It’s hard to imagine a trainer more dedicated to fitness than Josh Kuklak, the owner of Survival Fitness Gym. An ACE-certified personal trainer, Josh holds state records in powerlifting on the bench-press and deadlift platforms, and has also competed in hockey, tennis, karate, and weight training. Along with Diana Fisbeck, also an ACE-certified trainer, he leads boot camp-style workouts that call upon muscle confusion—through constantly varied routines—to promote building strength and melting fat.
Their boot camps fuse cardio, resistance training, and plyometrics into workouts that change every day to prevent workout burnout. Leaving treadmills and weight machines behind, the sessions incorporate a slew of nontraditional fitness equipment. Students might flip oversize tires and hang from gymnastics rings one day, and then heave sledgehammers and box heavy bags until they cry uncle the next. Their basic-training class focuses on core work and endurance, and strength training blends elements of powerlifting, bodybuilding, and functional training to pack on muscle and annihilate fat. The fitness duo also leads personal-training sessions, motivating clients to reach their goals and harmonizing with them during workout songs.
Maurice, the expert trainer behind Chainlink fitness training, aims to help guests reach their fitness goals through a nine-pronged core-conditioning program. He helps guests undergo complete body transformations by gradually working up to intense endurance and strengthen muscles after creating a healthy foundation of nutrition and exercise.
A division of Indiana University Health, IU Health Sports Performance boasts a staff of fitness coaches and doctors to help athletes of all ages to recover from injuries and optimize their physical fitness. For lay-people, nationally certified coaches encourage students to shed pounds and cumbersome suits of armor during adult fitness training classes and Zumba. Typically lasting 55 minutes or one hour, classes work muscles and burn fat with routines that minimize the risk of straining joints or muscles.
As a fifth grader, Dan Brown went out to his garage and started lifting his dad’s old sand-filled weights. He returned to the garage to lift regularly, spurred on by the inspiring figures he saw in ESPN2’s World’s Strongest Man competitions. Over time, strength training improved his play in baseball and football and instilled in him a newfound confidence.
Now, with years of experience and a kinesiology degree from Purdue University, Dan imparts that confidence to each of his students at Force Barbell. His conditioning classes, rooted in sports science, help participants of all skill levels build strength through an innovative mix of traditional power lifting and the use of atlas stones, tractor tires, and weight sleds.
Personal trainers Matt and Emily Hecker teach clients how to sculpt and strengthen their bodies using cardio, resistance training, and nutritional plans. The team of trainers—including a former Marine and a professional gymnast—lead one-on-one training sessions and small-group weight training, soothing yoga, or invigorating kettlebell classes .
The kettlebell workout, one of the trainers’ specialties, traces its origins to Russia, where for 350 years the round weight with its sturdy handle has been used to build functional strength and flexibility. At Hecker’s Fitness, teachers lead dedicated, supportive groups of students as they tone their cores and condition their muscles through this time-tested workout.