The sledgehammer slams the earth with a resounding thud before being discarded for a game of toss-back with a medicine ball. Such training methods are but a small slice of the workout routine possibilities at Black Label CrossFit. CrossFit—an innovative strengthening and conditioning program that veers away from using traditional muscle-training apparatuses—has even gained popularity among the training programs of police academies, military special-operations units, and high-profile federal agents who yearn to get better at hopscotch.
On any given day, the training team provides students with new routines based on a combination of Olympic sports, gymnastics activities, and metabolic conditioning that may include moves such as sprinting with barbells, pull-ups, or inverted rowing. By changing things up all the time, trainers hope to inspire participants to remain engaged and feel challenged to always bring their best effort to improving their health and wellness. Each session is also timed and scored, encouraging students to keep aiming higher.
Founders of Fit For Life Bootcamp, Brien and Kimberly Brockway seemed destined to help others reach their fitness goals. For one, the couple met in college while running cross-country. Brien served in the U.S. Army, where he led soldiers through both physical and mental training. Kimberly, meanwhile, has been a certified trainer since 2006, and has worked with a variety of clients including athletes, kids, and pregnant women. Together, Brien and Kimberly orchestrate high-energy boot-camp sessions, and supplement their intense workouts with plenty of nutrition and dietary advice to maximize results.
The certified and degreed trainers of Body Evolution don't judge themselves by their personal accomplishments, but by their clients' results. Greg Claycomb, an International Sports Sciences Association–certified trainer, knows that every person is mentally and physically different, so no single fitness approach will work for everyone. Trainers Vince Hogue and Tristen Hines also adhere to this principle, and use their experience to draft workout regimes that inspire clients, nurture their health, and reduce daydreams of owning a house made of Twinkies. To ensure he continues to give clients an optimal workout, ACE nationally recognized and CPR/AED-certified trainer Walt Fleitz regularly attends seminars and studies new methods. His favorite quote from Maya Angelou sums up his beliefs the best, "people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
IronBody Fitness’s trainers don’t lead boot camps, they lead Anti-BootCamps. Instead of plunking exercisers into a cookie-cutter workout that could cause injury at worst, and work muscles unnecessarily at best, they create programs tailored to address individual goals. But clients still sweat in groups, offering accountability that trainers take one step further by checking in when a student misses class. Paired with nutritional guidance and workouts that you can do at home or on the road, the personalized fitness regimen whips bodies into shape quickly.
Classes are held inside GymTyme All-Stars on Eastgate Parkway (Monday–Friday at 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., Saturday at 8:30 a.m.) and Fitness Factory on Breckenridge Lane (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m.).
Powerhouse Gym Louisville fortifies fitness routines with an all-encompassing roster of exercise essentials sprawled across a 17,000-square-foot facility. Beneath its towering ceilings, dumbbells weighing up to 150 pounds headline a robust fleet of weightlifting gear, and treadmills and ellipticals from brands such as Cybex and Precor lead a fitness army comprising 40 cardio machines. In addition to its solo workout stations, the gym staffs certified trainers who pilot a weekly roster of group classes, chiseling muscles and burning fat during spirited boot-camp classes and Power Hour classes. Powerhouse Gym further bolsters workouts with onsite massages, custom training and nutrition plans, free WiFi, and words of encouragement whispered exclusively in sonnets.
Owner Holly Elswick combines her experience as a personal trainer and her extensive knowledge of yoga and Pilates to put together Fierce Fitness By Design's eclectic schedule of fitness classes. Patrons can opt to gracefully increase strength and flexibility in barre and Pilates classes. After each sweat session, patrons may retire to the onsite spa, where massage therapists soothe soreness acquired from the day’s activity. Specialists go even further in one-hour Escape sessions, which aim to pacify the body and spirit with a mix of guided imagery, meditation, and naps on piles of freshly laundered socks.