At Legit Fit Boot Camp, there are no machines. There are no televisions. There aren't even mirrors. The center's certified instructors take a no-nonsense approach to building strength and endurance by using simple weights, balls, and bars atop a stark rubber floor in each of their diverse fitness routines. Though the staff strives to stave off needless distractions, they detest boredom as well. That's why they keep muscles guessing by combining numerous exercises from different workouts and varying those exercises each day. The curriculum of jumping jacks, squats, and hopscotch games on hot coals ensure students never know what to expect, and the staff's enthusiastic demeanor keeps them focused on their calorie-burning mission.
The FastFit Training & Fitness tale begins more than three years ago, when Jeff McDaniel—named Fitness Business Owner of the Month by FitBusiness Insider in March 2012— started holding energetic boot-camp classes at a local park. Today, Jeff conducts classes within his own professional fitness studio, where he continues to lead the high-intensity workouts of metabolic exercises that have been lauded on NBC. Amid towering mirrors, dangling TRX Suspension trainers, and rows of colorful dumbbells, Jeff and his staff of trainers guide students of all squares through a diverse array of functional exercises, from crunches to climbers to handstands. Jeff has also designed an online fitness program with nutritional counsel and exercise videos, providing students workouts they can practice from hotels when traveling or from beneath neighbors’ backyard shrubbery when spying on tiki parties they weren't invited to.
The coaching staff at D1—which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers—refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
Certified trainer and W.O.W. Fitness founder Kameelah Wesley was never into athletics. But she did want to live a long and healthy life, so she enlisted the services of a personal trainer. The transformation she witnessed was beyond anything she ever imagined. It was this intense personal experience that opened her eyes to a greater social epidemic: obesity. That’s when she decided to begin her war on excess weight, and W.O.W. was born.
Kameelah’s fitness programs emphasize functional strength training with a focus on proper form and stability. These principles are carried out in four-week boot camps, personal-training sessions, and cardio dance classes performed with a host of free weights, stability balls, ellipticals, and heavy bagpipes. In addition to fitness training, Kameelah and her team assist students with diet plans and lifestyle coaching.
With more than 10,000 pounds of free weights, brand-name equipment, top-notch entertainment systems, tanning beds, spacious locker rooms, and extended hours, Chenal Health & Fitness—which has been featured on KATV—provides customers with everything they need to get fit or survive a zombie apocalypse. Rows of cardio and weight machines occupy huge rooms with flat-screen televisions and lime-green or bright-blue walls. In the cardio theater, patrons burn calories and build muscle on treadmills, elliptical trainers, or stationary bikes as they watch new releases in high-definition on a 120-inch screen with surround sound.
At Fitness 4 U of Little Rock, certified personal trainers Marlon Shelton and Dorian Humphrey lead classes of like-minded students through invigorating fitness boot camps, and guide gym members through exercises on treadmills, heavy bags, freeweights, and machines. Through a mixture of plyometrics, nutritional guidance, sports training, and cardio, the seasoned athletes keep clients in shape with motivating weight-loss challenges, classes, and personal training.