Allison Gonzalez's 20-year career as a classical ballerina led her to France, Italy, New York, New Jersey, and, finally, New Orleans, where she served as director of the New Orleans Ballet Ensemble. In that capacity, she implemented Pilates mat classes as a form of core training for the dancers and quickly developed a passion for the exercise regimen. She headed to the Pilates Studio of New York to study under Romana Kryzanowska, a dedicated student of the fitness method's creator, Joseph Pilates. She acquired her 600-hour teaching certification and set out to share Pilates with others at Evolve Classical Pilates. In addition to Allison's notable Pilates r?sum?, the studio boasts dozens of certified teachers of gyrotonic exercise, including one who teaches Pilates classes in Japanese.
Realizing the challenges of balancing family, career, and health, Brien Shamp decided to help mothers reduce stress and boost self-confidence via exercise. Pulling from his years of industry experience and fitness certifications, Brien spearheaded the boot-camp fitness program that has been lauded on Best of the Bay. He works with trainers at multiple gyms to lead women and other fitness-seekers through creative, constantly varied workouts. In addition to classes, Brien provides his clients with comprehensive nutritional advice while warning them of common diet mistakes, such as eating snacks with too much sugar or the realistic-looking plastic scones in their child's tea set.
At Crossfit Old County, a crew of certified Level 1 coaches lead muscle-building, sweat-producing, and fitness-improving CrossFit classes six days a week. While the goal of every class is the same?broad, general fitness that prepares participants for whatever life brings?each workout is different. To keep workouts varied and the body from getting bored and strapping itself to a couch, exercisers might muscle through deadlift sets before completing an endurance circuit and plyometric exercises. While that might sound intimidating, the instructors encourage everyone to scale the workouts to their own capabilities, making them suitable for everyone from beginners to elite athletes.
Malina Fitness combines the amenities of a large gym with the accessibility and welcoming vibe of a neighborhood fitness studio. Both beginning exercisers and seasoned athletes can feel at home here, and all guests can seek help from the studio's trained staff. From cardio and weight-training equipment to personal training, there are plenty of options to meet fitness goals. The studio also includes spacious rooms for yoga, Pilates, and other group fitness classes.
Matt Daly, an experienced teacher with three years of college ball and four years in the pros under his belt. Today as an instructor, he helps players take cuts and hurl their best stuff. Matt is still active in the minor league system with the Toronto Blue Jays organization, with two years of Double-A experience, striving for a return to major-league play.