Today, Shannon Burton is a certified trainer in fitness, nutrition, and functional movement. But not long ago, he was an overweight adolescent caught in a constant struggle with his image. That's why Shannon is so effective at relating to those who are self-conscious about their appearance and want to do something about it. Shannon works with everyone from kids and adults to pregnant women and elite athletes, guiding each of his clients to a healthier, happier existence. Much of the time, he accomplishes that with in-home and in-office training sessions, meaning clients don't even have to leave their living rooms or put on their human costumes to get a good workout in.
Opportunity Knocks Boxing and Fitness Arts injects some much-needed life into routine exercise regimens by introducing elements of boxing and kickboxing. This dynamic approach to fitness may be fun, but make no mistake: it still provides a full-body workout that leaves brows sweating, pulses racing, and gills gasping for air. Over the course of a typical session, the trainers help students practice jabs and kicks on heavy bags or pads held by other attendees.
In boxing, the shoeshine combo uses 10 rapid-fire punches to disorient opponents. The move is often hard to execute, as its success relies almost entirely on sheer speed. Since it opened its first gym in 2006 in Kansas, Title Boxing Club has grown with the speed and fervor of a shoeshine combo. Today, there are more than 100 locations throughout the US, and part-owners Danny Campbell (a former pro boxer) and Tony Carbajo (of Title Boxing Company Equipment) bring firsthand experience to the fitness chain.
Each non-contact, non-fighting gym is stocked with Title Boxing Company heavy punching bags and gear that students are welcome to use free of charge during classes. The boxing and kickboxing classes teach men and women the fundamentals while helping them get in shape.
Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.
One of yoga's best qualities is its ability to give inner peace to the practitioner, who in turn is better prepared to connect with others and build community. At Platinum Yoga, this quality spills out of classes and into the post-class period as practitioners gather to share tea, coffee, and conversation about whether or not Downward is a good name for a dog. This sense of community isn't limited to yoga students, either?those who partake in fitness classes such as Zumba, Cardio Pump, and Nordic Walking also build camaraderie during and after high-intensity sessions.
The inspiring trainers with MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a five-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.