Sean M. Broderick’s eclectic mix of experiences in the personal-training business echoes his whole-body approach to wellness. Rather than just relying on being an internationally accredited instructor, which he is, he expanded his knowledge by becoming a sports-performance coach, athlete, nutritional consultant, and fitness model. Today, he serves as the head trainer at United Health & Fitness, where he and his colleagues boost the well-being of men, women, and children of all ages and experience levels.
Within the bright-turquoise walls of the fitness center, certified trainers spot students as they strengthen and tone muscles during small-group exercise classes. In doing so, they demonstrate the basic steps of weightlifting in Bodybuilding 101 or help their pupils hasten heart rates with choreographed footwork in kickboxing classes. In addition to group sessions, trainers take pride in customizing workout regimes to suit each individual during one-on-one personal training, which follows the business’s motto that “there is no generic person in this world.”
There was a time when an understanding of biomechanics, physiology, and nutrition might have made you a doctor, but in modern times, they're the prerequisite studies of a personal trainer. Mike Marchese combines these sciences with eight years of experience to create the core training regimen at MRG Fitness Studio. He and other staff members round out the schedule with group fitness classes, such as yoga and athletic strength and conditioning, a program profiled by silive.com.
The trainers make their home in a modest, mirrored studio, with workout equipment sprouting from every wall, the floor, and even the ceiling. Suspension harnesses and a punching bag dangle into the space, flanked by a classic bench press, racks of free weights, and other, less decipherable pieces of equipment whose purpose is known only to trainers and the workout elves who created them.
At Limitless Fitness Studios, the motto is “live without limits,” but in order to do this, each athlete must follow the Limitless Code. Steeped in support and encouragement, the code includes tenets such as “never compromise form for speed,” “go hard or go home,” and even permits a little swearing as long as clients resolve to never quit. Clients employ the code during daily classes, which range from TRX suspension training and boot camp to Zumba, power yoga, and indoor cycling. Instructors also helm kickboxing classes, kettlebell training, ballet boot camps, and classes that focus specifically on building a strong core.
Led by Jose Aleman, a seasoned ballroom dancer and ACE-certified fitness instructor, Zumba Fusion’s lineup of cardio classes employs a calorie-busting combination of energy, coordination, and sultry dance moves inspired by salsa, samba, and tango. Aleman brings more than 20 years of teaching experience to each session, demonstrating easy-to-follow steps with patience and more grace than a production of Swan Lake performed by actual swans. Designed for exercisers of all levels, Zumba workouts melt calories to dynamic rhythms from around the world, creating a routine that is as fun as it is effective. In addition to raising heart rates, each class tones muscles throughout the body, which can help students run faster, jump higher, and bench-press monster trucks outside of class. And Zumba’s moves also translate to the club dance floor, instilling participants with confidence and a touch of exotic charm.
Dolphin Fitness Clubs' forest of humming and clanking exercise equipment is overseen by knowledgeable staff who are eager to dole out instruction on playing nicely with the machines and to pass along workout tips. Professional cardio- and strength-training equipment, from top manufacturers such as Cybex, Streamline, and Hammer, abounds as the certified trainers lead clients through customized workouts that are supplemented by nutritional counseling. The trainers also conduct group fitness classes—such as Zumba—in their expansive studios. Hordes of flat-screens line the gym walls, regaling fitness-seekers with distractions in the form of TV shows and movies such as Babe, a pig in the city who overcame all odds to run his first marathon.