Former professional football player LaDairis Jackson has turned his sports experience into a personal training mission. Believing that a good attitude and a willingness to work hard are vital factors in his clients’ journey to better fitness, he offers intense one-on-one sessions, group boot-camp classes, nutritional counseling, and sports-specific training to everyone from gym beginners to athletes. LaDairis’s friendly motivation and encouragement have helped many of his clients lose weight and build lean muscle.
During a Men’s Fitness photo shoot for the article “One-Off Workout: A Cardio Replacement Routine,” fitness model Tim McComsey lifted a barbell and held a dead-lift pose as the cameras flashed. The article explains five exercises requiring stellar form, and shows pictures of McComsey executing each one accordingly. As a National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified trainer at TRyM Fitness, McComsey demonstrates the same level of expertise while he shows how to perform lifts properly during personal-training sessions, fitness boot camps, and piano-tossing tournaments. Most of his workouts rely on a mix of plyometric, TRX training, and bodyweight exercises. To augment his clients’ results, McComsey draws upon his dietitian training to offer online meal plans.
Certified personal trainer Wendy Hajik hosts one-on-one workouts inside I/Systems Gym, a fitness facility dedicated to those who are serious about exercise. Wendy's experience includes fitness competitions, but her training sessions aren't just geared toward people who want to bulk up. She also devises workout routines that slim and tone muscle throughout the body. As an added bonus, Wendy's massage therapy license means she can alleviate aches from freshly-worked muscles.
Fitness instructor and trainer Jeannie Warfel lives for fitness—for more than 30 years, she's made practicing and teaching exercise her primary goal. At her studio, Jeannie Fitness, she strives to share this passion with others, offering a variety of classes to help meet each individual's needs. Calorie-blasting Zumba classes turn losing weight into a fun dance party where participants can burn as many as 800 calories in one session. Other small-group classes include kickboxing and yoga.
Equipment: Free weights and functional equipment including tires and ropes
Students should bring: Bottle of water and a towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Ashley Bristo leads every Zumba class as if it were a party. Admittedly, these parties use dance-inspired cardio exercises to provide an invigorating, full-body workout, but the pulsing Latin soundtrack and infectious energy help keep students' moving. Attendees don't even need any previous dance experience since participating is as simple as watching Ashley perform the easy-to-learn moves and then following her lead. Regular exercise is rarely enough to see true weight loss though—regardless of how often students attend or how many layers of chainmail they wear to the studio—which is why Ashley also offers nutritional guidance intended to help people begin making healthier lifestyle choices outside of class.