At Red Carpet Boot Camps’ fitness center, trainers motivate others toward fitness through classes such as spin, yoga, and Reformer Pilates. When not in the gym, trainers lead their charges outside for 60-minute boot-camp sessions that combine everything from their classes, as well as resistance, cardio, and calisthenics. Understanding that pushing muscles to their limits is only part of the equation, Red Carpet also offers nutrition coaching.
A quick look at Lisa Lorraine Taylor's lengthy resume reveals a life-long dedication to healthy living. The fitness expert has written articles for various publications, has a bachelor's degree in holistic nutrition, and holds more than a dozen certifications, including ACE certification as a personal trainer and a lifestyle and weight-management consultant. At Taylor Made Fitness, Ms. Taylor draws on this expertise as well as a non-intimidating, friendly training style during results-driven private and small group sessions, which are designed to help both experienced and new-to-exercise patrons meet their fitness goals by shaping and strengthening the whole body. Making good on the gym's cleverly quirky name, she can also design custom nutrition programs to further help her clients lose weight both in-studio and outdoors.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the 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. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Some gyms call themselves a family. Grinder Gym finds the term "tribe" more apt. Like tribes, their members span all ages, walks of life, and fitness levels, and they all stick together for one common cause: fitness. At the helm of the tribe is nutritionist and personal trainer, Dave DePew, who's been working toward optimum health since the early age of 8, and has since developed a lifelong philosophy of "diligent daily fitness". Said philosophy—which values continual progression over immediate perfection—includes scientifically proven dietary plans paired with a variety of workout routines designed to suit individual goals, whether that's developing more bulk or finally being able to outrun the neighbor's pet cheetah. To help clients hit these fitness targets, he and his team lead high-intensity classes, such as Total Body Kettlebells and Core & Cardio, that rely on functional movements and resistance training. They also lead classes such as Blood & Guts, during which they challenge participants with obstacle courses and a mix of cardio and strength training. All of these classes and techniques have resulted in some of Dave's students losing anywhere from 16- to 44-pounds and dramatically dropping inches around the waist.
The aerodynamic look of The Rush Studio’s Keiser M3+ bikes makes them appear poised to race away—but they never do. The sleek stationary bikes, with a single-wheel design, host athletes during spinning classes at the boutique-style studio. Their built in mini-computers track each athletes unique workout stats, from their RPMs and calories burnt to when they should start wearing a helmet just in case. Led by enthusiastic instructors, classes can run for 45 or 60 minutes, and students can reserve their bikes ahead of time with the studio’s interactive iPhone app.
When Larry Nolan was told that he would never play sports again due to his diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, he did the opposite of give up: he went out and bought a set of weights. Today, Larry and his team of trainers lead students of all fitness levels through intense fitness programs. He aims to instill in them the same determination and motivation that helped him overcome his own physical limitations.