ups, core work, and obstacle courses, as participants feed off the motivation from Cesnak, each other, and birds shouting "Go to sleep!" from their nests.
The trainers at Fit 4 Evr Fitness design intense workouts to help clients improve their physical and emotional lives. They specialize in three different group classes, which they combine with nutritional education to educate, motivate, and support clients. Their group cardio classes work to strengthen the heart and lungs, and group cardio toning offers the same benefits with the addition of free-weight exercises and strength training. Zumba classes help burn calories with moves inspired by Latin dance routines and music.
Sneakered feet pound the ground as athletes of all ages race through challenging exercises supervised by Speed and Explosion’s trained coaches and instructors. These workouts can be designed to help athletes hone their bodies into football-slinging or race-winning machines, as they are created based on the athletes' goals. Motivating coaches train sportsmen of all fitness levels, helping them build more muscle or chisel their abs into the shape of Mount Rushmore. Meanwhile, adults can attempt to torch calories and slim down during Body Defined classes.
The trainers at Cleveland Boxing Academy include domestic and international champs—Vonda Ward is an International Boxing Association and World Boxing Council heavyweight world champion, and Robert Francis is a two-time New York state champion. During classes and lessons, they teach students the science behind boxing while providing an intense workout that can help fighters sculpt their physiques.
Cleveland Fitness Revolution's head trainers each helm a team of certified instructors that pool their diverse experience and knowledge into helping individual fitness-seekers and corporate clients of all fitness levels get in shape. Eschewing military-inspired practices such as barking orders into a bugle, these motivating instructors incorporate personal-training ideologies and interval training during indoor boot-camp classes. They also help clients shrink waistlines with Cardio Revolution classes, which marry high-intensity interval training with less impactful cardio and core exercises. They don't just teach group classes, however. For those who prefer more one-on-one training, these certified instructors customize workouts that suit the clients' needs and fitness goals during semi-private personal training.
They further bolster the effects of their comprehensive fitness programs with nutrition seminars, recipes, and programs to keep their clients from sliding back into old, unhealthy habits.
After years of working at a "globo gym," Marty Pajek and Kyle Eshleman decided to provide a better route to fitness than routine cardio and strength training. At Crooked River CrossFit, they join two other certified coaches in teaching functional, constantly varied CrossFit classes. The classes begin with aerobic activity and instruction to proper form, and then students take off on a high-intensity workout that may include lifting heavy objects and moving large loads.