At Ultimate Body Shaping, certified personal trainer Mary Drake cultivates a supportive, results-oriented environment for shedding excess body fat and keeping it off. During boot camp, guests hustle through a circuit-style workout, lifting barbells and kettlebells while also pounding out kickboxing jabs and roundhouse kicks. Workouts are varied to keep muscles constantly working and often incorporate good, old-fashioned pushups, sit-ups, and breakups with cheeseburger barbells. Mary creates a supportive environment where fellow boot campers urge each other to take their efforts to the next level.
The instructors at Revolution Martial Arts believe that the skills students learn through martial arts—confidence, respect, and self-control, to name a few—can help to make them successful in other parts of life. In classes that are disciplined yet enjoyable, they guide students through routines of tai chi, tang soo do, and other styles of martial arts. The classes have physical benefits, too, resulting in increased endurance and toned physiques.
Title Boxing Club began as a cocktail of talents mixed together: the fighting prowess of former professional boxer Danny Campbell, the acumen of businessman Tom Lyons, and the top-of-the-line gear provided by owners David Hanson and Tony Carbajo. Hanson and Carbajo provided the gym’s equipment and outfitted the first location with an onsite pro shop. Campbell put together two signature Power Hour workouts, one based on boxing and the other on kickboxing. Lyons took care of the franchising, and the club has since spread all over the nation.
Trainers help members burn calories through a flurry of jabs, hooks, and crosses. Classes pound away at a sea of heavy bags while also working with speed bags, the double-end bag, and free weights. When the workout's over, members can head to the pro-shop area, where padded cage walls neatly separate the goods from the rest of the gym and provide an excellent place to duke it out over whose T-shirt looks better.
Northland Fitness Club, which moved to a new Blairs Ferry Road location in early 2012, stocks its gym with all the amenities of a metropolis exercise complex. Television shows entertain mental muscles while Precor and Stairmaster equipment stimulate and exercise heart and leg sinews. Circuit machines and weight training barbells, meanwhile, enable customized training for pectorals, biceps, forearms, and reararms, which spring from the middle of the back and help quarterbacks fend off blindside sacks. Nationally certified instructors lead group classes—including Zumba and yoga/Pilates fusion—six days a week, and personal trainers craft tailored workouts so that each trainee earns the best possible results. During the 10-week Max10 program, patrons launch kickboxing jabs and run resistance drills in a supportive setting specifically geared toward weight loss, wellness, and intimidating one's own reflection.
MAX10 Bodyshaping and Peak Fitness founder Travis Richardson fell in love with martial arts at age 10, and by 15, he had already earned his black belt in tae kwon do and won his first of six national championships. As an adult, Travis's curiosity with the limits of the human body led him to study psychology, natural health, and massage therapy. When he finally decided to open his own fitness studio, that physiological apprenticeship acted as the scaffolding from which he built his Max10 Body Shaping program.
The 10-week weight-loss and muscle-chiseling regimen blends exercise with healthy eating habits, supplemented by the mentorship of a trainer and support of a group environment. The workout portion breaks into intervals of kickboxing, resistance training, and plyometrics, increasing difficulty progressively to accommodate both beginning students and more seasoned athletes. Outside the gym, menus of healthy meals fuel the metabolism without the need to count calories or ravage the body with crash dieting—an early '90s diet that only allowed people to eat scrap left over from car accidents.
The women-only Inches-A-Weigh health club helps clients meet their fitness and weight-loss goals via a three-part figure-correction program. Each customized treatment plan involves private weekly weigh-ins, nutritional counseling, body sculpting, and cardiovascular exercises. A medley of spa-like services accompanies each program for quicker results. Treatments include body wraps, 30-minute sessions in an infrared sauna design to blast up to 800 calories at one go, and a French-algae skin-tightening wrap that will leave skin as taut and shiny as a shrink-wrapped skyscraper.