Carla Mock believes that everybody deserves to look and feel fabulous. When she founded a gym where she could teach her unique combination of yoga, pole fitness, and burlesque, she sought a name that encapsulated her philosophy. That's how she arrived at FIMB, which stands for Fabulous in Mind and Body.
Shining poles run from floor to ceiling in the warmly lit, orange-walled studio, giving students structures to twirl around during pole-fitness classes and sturdy supports to bend between during yoga sessions. Polga—one of Carla's original creations—combines yogic stretching with the upper-body workout of pole dancing. Students use the poles to enhance alignment and perform classic yoga poses, unlike Santa’s elves, who climb the pole to escape gingerbread warriors pillaging the village on their fearsome rocking horses.
The certified trainers at F3 Fitness say they're "in the business of changing lives." That's because they work to help each of their clients achieve customized, tangible results, whether the desired outcome is weight loss, gained muscle tone, or simply better health. Believing that everyone should have access to affordable personal training, F3 Fitness offers one-on-one sessions in their fitness center, stocked with functional fitness equipment such as heavy punching bags, free weights, and kettlebells. Clients work out in a motivating and laid-back environment, and feel encouragement to realize goals with a supportive trainer and body-building alter-ego.
Chris Spears was a life-long athlete until he became a desk jockey at a corporation. Five years and 40 pounds later, he decided to get back into shape. His own journey back into a healthy lifestyle inspired him to become an ISSA-certified personal trainer and the brawn behind Synergy Fitness Studio.
His unique approach doesn't require drastic cutbacks on your diet. Flavorful favorites, such as beer and pizza, are still on the menu—in moderation, of course. He also works with clients of all ages and abilities by tailoring exercises and nutrition plans to their needs. Through interval cross-training classes, he and his fellow trainers craft a different workout each day. They also focus on functional movements that imitate everyday activities from carrying groceries to fighting off a pack of wild dogs.
Aided by National Academy of Sports Medicine certifications in personal training and corrective exercise, LiveSet Fitness's Michael Kilkenny strives to inspire positive lifestyle changes through physical fitness. During his boot-camp classes, he leads high-intensity interval training, marrying cardio and kickboxing with strength and conditioning drills to create a comprehensive training program. When he needs to emphasize more customized fitness regimens, he also hosts one-on-one and group personal-training sessions, which give clients the chance to work toward personal goals or ask in private if burpees were named after a convenience-store beverage.
After a stint on the Junior Olympics sprinting team and dip into the limelight on the UK television series Gladiator, Jonquil Baugh refocused her passion for physical prowess into helping other people achieve their desired level of fitness. She puts her extensive experience to use by providing individuals and small groups with personal training suitable for all fitness levels.
During 30- and 60-minute group classes, trainers lead workouts that incorporate functional, strength, and cardiovascular exercises. Students cycle through a range of routines, interspersing interval-style workouts that involve brief periods of intense exertion with longer periods of sustained, less-strenuous activity. See the class schedule.
The trainers at Slinkfit offer personal and group training sessions for students of all ages and fitness levels. Inside the 5,300-square-foot facility, members engage in a number of fitness activities, including TRX-suspension training, Kettlebell lifting, and medicine-ball drills. The trainers customize programs for each client's specific needs and workout goals.