The expert trainers at Core Group Fitness help students achieve their fitness goals with three methods: group classes, boot camps, and one-on-one personal training, with each format using variations of similar techniques. The trainers use functional-movement training to help clients build strength in their entire body, without isolating muscles. They also use interval training to help boost metabolism by combining cardio and strength-training exercises.
The roughly 5-kilometer Survivor Mud Run challenges athletes from around the country with 20 mud-soaked obstacles, including monkey bars, tire courses, giant slip 'n' slides, and net climbs. A team of licensed contractors builds all the obstacles, ensuring stability throughout. The dirt-drenched course allows participants to put their stamina, physical fitness, and mental determination to the test in a much more fun and safer way than challenging a Central African chimpanzee to a staring contest. Adrenaline and sheer force of will boost runners over walls and beneath low-slung wires in the mud-filled trenches, leading them to the finish line where a post-competition party awaits with beer, music, and food. After each race, announcers honor the top three male and female participants in each age division, bestowing a special distinction upon the runner who was brave enough to don the wackiest costume.
Core Pilates owner Phyllis E. Parker uses her degree in exercise science and traditional Pilates machines to customize each private equipment session to each student's specific skill level. The one-on-one sessions expose neophyte Pilates pupils the limb-lengthening, core-tightening benefits, and more experienced students can benefit from the precision instruction of the experienced personal trainers Following the stretching session, balanced bodies are sent on their way to boldly walk the line between careers and reality TV tryouts.
Michael Kendrick has been dancing since before he could get away with wearing a mustache to sneak into PG-13 movies. Just 9 years old when he fell in love with dance, Kendrick was already teaching the art form at age 14. His passion remained with him as he served as an infantry paratrooper in the US Army, where he was cast as Sonny LaTierre in a national production of Grease. After working for Fred Astaire Dance Studios for more than a decade, Kendrick decided to draw on his experience dancing and his certification in aerobics instruction to helm One Rhythm Dance. As the owner, he curates workshops and classes focused on sharing ballroom dancing with anyone inspired to learn.
Dance is all about motion, so it’s fitting that Dancer-Strong began as a mobile dance-teaching operation. Skilled instructors have traveled all-over to different studios to educate students. Eventually, the desire to teach a full schedule of classes led the group to open their four-studio academy in 2012. They quickly expanded their offerings with a selection of fitness classes.
Today, the instructors teach 11 forms of dance as well as 11 different fitness classes, and an outdoor boot camp. In the next room, they might be torching calories with Zumba or kickboxing. They also teach students how to perform classical steps in ballet and move to the contemporary rhythms of hip hop.They even offer an entire track of dance classes geared toward home-schooled students’ unique schedules.
Jill Schroeder, owner and trainer at Baby Boot Camp, began her business when she had her first daughter and wanted to regain her pre-baby fitness level without hiring a babysitter or joining a gym. Today, she leads stroller fitness programs, which focus on allowing new moms to build strength and balance while still spending time with their stroller-aged children (ages 6 weeks to 5 years).