After more than two years of doing Zumba, Toni and Stacy launched Mix It Up Fitness in August 2012 to share their style of instruction with more people. They added a weight-training component to Zumba?a high-energy workout inspired by latin dance and other international moves?and also offer a hip-hop toning class where students dance with light weights. Both Toni and Stacy have Zumba B1 and B2 certifications, as well as certification from the International Fitness Association.
CrossFit West Chester's seasoned, certified coaches shepherd pupils through the multifaceted CrossFit curriculum, which combines elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular exercise to bulk up and burn fat without wearing out individual muscles. Amid a friendly yet motivational environment, members complete a rotating lineup of intense drills, such as lunges, pull-ups, and climbing oil-slicked ropes dangling from moving helicopters. Though varied in structure and specific tasks, each workout is designed to boost endurance, agility, and balance and can be scaled up or down to fit any fitness level. The supportive staff also offers personal training and nutritional advice to help bolster wellness regimens and avoid biting into stale barbells.
For more than a decade, the dedicated staff members at Summit Fitness Club have strived to set their gym apart from other athletic facilities with their personal approach to fitness. The owners are regularly on site to oversee operations and offer words of encouragement, and general manager Grace Fiorilla—a longtime gym member and an instructor for the past four years—calls upon her personal experiences at the gym to keep guests engaged.
The team cares for youngsters in the childcare area and leads classes ranging from martial arts–inspired BodyCombat sessions to flowing Pilates classes. The renovated space is populated with large-screen plasma TVs and row after row of free weights and cardio equipment, including cross-trainers, elliptical machines, and spinning cycles with computer feedback. In the lounge area—which is decorated with vibrant orange walls and multicolored, 3-D artwork—guests can sip complimentary coffee to help them ease into the day from workouts inadvertently performed while sleepwalking.
In 1975, MaxOut’s founder, Dr. Michael Mac Millan, began a study of muscle development that culminated in the invention of his proprietary MaxOut tower. Designed to increase weight training’s effectiveness, the system became the basis of the gym's trademark 60-minute, once-a-week workout. According to Mike Barwis—MaxOut’s head strength and conditioning trainer and a veteran college coach—the tower “allows us to put our bodies under stress safely … which can in turn increase our results in a short period of time.”
This dedication to achieving a measurable outcome is reflected in every aspect of MaxOut’s workout facility. Here, clients heft specially designed weights in the state-of-the-art strength studio or practice yoga, spinning, or Zumba during group fitness classes. Small-group and personal-training programs offer more individualized attention and motivation. Sprinter Matt Crowell teaches a specialty speed-training regimen, building athletes’ quickness with high-speed treadmills instead of migratory winged sneakers.
Michael Barbato knows what it's like to battle his own body. He'd started to put on the pounds when, one day, the sight of himself in a dressing-room mirror made him realize he needed to change his lifestyle. He started heading to the gym and settled into a workout routine, but it wasn't working. When he discovered working out with Russian kettlebells, he slimmed down and his outlook changed. Not only were his workouts never the same, but he was also determined to share the unique form of weight training with others.
Today, he and his fellow Russian Kettlebell Challenge–certified instructors encourage students to push themselves in group fitness classes as they swing and lift the rounded weights by their handles. Their services also include one-on-one and small-group training sessions. In whatever type of training he’s leading, Michael strives to create an atmosphere free of intimidation, where everyone feels encouraged to keep moving toward the spoils of both mental and physical changes.
CrossFit Proven's owners Matthew Chambers and Brittany Yilmaz have trained everyone from professional athletes to children. Matt's taken athletes to the Reebok CrossFit Games Regional three years in a row and a Master's athlete to the Games in 2011. While Matt and Britt take the competitive aspect of CrossFit seriously, they wholeheartedly believe fitness should be fun and approached holistically! Boot Camp provides that fun and amazing results without complicated barbell movements and high skill gymnastics! Proven also partners with Dr. Keven Turner with Living Well Chiropractic to provide body maintenance, while their other professional trainers provide top notch coaching in CrossFit, Nutritional Counseling, Yoga, Boot Camp and Strongman! CrossFit Proven is based on Proven Science for Proven Results.