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.
From sprint triathlons to half-ironman distance races, cycling to running, FS Series knows the thrill of pushing yourself to surpass your old race times. The staff at FS Series enjoys a good race. Their passion drives them to create and host numerous races each year that challenge attendants to conquer land and water to reach the finish. With RFID Race Timing Systems, they get live, onsite records of racers’ start and finish times, rather than relying on an old man with a sundial.
Leading fun, intense, and safe workouts, the instructors at East Cary Jazzercise Studio begin every class with a warm-up before moving on to 30 minutes of intense cardio. The routines incorporate not just jazz dance, but also elements of Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and resistance training to tone, lengthen, and strengthen the whole body, quickly and effectively.
Though certified CrossFit coach Andrea Logan helps fit-seeking clients to turn their lives around, she's had her fair share of challenges to overcome. Logan struggled for 13 years with an eating disorder, but rather than kowtowing to adversity, she not only punched through her hurdles, but used them to further fuel their drive and study of fitness.
With 20 years of eclectic sports and training experience, her voice reverberates across CrossFit APx's no-frills facilities, motivating students through constantly changing routines of high-intensity workouts ranging from pull-ups to push presses. Each exercise is designed to jet-propel students into the CrossFit core skills of endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy, and remembering long lists. The center strives to create a strong sense of community among its students, welcoming new members of all ages and fitness levels and promptly squashing any unfriendly back-alley spelling-bee competitions.
The words "Go Hard or Go Home" are scrawled across the lime-green walls of the New U Fitness LLC studio, firmly reiterating its trainers’ no-excuses approach to fitness. Among the facility’s punching bags, kettlebells, and resistance-training equipment, Mel Burgess and his staff of fellow NASM-certified trainers lead personal-training sessions and a variety of group classes, including boot camps and cardio boxing sessions. The studio’s nutritionist doles out healthy-eating tips and beneficial supplements. The staff also educates kids on weight management, nutrition, and antibullying strategies, such as learning how to defend themselves or how to quickly don fake mustaches while saying “he went that’a way.”