Certified strength-and-conditioning specialist Dave Brixius defines his success by that of his athletes. To that end, he need only look to Marques Colston of the New Orleans Saints, Mike Cox of the Atlanta Falcons, or the Harrisburg Heat—the professional indoor-soccer team that he coached to become the American Conference champions—for proof of his training's efficacy. He has been teaching clients to tap into their potential at Explosive Sports Performance for 10 years, crafting programs that amp up speed, endurance, and strength. At his side is Ashley Brixius, whose group classes and personal-training sessions build female-specific workouts.
Their facility has been featured on news networks such as CBS for its supportive yet no-nonsense setting, where NFL players swing kettlebells beside high-school students and senior citizens. Though their services aim to improve the physical aspects of each visitor's game, Explosive Sports Performance also focuses on mental and academic achievements—David has led more than 15 football players to full athletic scholarships and spots on the U.S. Olympic tackle-spelling-bee team.
Once upon a time, Topher Young was overweight and unhealthy. One day, Topher decided to lose some weight. He bounced from diet to diet and downed supplements and other remedies that promised weight loss. Nothing worked. So Topher took another approach. He spent hundreds of hours researching weight loss, nutrition, and exercise, eventually becoming a certified personal trainer. Topher made the choice to lose weight the right way—with a combination of healthy eating habits and exercise.
Now he spends his days helping others that face the same roadblocks he once did. Topher guides clients through personal training and group boot-camp classes that combine fun exercises with an extra push when clients need it. He also complements workouts with nutritional advice, such as the best forms of protein or which type of shellacked fruit has the most calcium.
A training space of 4,200 square feet. Fifty feet of AstroTurf. Custom squat racks. Pull-up rings. 13 Stripes CrossFit is clearly outfitted for serious workouts. Their trainers lead the gym's namesake CrossFit workouts, slinging an ever-changing routine of high-intensity moves, which participants perform while carrying as much weight as they can. The gym also has its own workout style, Burner X, which matches CrossFit's intensity level but focuses on fat loss; as such, exercisers perform more reps while holding less weight.
Personal training has been the cornerstone of Max Fitness ever since the gym opened in 1998—a fact that was reinforced when owner Bentz Tozer Jr. was voted Best Personal Trainer by readers of Harrisburg Magazine in 2012. Bentz and his staff mock up blueprints for each client—which include thoughtful touches such as meal plans and online recipes—and pave the fitness way for people who want to build muscle mass, lose weight, or develop sports-specific skills. Supplementing the training, the staff leads fitness classes such as Fit Box, which weaves martial-arts techniques into full-body workouts. For lone wolves and humans who like to work out on their own, the gym also maintains a fleet of strength-training machines, cardio equipment, and free weights.
When it comes to exercise, results don't always come from lifting the heaviest weight or running endless miles of cardio. That's why the trainers at Integrity Fitness and Sports Development, LLC take a smarter approach to workouts. During their group training programs, one of their professional fitness coaches leads clients through 40- to 50-minute total-body interval workouts designed to bolster core strength, burn calories, and increase endurance. Whether they're looking to shed a few inches or shave seconds off on-field metrics, clients benefit from the training program's systematic approach; trainers switch up workouts every six weeks to keep muscles confused and minds rut-free. They also draw upon the motivation and accountability inspired by the tight-knit group setting. Trainers also offer private sessions, too, helping clients bust through progress plateaus with one-on-one attention. No matter their training preference, clients don't check their dedication as they walk out the door; free weekly motivational e-newsletter send the motivational cries of trainers echoing throughout clients' everyday lives.
Dedicated to promoting overall well-being through personal training, nutrition counseling, and stress-management programs, Absolute Wellness Group's staff consists of professionals including fitness instructors and a licensed massage therapist. Clients can swing by one of two locations for fitness boot camps alongside therapeutic services such as reiki, acupuncture, and massages. Absolute Wellness Group also regularly hosts an assortment of programs, including running programs designed to help runners of varying experience levels improve their cardiovascular endurance without actually having to spell "cardiovascular."