The techniques that Lauren Birkel imparts to her trainers are the same ones she used on herself while preparing for and completing the rigorous Ironman World Championships in 2005 and 2011, as well as the France-held International Triathlon Union Long Course World Championships in 2007. With this history of achieving difficult goals, Birkel knows how to inspire students without commissioning a band of rabid coyotes to chase them while they run.
She and her many cotrainers use these thoroughly tested methods of motivation to push students toward healthier lives in one-on-one, small-group, and large-group training sessions. She decks out her indoor studios with all the necessary equipment for personal-training sessions and isn't afraid to lead all-outdoor boot-camp academies in the heat or rain.
The chi masters at this trinity of acupuncture and health centers seamlessly weave Chinese medicine stretching back 3,000 years with modern medicine's focus on disease and pathology. Dr. Chuan Liu tends to patients with a parallel approach at Milwaukee Acupuncture & Health Center and Ozaukee Acupuncture & Health Center. Trained his native China, Dr. Liu helps patients manage pain and stress, restore energy, and obtain optimal health through therapies including the AcuRelief and AcuHealth systems, which he helped found.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Full of athletic energy, Jeremy Belter spent six years participating in NCAA basketball and baseball, eventually earning his certification in fitness, performance nutrition, and kettlebell athletics. Today, Jeremy captains his own fitness program with a team of trainers, composed of energetic boot-camp-style classes. The seasoned trainers welcome students of all sizes and skill levels, determined to slim down and build muscle while improving their overall health. The workouts are short and intense, favoring challenging exercises and functional equipment, such as kettlebells and resistance bands. Students also receive nutritional guidance—from lists of healthy vegetables to explanations of why you should never bite into a live snake, no matter how much it resembles a chain of sausage links.
Equipment: Barbells, bumper plates, kettlebells, medicine balls, gymnastics rings
Students Should Bring: Separate gym shoes, bottle of water, towel if desired
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: You will be learning many new movements. It's perfectly normal to feel awkward or weird at first.
At Body By Design, certified personal trainer Joey Huber does just what his business name implies: personalizes workout plans to help clients achieve the bodies they envision. Amid a new spacious, light-green studio, Huber and his team of seven personal trainers lead exercisers through completely custom personal-training sessions and small- and large-group training, as well as larger-scale boot-camp classes that use high-intensity interval training to tone the body. The team also brings their services to office environments for corporate training to help slim down overstuffed filing cabinets.