Under the guidance of chief instructor and seasoned mixed-martial-artist Stephen Whittier, students at Nexus practice engaging routines to improve both physical condition and self-defense. The women's fitness boot camp carves fit bodies during 60-minute sessions jam-packed with circuit training, trick roping, and noncontact kickboxing against incorporeal assailants. Students complete one workout per week on their own and attend two weekly sessions, scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, or Saturday morning. Instructors keep classes interesting by varying workouts, and a blend of muscular toning and cardio conditioning help keep legs from outpacing lungs or weary esophagi. After the first six weeks, students can discover noticeable changes in body composition, gaining motivation and losing weight and the tendency to flinch at incoming medicine balls.
Erin Brenton has believed in the possibility of transformation ever since she transformed her own life, marred by tragedy, into one of health and joy. When she was 9, she and her sister, Heather, were traveling door to door selling Camp Fire Girls of America items when the pair were struck by an underage drunk driver. The crash cost Heather her life and left Erin with severe head and leg trauma. Supported by her parents, friends, and eventually her own loving husband and kids, Erin learned to deal with the physical repercussions of that accident. To honor her sister’s memory, she decided to help others find their own health and happiness through exercise and support. To that end, she started Girls on the Go to make a place where people of all ability levels can enjoy physical activity and strive for healthier bodies.
She and her team of instructors now fill each week with a variety of original fitness classes, from women’s boxing to men’s speed and agility training. Erin also leads one-on-one personal-training sessions and the Driveway Divas fitness program, for which an instructor comes to clients’ homes for small-group training.
Technogym equipment and energizing music sets an upbeat tone at LiveLifeBelieve. The team of certified instructors stirs these energetic stimuli into more than 70 scheduled group classes, keeping students engaging cores and limbs during Zumba, body-combat, and body-yoga classes. Dedicated to modern equipment, cycling instructors keep legs pumping the pedals of CycleOps bikes, which simulate outdoor biking with realistic physics and four points of adjustment.
While parents exercise, kids stay safe and busy in the supervised Kid’s Cove play area. After workouts, parents can gather up their kids with one hand while the other two grab a cold drink from the smoothie bar.
Ann Marie Kelleher began dancing professionally at age 8, winning awards with her Irish dancing troupe. But with time came family and a career as a nurse, and dancing fell by the wayside in lieu of boring gym workouts. Then Ann Marie discovered Zumba. It married the best of both worlds—dance and exercise—and she immediately fell in love. Now a licensed Zumba instructor, Ann Marie and her staff help others stay in shape at Shakin N Groovin Zumba Fitness & Personal Training. Their fitness and dance classes include not only Zumba, but also cardio-kickboxing, club-dancing, and strength-training classes.
Athletic Republic Kingston's experienced trainers utilize science-based training to offer athletes an edge in a variety of sports. Their programs encompass baseball and fast-pitch softball, basketball, football, hockey, and more, as they strive to help athletes jump higher and run faster with video comparisons and individualized training. The facility also offers group, semiprivate, and private cross-fitness training programs with certified instructors.
The trainers of Be Fit Performance, Inc. never fit in at big, corporate gyms, where, they felt, clients' needs often got lost in the hustle. So they decided to create an environment that values personal relationships and depth of training over the quantity of training. During one-on-one personal training sessions, they help students of all levels build strength and burn fat, with regular health assessments to measure their progress. They also challenge groups with high-intensity Be Fit eXtreme fitness classes.