The individual attention of personal training and the camaraderie of team workouts converge at The Edge, a 3,000-square-foot kettlebell gym inside Personally Fit’s workout studio. Here, certified personal trainers lead three types of functional fitness classes that use tools such as weighted sleds and suspension-training harnesses to increase strength, burn calories, and gear up for Santa’s annual reindeer tryouts. During the studio’s signature kettlebell classes, students sculpt limbs and cores using cast-iron weights shaped like small cannonballs. To help to prevent injuries and reap each motion’s benefits, a Russian Kettlebell–certified instructor stresses proper form throughout the workout. The earth’s gravitational pull powers TRX classes, which help up to 10 students to master body-weight exercises using suspension-training straps. Since each movement can be tailored to a variety of skill sets, these workouts suit the needs of new exercisers and seasoned athletes alike. Built around a circuit of cardio and strength stations, boot camps boost fitness levels with sandbags and battling ropes, not piggyback rides from Richard Simmons.
The painful experience of watching his father endure several heart attacks, and eventually a heart transplant, left its mark on John Latham, but the effect wasn’t entirely negative. His father’s struggles convinced John, at the young age of 12, that fitness and nutrition are the route to a long, healthy life. Since then, he’s trained more than 40,000 clients. He complements personal training with nutritional consultations to boost weight loss, and he also leads group fitness classes.
A successful exercise regimen involves just as much inspiration as perspiration, according to the certified trainers who helm motivFit. Their fitness and nutrition programs don't just teach participants to count and burn calories; they jump-start lives by pairing goal-focused coaching with group accountability. Designed with both fun and safety in mind, challenging outdoor workouts empower participants to make exercise a part of their daily routine. Aerobics and trail runs torch calories instantly, and weightlifting and resistance training rally the metabolism by building lean muscle mass. Group activities such as relay races build camaraderie, transforming participants into teams that motivate one another. The workouts can be tailored to any fitness level, allowing new exercisers and elite athletes to train side by side. As pounds and inches melt away, confidence grows and self-esteem blooms as boldly as a tulip watered with Buzz Aldrin's joyful tears. Nutrition resources such as recipes and meal plans complement the workouts, helping participants forge healthy lifestyles for the long haul.
During her previous career as an interior designer, Dream To Be Fit owner Taryn Landberg spruced up rooms with an eye for artistry and a head for detail. Now a certified personal trainer, she applies the same dedication to form and function when renovating human physiques. When not busy plotting rigorous workouts and personalized nutritional programs for clients of all shapes, sizes, and ages, Taryn and her well-rounded team of trainers lead one-hour morning boot-camp fitness classes that shun routine to keep minds and muscles energized. She also stocks Dream To Be Fit's three locations with stimulating equipment that makes for creative exercises, inviting exercisers to torch calories by crawling through a foam pit, performing pull-ups on gymnastics rings, or shouting at a video of themselves ordering a pizza.
Jonathan DePaz doesn’t waltz through life—he glides. Whether portraying Aladdin in Disney on Ice or leading skating-inspired fitness classes at DePaz Energie Fitness Center, he channels his energy into smooth, athletic movements that captivate others. Filled with motions that mimic speed skaters, figure skaters, and breakdancing zambonis, his signature Skatergie workouts raise heart rates as they sculpt the core and glutes. His other love, martial arts, informs CardioKick routines, which melt calories and stress with punches and kicks. DePaz also helms one-on-one training sessions, which can help clients become slimmer, stronger, and stretchier.
James Deirmendjian had a decorated career as a brazilian jujitsu practitioner, winning martial-arts competitions and teaching submission grappling. He's parlayed that success into opening Fight Fit Training, where he helps clients get fit through boxing and kickboxing training, kettlebell workouts, and traditional lifting.