A man of many talents, Antonio Rendon keeps clients healthy in their bodies and minds. Through his website, myTrainerAntionio.com, the personal trainer schedules sessions for individuals or groups to stay active through such activities as boxing, spinning, salsa dancing, or boot camp. Kids improve their speed, power, and dexterity in basketball camps, and self-defense courses teach adults to tackle real-world threats, such as falling pianos. As a lifestyle coach, Antonio combines a focus on mental discipline with an understanding of fitness and nutrition, helping his charges revise their diets and drop unhealthy habits, such as eating cigarettes.
At 235 pounds, Michelle "MJ" Maxey was ready for a change. Her struggle with obesity not only jeopardized her health, but her career, love life, and happiness. Determined to cast aside her unhealthy lifestyle, MJ spent the next six months challenging herself with vigorous physical exercise and proper diet.
Today, MJ is virtually unrecognizable. Gone are the excess pounds and unhealthy habits, and in their place are powerful muscles and a deep appreciation and understanding for fitness and nutrition. At the Maxxout LLC training center, MJ joins forces with a crew of certified personal trainers to conduct boot camps and personal-training sessions designed to torch fat and tone muscle. The trainers also provide clients with nutrition tips, lists of healthy foods, and tactics for telling a carrot from a box of donuts with a picture of a carrot taped on top.
Pride Conditioning's power yoga classes are tailor-made for building strength and flexibility through energetic vinyasas and dynamic postures. All skill levels, from novice yogis to reincarnated pretzels, are peacefully prodded by instructor Drucilla "Dru" Coley through a challenging amalgamation of yoga and fitness exercises.
At Hayastan-IMB Mixed Martial Arts, expert fighters teach adults and kids to not only fend off potential attackers, but also to evade a less tangible assailant: workout boredom. Rather than training with repetitive treadmill runs, students tone their physiques in combat classes using techniques such as grappling—a mostly ground-based style that blends jujitsu, judo, and wrestling. Kickboxing-and-MMA-fusion courses mix knee and elbow strikes with classic kicks and punches, and multiple levels of fitness boot camp burn fat, bolster endurance, and strengthen and condition bodies.
Alan Threatt, the head coach and NFPT-certified trainer at Just Fit, is his clients’ greatest ally. Along with a team of other inspirational coaches, Alan leads one-on-one personal-training sessions tailored to each client's needs. The crew also blasts away calories during group classes, such as Les Mills BodyPump barbell classes that use a low-weight, high-repetition technique to work every major muscle group. Just Fit also offers ladies-only classes, such as the Busy Woman’s Workout and Bridal Boot Camp. To boost results, Alan and team dole out expert nutritional advice.
Dayron Booth, Knock Out’s passionate boxing trainer, transforms clients into fit and focused jabbing machines. Booth corrals groups of two–five adults for 30-minute classes teeming with personalized encouragement and tips on form and penmanship. In addition to bolstering hand-eye coordination, adult classes cultivate strength with lifting exercises, jump-rope challenges, and tummy-tightening calisthenics such as pushups and crunches. Filled with positive energy and high-intensity punching drills, Lights Out classes torch calories and tone arm muscles. Like a trip to the airport in a clown car, kids’ boxing classes last 90 minutes and hold up to 15 pint-size people. Featherweights aged 5–11 learn boxing basics tailored to their age and skill level, including stances, blocks, and uppercuts that double as daring ballet moves. Kids’ classes take place on Saturday at noon, and adult classes wriggle into morning, afternoon, and evening slots that accommodate participants’ schedules.
South Charlotte Crossfit is more than just a gym. Instead of leaving visitors to work out on their own, the team of instructors—including former athletes and two competitive-weightlifting coaches—fosters a supportive community spirit by embracing CrossFit’s group fitness regimen. The highly varied sessions provide full-body workouts by combining a variety of functional exercises, which can incorporate everything from medicine balls and chin-ups to free weights and sprints. To ensure that attendees safely push themselves while still getting suitably challenging workouts, the instructors allow each member of the class to either modify or intensify the exercises to complement their capabilities and fitness levels.