Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
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.
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.
The word “bustling” comes to mind when describing a typical day at Everyday Athletes—one exerciser performs an ab-strengthening plank exercise while another tears through a bench press set and yet another churns out sit-ups in the corner. There’s a method to this seeming madness, though, and it's orchestrated by Chance Cianciola, Brad Longazel, and Matt Hill, the gym's three certified strength and conditioning specialists and USAW-recognized weight-lifting coaches. Their boot camp and strength camp classes challenge students with intense, functional movements such as hanging from rings, leaping onto box jumps, and rapidly mowing the gym’s artificial turf surface. In the midst of these regimens, clients can opt to track their progress through initial and follow-up fitness assessments.
TriQFit’s fitness experts—which include a certified nutritional and life coach, a former quarterback for the University of Louisville, and a member of the Kentucky Xtreme indoor football league—know that it takes more than pushups to make positive lifestyle changes. Believing that the key to a fulfilling life is a healthy mind, body, and spirit, they combine personal training with wellness coaching and self-confidence consultations. Aiming to have something for everyone, they maintain a packed schedule of group classes, such as kickboxing, Pilates, Zumba, yoga, cross-training, and unscrewing stuck pickle jars.
The certified trainers at Elite Fitness know that the best motivation is seeing results. When rating their clients’ progress, they transcend mere measuring tapes and scales; they also use the FitRanx fitness rating system, which allows clients to rank themselves against others in their community. With every sweaty pull-up and jumping jack, clients watch themselves move up the ranks within their age group, gaining momentum as they increasingly grow stronger, leaner, and more confident.
Yoga For Real’s Cheri Harvey radiates lighthearted humor and a positive attitude as she guides students toward inner peace, spiritual epiphanies, and supportive friendships with fellow yogis. Harvey draws upon her extensive training to lead Hatha and Kundalini classes filled with classic poses, deep-breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. To promote safe exercise, she emphasizes proper alignment frequently—during stretches, standing poses, sun salutations, and whenever students need to parallel park—and happily modifies movements to suit each student's strength and flexibility.
Intent on fueling students’ personal growth, Harvey supplements her workouts with workshops on topics such as controlling clutter and setting boundaries with friends and family, as well as couples yoga. She also leads private sessions geared toward helping trainees reach goals such as building home-based yoga practices or shaking up future business meetings with unexplained breathing demonstrations.