A former Marine and certified personal trainer, Daniel Sands eschews screaming and pushups for an extra dose of personal attention. Just as Marine Corps instructors reprogram recruits through repetition, Sands seeks to re-educate clients on how best to incorporate exercise and healthy cooking choices into busy lives. Daniel?s boot-camp style Hybrid MaxFit classes tone muscles, and Zumba classes help sculpt the body through easy-to-learn latin dance moves. Daniel also offers personal-training sessions, where he can customize routines for all fitness levels and demonstrate the modified positions, handholds, or cyborgian insoles that can improve performance.
The certified and degreed trainers of Body Evolution don't judge themselves by their personal accomplishments, but by their clients' results. Body Evolution trainers know that every person is mentally and physically different, so no single fitness approach will work for everyone. Trainers Vince Hogue and Tristen Hines also adhere to this principle, and use their experience to draft workout regimes that inspire clients, nurture their health, and reduce daydreams of owning a house made of Twinkies. To ensure he continues to give clients an optimal workout, ACE nationally recognized and CPR/AED-certified trainer Walt Fleitz regularly attends seminars and studies new methods. His favorite quote from Maya Angelou sums up his beliefs the best: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Even as a child, Charlie Sims knew there was no magic potion you could drink to transform yourself into a champion athlete. If he wanted to score touchdowns on the football field or hit a homerun on the baseball diamond, he needed to work harder and train smarter than his rivals. This tough, seasoned athlete brings his years of sports training and triathlon competition experience to the CrossFit Regeneration gym, where he leads fellow fitness-seekers in challenging workouts.
Dumbbells, rowing machines, and medicine balls speckle the padded floors of his intimate studio, where Charlie and a team of CrossFit Level 1 certified instructors emphasize technique and safety as they lead students through wide variety functional exercises. They focus on exercises that mimic movements from everyday life, such as squats evocative of bending down to pick up the laundry basket or pull-ups reminiscent of peeking over your neighbor?s fence to watch HBO for free. In addition to leading workouts, the instructors provide students with nutritional guidance and support. Committed to creating a supportive community in their gym, the trainers often host parties and special events for their students and teachers.
Yoga For Real’s Cheri Harvey radiates lighthearted humor and a positive attitude as she guides students toward inner peace, spiritual epiphanies, and supportive friendships with fellow yogis. Harvey draws upon her extensive training to lead Hatha and Kundalini classes filled with classic poses, deep-breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. To promote safe exercise, she emphasizes proper alignment frequently—during stretches, standing poses, sun salutations, and whenever students need to parallel park—and happily modifies movements to suit each student's strength and flexibility.
Intent on fueling students’ personal growth, Harvey supplements her workouts with workshops on topics such as controlling clutter and setting boundaries with friends and family, as well as couples yoga. She also leads private sessions geared toward helping trainees reach goals such as building home-based yoga practices or shaking up future business meetings with unexplained breathing demonstrations.
If the mere sight of Cristopher Reed’s biceps doesn’t convince you of his passion and knack for physical fitness, he might convince you with his abundance of certifications—from a bachelor’s degree in exercise science to his professional membership with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Reed has worked in the fitness industry since the age of 14, taking on such diverse roles as corporate personal trainer, boot-camp instructor, and high-school wrestling coach. Today, he owns and operates Ascend Fitness, a large private-training studio.
Stacked with professional-fitness equipment and free weights, the gym hosts personal-training sessions, boot camps, and fitness classes. It also has a wrestling club for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Reed also takes his services outside the club. He conducts personal-training sessions in customers’ homes, offices, or the 19th century poetry section of their local libraries—which typically have the heaviest volumes for lifting.