National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer Anna Dornier founded Transform FX Fitness Bootcamp after a frustrating period of weight-loss guesswork, during which she relinquished fruitless gym visits for a variable, 45-minute class structure. Anna's triumph over her own unwanted pounds inspired her to help others, and she now holds indoor boot-camp sessions for clients of all fitness levels. Though each class challenges participants to stretch their physical limits, everyone is encouraged to move at their own pace through an invigorating medley of strength and cardio exercises. Regular measurements calculate body-fat percentage and the number of kettlebells you can fit in your mouth to showcase individual progress. A members-only online community also doles out community support, nutrition resources, and tools for tracking your health headway.
Tired of being relentlessly teased by his older brother, Matt Johnson decided to head to San Diego State University and pursue a degree in kinesiology. Shortly after transforming his body and his life, he opened Dream Body Boot Camp in an effort to help others on their fitness paths. As the 2012 winner for Best Boot Camp by San Diego A-List and 2013 winner for Best Bay Area Boot Camp by CityVoter, Dream Body has brought its program to the Bay Area, sculpting muscles and shedding fat through intense 60-minute cardio and strength-training workouts instructed by Matt himself. Men and women of all fitness levels can sign up for the camp, as long as they’re ready to run sprints, do push-ups, and high-five someone other than themselves.
Led by Kyle Barker, 925Bootcamp challenges guests with a variety of strength-building exercises offered several times a day throughout the week. Once committing to a boot camp, guests meet one-on-one with a personal trainer to discuss fitness goals, nutrition, and what to whisper in a kettlebell’s ear before lifting it. During the 45-minute classes, guests run through circuits, wail on punching bags, and reprimand uppity thighs with numerous squats.
You don't have to be an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter to train like one at UFC Gym. That's because instructors at the fitness haven teach the training techniques and mixed martial arts of the UFC during a wealth of classes and personal training sessions. Members can learn kicks, punches, and jabs during cardio box and combat challenge classes, and build formidable abs in Killer Core. In doing so, they'll develop the strength, muscle tone, and endurance to finally outrun the neighborhood bull.
Every day is different at Kaia F.I.T. Walnut Creek. The coaches change up the routines every day to create intense, muscle-confusing workouts that challenge the body in new ways in order to avoid plateaus. What's more, they forgo the intimidation of jumping into an already-progressing fitness program or onto an already speeding treadmill by establishing two programs throughout the year. One program is known as Brik, a fitness crash-course that pairs intense workouts with fitness assessments, progress tracking, and nutritional guidance for six weeks. The other program, Core sessions, involves five weeks of Functional Intense Training to build strength and endurance. By combining the two programs, the coaches help women reach their fitness goals while building a community and creating healthy habits.
Between partner-based exercises and the inspirational commands of a certified personal trainer, community is a constant motivator during EmpowerFIT’s boot-camp classes. The savvy team of fitness gurus switch up the maneuvers of each daily class to help keep students engaged, and high- and low-impact variations of each move scale to the abilities of each student. The result is a full-body workout that relies on functional movements such as jumping, running, pushing, pulling, and bopping it.
Lynch Fitness doesn't have a traditional gym's ubiquitous rows of cardio equipment, stacks of heavy weights, or people-size hamster wheels. Instead, the airy studio's sizeable windows shed natural light on nationally certified trainers leading boot-camp classes focused on functional motions and circuit training. Their approach foregoes weightlifting and machines that limit bodies to singular movements. The sweat-summoning workouts are more dynamic and eclectic than that, as members might find themselves using TRX suspension-training bands, modifying body-weight exercises on a BOSU ball, or twirling heavy ropes. Most of the classes last 45 minutes, and trainers help members incinerate a higher number of calories by encouraging them in constant motion throughout the workout.
In addition to the boot camps, the trainers also offer personal-training sessions to hone in on individual goals. Monthly seminars, a running club, and group outings such as a standup paddleboarding adventure encourage group camaraderie and extend active lifestyles outside of the gym.