Certified personal trainer Dawn Christley has experience as an independent trainer and staff member at mainstream gyms, such as Gold's and Lifetime Fitness, which has enabled her to amass 15 years' worth of wellness know-how. As the owner of Power Train, Dawn now helms original boot-camp classes for youths and adults that draw from numerous workout techniques such as P90X, kickboxing, and repetitious finger wagging. Her one-on-one sessions continue to inspire individual clients, and her small group courses and corporate programs fuel efforts toward communal health. Though she characterizes her coaching methods as "intense and relentless," supportive words and biweekly fruit-basket deliveries showcase her devotion to each patron's physical betterment.
Luke Swift's fitness training started when he played soccer for a nationally ranked club in Chicago. He went on to sculpt his physique with more than 40 different coaches using methods ranging from bodybuilding techniques to endurance training. As an ISSA-certified fitness trainer, Swift draws on this experience as well as his knowledge of cardiovascular dynamics and muscle mechanics. He teaches classes at Anytime Fitness. By blending cardio and strength-training with nutritional instruction, he helps clients maintain their results in the long term.
Offering more than a dozen variations of hot yoga classes, Firefly Hot Yoga's instructors get pupils stretching and sweating their way to better health. Depending on the class, the studio is heated to different temperatures of up to 105 degrees, helping improve flexibility and circulation. Founded by two athletes who discovered yoga's benefits for athletes and non-athletes, Firefly's instructors help students of all experience levels hone their practice and perfect their ability to turn inside-out as a defense mechanism.
Calling upon experience in both personal training and group fitness, as well as professional certification, the trainers of Wayforward Fitness live by a simple philosophy: to motivate, excel, and inspire. They look to do this via personal training sessions and outdoor group classes. Designed for 5–20 students, these boot-camp-style workouts include core training, calisthenics, body-weight exercises, and stretching. Participants also receive tutelage in breathing and relaxation, as well as nutritional guidance.
Aradia Fitness's dance studio is outfitted with 12 golden poles on which students build pole-dance repertoires in classes that span seven levels. The pole classes, including a new coed pole-fitness class, focus more on building strength and imparting technique than sultry performance. Other fitness classes at the coed studio tone physiques and build endurance with other dance styles, from Zumba cardio-dance parties to chair-dance lessons, for when you're too tired to stand up.
At My Favorite Cardio Place, award-winning Instructor and fifth-degree black belt David Aquino teaches tae kwon do, cardio kickboxing, and martial-arts classes that are therapeutically targeted to children with autism, ADD, or Tourette’s syndrome. With more than 27 years of experience, Aquino offers a wide range of private, semi-private, and group classes all geared toward various skill sets. Limited class size ensures that participants reach their training goals quickly.