Equipment: Squat rack, free weights, TRX, medicine balls, exercise bands, bike
Students Should Bring: Gym shoes, comfortable workout clothes, towel if needed
Average Class Length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Setting attainable goals is one thing I do to keep clients motivated. Also, I have found that giving clients options on certain things and letting them make choices goes a long way in motivating them. I also keep the sessions fun, and that adds to the enjoyment of the whole experience, motivating them to keep coming back.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
To me, this depends so much on individual client goals. I have had many clients lose weight and maintain a weight they haven't been at for a very long time. For these people, it is a great transformation. I've had clients who had goals as simple as gaining strength to be able to carry out their daily activities or do a certain number of pull-ups, etc. For these clients as well, achieving this is a radical transformation.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Every client is different, and I don't put anyone through cookie-cutter workout programs. Before I begin training a client, I run them through a complete movement assessment, which tells me where they are at physically and any specific areas that need to be addressed as I put together a program and we work toward their goals.
At Fitness Renegades, no one simply works out; rather, participants execute daily missions, which involve moves ranging from rope climbing and tire rolling to squatting and performing handstand push-ups. Fueled by their motto: “not a gym, not a diet, a lifestyle,” the brains behind Fitness Renegades trade in traditional equipment and conventional exercise regimens for an intense, out-of-the-box tapestry of movement and interdisciplinary techniques designed to produce and, most importantly, maintain results. These workouts maybe tough, but that doesn’t prompt anybody to ignore the pain by plugging into an iPod or zoning out in front of a TV. All the members stay solely focused on performing the high-impact workout, as well as fostering friendships and support amongst their fellow renegades. They carry this sense of community to outside the gym as well, participating in activities such as cookouts and fun runs.
To reach the full-blown Renegade workout, new members must first prep in a Renegade Rookies workout sequence, which introduces key moves and covers nutrition basics. Additionally, Fitness Renegades recommends rookies and longtime members alike complement the unique fitness program with the Paleo diet, which means they should only eat anything Paleo-era hunter-gatherers could eat—mostly unprocessed meats, fruits, veggies, and mastodon skulls.
At Freckles: A Pilates Studio, owner and Pilates instructor Amanda Krause helps her clients improve flexibility and strength through exercises designed to work out the body, mind, and spirit. She leads small-group classes and one-on-one Pilates sessions, ensuring ample personal attention and dedication to meeting individual goals.
XO Fitness's Ryan and Karin Jennings, a husband-and-wife duo, lead a staff of certified trainers, including a former Team USA swimming coach. XO's team doesn't make clients teach themselves how to lift weights or participate in complicated workouts. Rather, the staff schedules clients for small-group or personal training sessions focused on both exercise and nutrition. The staff members design their trainings to meet distinct fitness goals, such as weight loss or lean-muscle gains. The studio also presents specialized classes for clients aged 60 and older, and helps new moms shed residual weight. XO Fitness also lends its expertise in providing adventure guidance, whether it's for running a marathon, participating in canoe or kayaking expeditions, or ding-dong ditching a belligerent world-champion sprinter.
Ryan’s marriage proposal was a little unusual. Rather than taking a knee and offering Karin a diamond ring, he stood proudly and offered her a seat—on a tandem bike. The duo has taken off on one adventure after another ever since, from tandem races to “extended field trips” across the United States with their kids in tow. But it wasn’t all fun and games for Team Jennings as they ventured from coast to coast. They also sleuthed around the nation’s gyms, knowing that they would soon settle down and open a true health club of their own, a club where members could receive individualized attention and assistance to achieve their health and fitness goals. They incorporated the knowledge they gleaned from that expedition when they launched XO Fitness.
The coaching staff at D1?which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers?refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
Laura Bronk loves to dance?she's been at it since age 4?and her passion fueled her to work with master dance teachers. She opened Fancy Dancer Studio in 1997, and recruited a well-studied group of teachers to pass along their experience and love for the art form, just as her teachers did. Instructors include Mary Innes, who's skilled in working with young children, Zoe Bronk, who's a member of the Dance Masters of Wisconsin and teaches jazz, tap, and hip-hop, and Jennifer Kornowske, who began the Middle Eastern dance troup Navah Mirage. Fancy Dancer's classes are diverse as its teachers?one night can see both 3-year-olds dancing and singing along to goofy songs in Junior Tap and adult women tying on jangling hip belts and undulating in fast-paced belly-dance classes.