Brandon Monin makes the most of the space at One Up Sports Performance and Wellness. As head trainer and instructor, Brandon leads personal-training sessions and group workouts that use the equipment at his disposal to push clients toward their fitness goals and develop skills in a variety of sports. The experienced strength and conditioning coach has experience studying and analyzing sport movement that he uses to design plans for athletes in a variety of sports, including soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. He specializes in evaluating and assisting in golf fitness, holding a certification from Titleist Performance Institute. He shares his knowledge in a 4,000-square-foot studio that features a spread of weight-training equipment and a special area that resembles grass so athletes can feel like they're training on a field or inside an alien zoo exhibit meant to resemble their habitat.
In part, owner Jeremy Guarino defines his fitness center by what it isn't. Build a Machine Fitness has "no ellipticals, no smoothie bar, no mirrors, no TVs," its website states. Instead, explains the personal trainer and former Recon Marine, exercisers lift heavy objects and move them long distances while heart-revving music plays. This philosophy guides the entire fitness center. It's most notably present in the intense, daily-changing cross-training classes, which put Jeremy's certifications in CrossFit and yoga to use. In addition to cross-training, the studio offers group and individual personal-training programs.
The instructors at Evolation Yoga help their students achieve greater health and centeredness with a unique blend of hot yoga and meditation. Rather than subscribing entirely to the tenets of Bikram yoga, they incorporate other yogic styles for a more fluid approach that’s accessible to all students. To achieve the best results, they lead classes in studios heated to keep the mug of tea balanced on each student’s head piping hot. They also organize regular workshops and events at each of the studio's eight locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Australia.
Inside Achieve Personal Fitness, sun-drenched wooden floors give way to a jungle of machines. But don't be intimidated by the different weights, pulleys, and levers—personal trainers are there to guide you through them. The trainers provide one-on-one attention to handle an array of fitness goals, often combining nutritional counseling with a blend of cardio and weight training. Each 30-minute set of exercises is tailored to the client's individual needs, whether the aim is to lose weight, increase muscles mass, or hone bodies for a specific sport.
Attending a Zumba class at Sow It Now Health and Fitness makes for not only a healthier individual, but also a healthier community. That's because owner, personal trainer, and Zumba instructor Joscelynn Baio promises a portion of the class proceeds to two local churches and People Inc., a nonprofit that offers aid to people with special needs. So while attendees sweat and sway to Latin beats, their dollars help community members and organizations thrive.
Zumba's dance-infused workouts were a natural progression for certified instructor Jayme Smith, who has been dancing since the age of 2. She began teaching at her mother's studio when she was just a teen, continuing to helm her own hour-long classes at Miss Barbara's School of Dance and Erie Community College today. The easy-to-follow steps set to upbeat Latin rhythms help students of all fitness levels burn calories, tone muscles, and prepare for impromptu dance parties in the grocery-store line.