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 boot-camp classes are tailor-made to send wrecking balls of encouragement through stonewalled fitness routines. All sessions are led by Doug Seamans, a certified personal trainer, weight-loss expert, and mixed-martial-arts practitioner who's equal parts combat boots and enthusiasm. Doug will assume the role of drill sergeant during boot camp; the environment is made to feel encouraging, but only for participants willing to work hard and push themselves to a critical mass of sweaty exertion. Workouts are designed to utilize every pit and portion of the human body, keeping each class interesting and challenging. Potential training includes body-weight exercises, plyometrics, dumbbell repetitions, isometrics, short-distance running, sprinting, stability balls, cardio and strength training, throwing refrigerators, and more.
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.
Founded by a former amateur boxer with a passion for hard-core personal training, Knock Out classes retain the sting of a butterfly and the grace of a bee. Session sizes are kept small (two to five students) to merge the collaborative spirit of a group workout with the individualized attention of a personal trainer. The small gym space, which is closed to the public, strips away distractions as students employ a variety of machines and repurposed industrial mainstays to achieve their inner Terry Funk. Punch through the gym walls at the end of class, returning to your normal life better equipped to lift small children and compact European cars. Call ahead to schedule; class times are based on customer reservations.