Squatting, lifting, and running are everyday occurrences for people going about their busy lives, but Calibrated CrossFit’s trainers shed a new light on the functional movements. Their CrossFit classes weave high-intensity versions of the moves into daily-changing routines, which work the body differently every day to avoid fitness plateaus. Augmented by nutritional guidelines, the classes sculpt muscles quickly and efficiently.
When organizing exercise regimens for his clients, personal trainer Matt Kasee draws inspiration from several periods of his life: the time he spent studying anatomy in graduate school, his process of becoming certified by the NSCA and ACSM, and of course, his trips to Disney World. Matt sees the theme park as an exemplary model of thorough planning and originality, which are concepts he strives to incorporate in his fitness programs. Just as each Disney attraction is hyperconscious of its target audience, his routines are customized to each person and their goals. He also tries to emulate the park's knack for mixing entertainment with education—his workouts prioritize fun and variety as motivational tools rather than intimidation or the threat of playing "It's a Small World" on a loop.
Matt leads both private and semiprivate training sessions with specific milestones in mind. Whether his clients want to lose weight, bulk up, or enhance their athletic performance, his methods adjust to suit their respective starting points and goals. He gives guests the competitive edge with movement analyses, nutrition tips, and gym guidance, and he even encourages patrons with online coaching.
While running a Stroller Strides exercise program for new moms, personal trainer Candice Peters found her calling. As she said during an interview with Cincy Chic, she wanted to recapture "the energy of women…[in] a non-intimidating and non-judgmental environment." To that end, she opened Hyde Park Body Boutique, where she ushers ladies of all ages and body types toward their fitness goals. She emphasizes no-frills functional fitness with TRX suspension gear and a distinct lack of fancy machines—the studio only stocks treadmills and elliptical machines that drop their "g"s and prefer bagels to crumpets.
Because of this stripped-down aesthetic, the studio leaves room for the sun to dapple the hardwood floors as Candice pilots weight-loss regimens, postnatal workouts, and sports-centric routines alike. During group classes, which include boot camp, TRX, and kettlebells, she continues to embody the accepting attitude that led to her studio's creation, encouraging students to set their own pace.
At RJ Fitness, founder Rachelle approaches fitness as a collective task, leading intensive group workouts that get her clients to exercise harder and push themselves further than they would on their own. During her Body-Sculpt Boot Camp sessions, participants are continuously engaged and pushed in a non-intimidating atmosphere. Besides interval training, strength training, and bodyweight exercises, the camp incorporates healthy eating plans from a certified nutritionist. This whole-lifestyle approach helps clients quickly burn away body fat, build muscle, and increase cardiovascular endurance, so they can quickly get into the best shape of their life. Rachelle also leads hour-long, calorie-blasting Zumba classes, where students burn fat to the varying beats of salsa, merengue, and international music. The simple dance moves are easy to follow, even with two left feet or two left brains, making the energizing routine appropriate for all skill levels.
Modo Yoga's signature 40-posture hot-yoga series blends standing poses with prone poses—such as corpse pose—on the studio's cork floors. That doesn't mean the classes are all identical, though. Some encourage a meditative silence, while others focus on flowing transitions between postures. Each instructor brings a personal flair to teaching, too, often setting a session-specific goal, such as building students' awareness of their breath or strengthening their core muscles.
During your two-month membership ($80, plus the $35 key-card charge to access the building) at Anytime Fitness, you can re-bloom your wilted health with the state-of-the-art facility's diverse range of cardio and strength equipment. Exploit muscles for non-financial gain with free weights, tone legs on the treadmills, undergo a demanding tour de fitness-center via exercise bikes, or just catch up on reruns of Homeboys from Outer Space with the gym's HDTV monitors. If the flawed workout plan you concocted yourself results only in frighteningly muscular ring fingers, one of Anytime's motivating personal trainers can prescribe a regimen designed to help you meet your fitness goals during a personal-training session ($55). For an even swifter kick in the shants, drop in for one class of boot camp (your first class is free)—an intense combination of cardio, resistance, stretching, and a range of challenging movements and exercises. When you've finished sculpting your flesh-statue, purify yourself of sweat and fried-cheese memories in Anytime's private restrooms and showers.