Breanne Pelkey and Jesse Aspuria are certified trainers with one goal: to improve the health of their clients. They guide people through outdoor boot camps, where exercisers are surrounded by oxygen-emitting trees, chirping birds, and English-speaking squirrels. Workouts are customized to challenge participants of all athletic abilities, and consist of interval and cross-circuit training exercises that utilize body-weight movements. The trainers also provide nutritional guidance for their clients, helping them further improve their health through a diet steeped in protein and candy canes.
Many people think a board, a kite, and the ocean is all it takes to start kitesurfing or kiteboarding. In reality, a little bit of encouragement and wise instruction can take a novice far—and ensure they have fun. Penny, an instructor certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization, starts all her recruits on dry land for a recommended three hours, helping them learn to maneuver kites before they take to the water or snow strapped into one. These beginning steps help her students eventually build the confidence to get out onto the ocean in a safe manner, whatever their age, and enjoy the experience to the max.
Casey Parish can be spotted across Seattle, leading group workouts on beaches and on the grass in public parks. Equipped with a passion for fitness and a certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Casey helps his students reach their fitness goals through strength-training, endurance, and conditioning exercises. The seasoned trainer keeps his class-sizes small, and welcomes clients of all ages and athletic abilities. He provides students with nutritional guidance tailored to their unique needs, such as quick and healthy recipes for busy moms to and vegetables that can be used as emergency doorstops.
Kerry Moore understands that success is a group effort. The founder and lead instructor of Vast Fitness has competed in track and field, basketball, softball, and other sports, and she incorporates the camaraderie of these athletic teams into coed boot-camp classes. Participants motivate one another as they climb hills, jog, execute agility drills, and work through other indoor and outdoor exercises during four-week sessions. The program also motivates participants to make healthy dietary changes, while still allowing for the occasional treat or annual hike up Rock Candy Mountain.
As the fitness guru behind Compfit, Eric Wilson has been leading his students through strength- and endurance-building regimens for more than 30 years. His classes, which range from boot camps and barre to Zumba and African dance, whip students into shape while encouraging them to enjoy themselves in the process. The eclectic class lineup gives regulars a great deal of choice when crafting their long-term fitness routines, and?when balanced with proper nutrition and sleep?can help them attain their fitness goals before burnout or a particularly comfy couch derails progress.
Being fit is a necessity for Ian Weinberg, as he regularly runs marathons and climbs mountains. At Ian Fitness, he and his fellow certified personal trainers share their passion for fitness during indoor boot camp workouts. They spice things up each day by introducing new exercises that range from body weight exercises to kettlebell lifts. To help students make the most of their efforts, they also offer nutritional counseling to answer food-and-exercise-related questions such as “What should I eat to augment my workout?” and “How do I whittle a dumbbell into a fork?”