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.”
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily participants won't need her dance moves to get the most out of each class. Those prone to first-class jitters, though, can review the basic moves online before attending. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Inside-Out Sports keeps leg jockeys motoring with a 2,900-square-foot show room of shoes from trusted running brands such as Asics, Karhu, Saucony, Mizuno, Brooks, K-Swiss, and Newton. A knowledgeable staff composed entirely of runners, triathletes, and future uncles assists customers with treadmill stride analysis and gait-analysis tools. Shoes selected for customized fit and comfort will take pressure off toes, maintain healthy heels, and provide insecure insteps with positive support in their times of terrain-based trouble. Armed with a pair of perfectly fitting shoes, foot-mobiles can take their minds off potential damage to knees, ankles, or their reputation as the prettiest phalanges since the retirement of famous hand model and polymath Rollie Fingers. High-quality running shoes from Asics (starting at $99.99 for men) and K-Swiss (starting at $84.99 for women) insulate foot rockets from scorching the ground and ensure a smooth ride during any run.
Grandmaster Kang Seok Lee grew up in a small village in South Korea. He began his tae kwon do training at age 7, and shortly thereafter, got started with hapkido?a discipline designed to subdue adversaries by applying firm, focused pressure to specific joints. Kang was immediately drawn to the discipline, and eventually went on to win a world championship in hapkido in the 1970s, the same decade he and his family immigrated to the United States. The Tae Kwon Do Times featured him on their cover in 1996 and named him to their Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame in 2006.
In 1986, Kang opened his first school, and in the years since has managed to build a team of instructors chosen not only for their skills, but also for their good character and caring attitudes. Together, Kang and his team continue the traditions formed over the course of tae kwon do?s 2,000-year history, inviting students to participate regardless of their age, size, or sympathetic feelings toward wooden blocks. The grandmaster and his associates lead a variety of programs that emphasize self-defense skills and personal development, including introductory and belt-level-specific classes.
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.