Gretchen Dusseau and Keri Crost faced a challenging paradox: how could those with little time achieve the level of fitness their body needs?This is when they founded their own fitness philosophy, launching System of Strength.
At SOS, Gretchen and Keri's team take participants through a five-part training system that covers metabolic, eccentric, strength, and isometric training, with a healthy smattering of stretching and diet tossed into the bargain. This approach guides each of SOS?s classes, creating dynamic workouts that incorporate exercises such as plyometrics, yoga poses, and Pilates combinations that can be adjusted for every fitness level.
Gretchen and Keri empathize with their clients, understanding how easily mental obstacles and everyday distractions can get in the way of a fitness regimen, what with family obligations and smart phones that need to be fed every hour. To help clients soldier through these challenges, they pepper SOS?s site with motivational quotes and posts success stories as sources of inspiration.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
At Old Skool Fight Sports and Fitness, the coaching team focuses on boxing. In fact, head coach Rob Pilger is a boxer himself?he has won three Golden Gloves championships and fought professionally. Nowadays, though, he and his team helm boxing workouts for all levels. Their boot camps, for instance, focus on skills more than fighting in the ring, with exercises like jump roping, burpees, and footwork drills. They also lead more advanced training sessions for competitive boxers, along with youth boxing workouts and mixed-martial-arts sessions.
The encouraging shouts of Nathan Jordan and his band of fellow certified trainers echo off the bright-green walls of the Jackhammer Strength Training studio, overpowering the clatter of weights and the huff of exercisers. Pulling from their own unique styles and approaches to exercise, each of the three seasoned instructors lead boot camp and personal-training sessions, guiding students of all fitness levels as they grapple with free weights, kettlebells, and suspension straps. The trainers encourage healthy lifestyle beyond the studio by teaching students tricks for improving their diets, such as which low-calorie snacks are most filling, and which greens can make you punch through walls.