At Snap Fitness’ 24-hour gym, guests come and go armed with their access keys and are able to work out at their convenience. Around the gym, rows of cardio machines and stacks of free weights stand by as personal trainers show guests the most efficient ways to pump iron and bench-press their old refrigerators.
Fit 4 Life's bootcamp instructor Ronnie Stewart truly understands how maintaining one's fitness can improve their life. As an Army Ranger, he spent hours training his mind and his body to conquer a variety of challenges while serving his country. Though no longer in active duty, Ronnie still employs the techniques taught to him in the service by leading fitness and bootcamp sessions that push physical limits. Ronnie and his instructors break the 45-minute sessions into two different cycles, the first focusing on warm ups and upper body exercises, and the second directed and lower body and core movements. In addition to their bootcamp regimen, Fit 4 Life also offers nutritional counseling to help clients work toward their goals in the healthiest way possible. His approach to teaching, leading, and motivating others through fitness helps participants achieve their desired fitness goals. Ronnie's ability to help others has also gained the attention of local newspapers, radio, and TV stations alike, including ABC Columbia and ROCK 93.5.
Outside of Ronnie's bootcamp sessions, Fit 4 Life's staff also helps others nurture their bodies in personal training classes that bring all the focus solely on the client and the invisible friend they brought with them.
At Gyrotonic Columbia, certified instructors take full advantage of gyrotonic's circular, natural motions to help her clients get the most out of workouts. While seated on the machine, participants arch, curl, bend, and twist, using spine and pelvis to engage core muscles through a series of fluid, rhythmic, circular movements. These motions not only strengthen and tone, but also enhance flexibility and agility. As movements progress, hips and knees get in on the circulating action.
The cyclical activity also creates a particular breathing pattern that stimulates the nervous system and oxygenates blood. It's this comprehensiveness that makes gyrotonic effective, and it's why the instructors believe it is the ideal exercise. And, being able to scale workouts to beginners and veterans ensures that instructors can continual progress her clients toward their fitness goals.
Four simple letters sum up the training at The Train Station: HIIT. When broken apart with a firm karate chop, that acronym translates into high-intensity interval training. In other words, the trainers here lead exercisers through intense bursts of activity followed by lighter periods of rest and recovery. This type of training is designed to get hearts pumping, and it can burn more fat and calories than many aerobic exercises.
The certified trainers, Jeremy Whisennant, Kristen Nunn, and Melody Lown, also lead other exercise programs, including personal training, yoga, and tae kwon do for ages five and older. Jeremy can help people recover through physical therapy, as well.
CrossFit Blythewood, CrossFit Vista and CrossFit 1732 have joined forces to create Warrior Fitness. Warrior?s trainers guide athletes through traditional CrossFit classes, which tackle a new Workout of the Day (WOD) every day. Exercises vary, though they often include moves such as weight lifting, running, rowing, and unconventional moves such as tire flipping. Warrior Fitness also conducts outdoor boot camps and special fitness classes for kids.
Amid clanking plates and clients groaning to grind out that last set, Julius "JT" Thomas's voice can often be heard giving instructions. As the lead trainer at Freeplay Athletic Training, JT—a college football player with a biology degree—leads sports-specific workouts and training regimens to foster fitter, stronger, faster clients. The gym facilitates these goals by offering 24-hour access to weight machines, free weights, cardio machines, and areas devoted to explosive workouts with exercise balls and box jumps.