Throughout Jim Sayih’s career, he’s helped people from all walks of life get in shape. He’s created fitness programs used by the US Secret Service and SWAT teams. He's chatted with President Bill Clinton about the childhood obesity epidemic and dedicated himself to mapping out classes, exercises, and lifestyle plans. And Jim was so inspired by the races he's run while pushing his son Michael, who has cerebral palsy, that he organized Michael's Special 5K Run/Walk, where runners pushed riders in wheelchairs.
Today, Jim shares that lifelong love of fitness through Broward County Adventure Boot Camp. He and Rhonda Core—an American Council on Exercise–certified trainer—give their clients the extra push they need to get in shape. The boot-camp routines constantly change to keep participants engaged and muscles from rebelling. On any given day, students might be practicing Pilates, doing yoga, overcoming obstacle courses, or going on a hike. Before new attendees start camp, the trainers invite them in for an evaluation to answer any questions, take a few measurements, and record their body-fat percentage so their results can be more easily tracked over time.
Craig Marks knows the importance of hard work. He worked his way up through the wrestling ranks until his training for the Olympic pre-trials, during which he injured his neck. Never one to become discouraged, he threw himself into becoming a personal trainer with the same gusto that he'd shown during his Olympic training. Today, he helps guests reach their fitness goals with 30-minute bursts of metabolic circuit training and personal training sessions.
Cristiane Barbosa Timoteo, the founder of High Energy Physiotraining’s Physiotraining Fitness and Martial Arts World Center, helps athletes of all ages and fitness levels rehabilitate their muscles while motivating them to whip into shape through physiotraining. Blending a specific combination of physical-therapy techniques with muscle training, Cristiane works to ease patrons' chronic lingering pain while simultaneously toning and strengthening their muscles. A certified personal trainer guides each patron through resistance training with free weights and machines, inciting muscles to develop rapidly to repair damage and increase performance. Building strength in numbers, Cristiane’s partner Giulio Timoteo leads group Brazilian-jiujitsu classes that educate students in the dynamic combat technique, while toning their bodies and fostering a community of disciplined fighters.
Be inspired. Be Motivated. Be balanced. That's the motto at Studio Be, a health club dedicated to helping each and every client be the best they can...well, be. To accomplish this task, class sizes are kep small so that the seasoned staff can provide one-on-one attention to each and every yoga, Pilates, boot camp, or spinning participant. Meanwhile, personal trainers don't just lead guests through the motions of a repetitive workout: instead, they educate clients on the proper ways to exercise and eat right and closely monitor their progress towards fitness their goal, whether that's running a marathon or just dropping a few pounds.
When pro fighters hang up their gloves, they come to work at RingFit. The instructors—all former professional fighters—lead students through RingFit’s signature workout, which simulates the experience of getting in shape to train for a fight. Focusing on strength, power, speed, stamina, flexibility, and coordination, the workouts mix weightlifting, pushing, pulling, jumping, and slamming with kicking and punching on a heavy bag. Each workout lasts for a specified number of rounds, just like a real fight against an opponent.
While the trainers at The Chamber regularly work with professional athletes, their philosophy doesn't change when it comes to their nonathlete clients. They rely on peer-reviewed scientific research to devise powerful training plans to improve their clients' performance, transform their bodies, and grant a better quality of life. Nutritionists and physical therapists on staff support the trainers' goals by nourishing clients' bodies and keeping muscles and joints in working order.