ACE-certified trainer and SpeedMatters founder Rob Naylor has dedicated his 15-plus-year career to coaching athletes with sports-specific and general-fitness training programs. Providing instruction for individuals or teams, Rob leads clinics in areas such as softball, football, and golf, teaching fundamental skills sets while conditioning bodies for competition. His ladies' boot camps and men’s overdrive classes whittle down waistlines and sculpt physiques into game shape, improving strength and endurance for matches of full-contact checkers.
High-school athletes seeking to showcase their talents for prospective colleges can take advantage of Rob’s College Prospects of America program. He creates recruiting profiles and videos for each athlete, and assists them with marketing while exposing them to more than 2,000 colleges and coaches. A portfolio of his clients—whom he swears are not robots—can be viewed here.
Trainer and Fuse Fitness Studio founder Jason Zawodniak strives to help his patrons overcome their mental and physical obstacles to looking and feeling awesome. His high-intensity express workouts motivate beginners to sculpt lean physiques and fuel fitness diehards with the fire to blast past their fitness plateaus. Although they offer co-ed programs, Zawodniak and his team of nationally certified trainers specialize in women's fitness. Their programs help gals burn fat and build muscle in intensive group fitness classes paired with one-on-one training sessions, which are customized to each individual's goals and needs. In addition to exercise sessions, Jason and his staff keep students on the path to chiseled physiques with ongoing nutritional support, regular fitness seminars, and at-home motivation through emails, phone calls, and telepathy.
At Instinct Fitness, instructors certified in everything from Russian kettlebell to TRX training thrust students into three tiers of calorie-blazing classes designed to build functional strength. Owners Justin and Jason emphasize safety, proper form, and a healthy distance from lions as students work through functional movements using heavy ropes, kettlebells, and TRX suspension apparatuses. Students can opt for beginner classes or scale up the pace and energy and still improve form during intermediate classes. Only accessible after a fitness assessment, advanced classes push students in a no-holds-barred environment, increasing the complexity of movements and intensity of the heavy-rope double-dutch competitions. Saturdays host a boot camp in which participants can vary their standard workouts and find new challenges.
Trainer Reggie Dulaney grew up watching the 1980s animated classic ThunderCats. He dreamed of having the same rippled physique as his cartoon role model, the burly-yet-brilliant warrior Panthro, so he took up weightlifting and never looked back. He opened Panthro Fitness, which he named for his favorite cartoon character. Today, he runs a series of boot-camp classes that help clients shed fat and gain muscle mass. Knowing that fitness is a lifestyle choice rather than something you do once a day, he also offers nutritional counseling with personalized meal plans.
Lifelong athlete Scott Umberger's love for fitness developed while he was working toward a Division I scholarship to Robert Morris University, where he competed in track and football. After going on to train award-winning and Olympic athletes, he decided to open his own gym, and paired up with Pepsi Hutton. Pepsi relies heavily on fitness to feel good as she battles cystic fibrosis, which ultimately led her to become an AFAA-certified personal trainer and kinesiology professor to help others learn how to feel good. Together at Fusion Workouts, they helm a team of certified trainers who strive to help clients of all abilities reach their fitness goals at their own pace.
With a functional approach to fitness, they draw from boot-camp classes, personal-training sessions, and circuit training to develop their ever-changing total-body workouts. They motivate their charges to slim their waistlines and boost their strength by swinging kettlebells, hurling sandbags, and flipping tires end over end until they agree to go back and chase their true passion—life on the road. Taking into account each client's health and fitness history, they customize each exercise to accommodate beginners, seasoned athletes, and new mothers alike.
When Annie Federoff played volleyball in college, she realized she wasn't just making it through the workouts?she was pushing her teammates, too. She recognized her own ability to motivate others and founded her own personal-training business after graduation. In her 13 O'Clock Adventure Boot Camp she helps even more people live healthier lives. She leads campers through four-week sessions that get them into shape with a constantly varied cycle of activities, such as Pilates, weight training, and obstacle courses. On any given day, she might lead groups through jumping rope and doing yoga or taking off for a hike. Annie ensures that her students of all ability levels can safely do each exercise but still be challenged by the workout. As her athletes do functional-training and core-conditioning exercises, Annie watches to make sure everyone is using proper form to avoid injury and get the most out of each exercise.
Annie called the camps 13 O'Clock to refer to the mythical time when you plan to do something, but never actually get around to it. She helps her campers finally find time to get in shape, and the changing nature of each session keeps bodies from getting bored and falling asleep mid-pushup.