A common sight at boot camp is a red-faced instructor shouting intimidating commands to participants straining with pain. At Davis Training, the trainers aim to erase this stereotype by creating an encouraging and supportive environment in which they never force their members to do military-style drills. Each session is geared toward virtually any fitness level and is different from the previous, and this variety helps foster full-body conditioning instead of just building muscles in the arms, legs, or toes.
Lance Farrell drew from his extensive background in tae kwon do to take down opponents in the ring for many years before he realized he could use his powers to help others combat obesity and health issues. He developed Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping to provide patrons of all fitness levels with a comfortable place in which to undergo a mental and physical transformation, much like a crushed-velvet cocoon. He stripped away the sparring and contact drills from his fighter training, leaving just the components that burn fat and build muscle.
When students sign up for a program, they're grouped into teams of peers who encourage one another through moments of weakness and provide a sense of accountability. The instructors and coaches guide these teams toward fitness on a 10-week quest based on four pillars—cardiovascular exercise to burn fat, strength training to build muscle, nutrition coaching to map out a healthy diet, and enthusiastic trainers to provide motivation. At the end of each session, each of Farrell's locations rewards a student with a $1,000 prize—or a year’s worth of high-fives—congratulating them on their dramatic physical transformation. Students who stick around and strive to get healthy over the course of a year get a shot at the $10,000 prize, though winners have reported that leading a healthier life is a greater reward than the money.
CrossFit has always been about functional movement. While most people don't have much call for lifting massive tires, heaving weighted ropes, and leaping onto raised platforms outside of the CrossFit studio, the exercises help folks avoid injury and conserve energy during mundane tasks, such as toting around heavy groceries or competing on Double Dare.
But folks cannot live on CrossFit alone. That's why Fit Society of Colorado?originally founded as a CrossFit gym?quickly expanded its reach to offer a whole spectrum of services devoted to wellness. After a characteristically intense and varied CrossFit workout, members might wind down with a Swedish or sports massage; if something seems off down the road, they can book an appointment with an acupuncturist, chiropractor, nutritional consultant, or life coach.
The breadth of Fit Society's offerings is partly a reflection of its head coach and cofounder, Adam Lauber: the CrossFit expert is also a personal trainer, massage therapist, and consultant with athletic-performance specialists Athlete Cell. To help fill in what little gaps remain, his fellow trainers lead boot camps, dance fitness, and yoga sessions, making the center so well-rounded that staff have to take turns keeping it from rolling down the hill.
From New York City to Honolulu, National Fitness Solutions leads outdoor workouts that foster a sense of community and deliver a heaping helping of expert guidance. Undaunted by rain and wind, the instructors cancel their outdoor sessions only in cases of severe weather or pterodactyl attack. Regimens are designed for participants of all fitness levels, and all you need to sign up is 16 years between the current date and the issuing of your birth certificate.
Whether by food or fitness, 4Ever Be Fit offers multiple means of reaching new levels of health and self-confidence. One way is through indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes, which incorporate cardio work, stretching, and a variety of other exercises designed to challenge students of all fitness levels. More attention comes in the form of personal-training sessions, led by nationally certified trainers who assist with weight loss, bodybuilding, and encyclopedia throwing. 4Ever Be Fit also offers customized meal plans and moisture-wicking apparel by My Inspire Wear.
Trainers Daniel Torres and Heidi White help clients lose fat, gain muscle, and look their best in highly customized personal-training sessions. The trainers use a fitness assessment to determine which muscles are underactive or overactive, then design workouts that will correct existing imbalances. Sessions take place in both indoor and outdoor facilities.