As a citizen of “Track Town USA,” Jeff West has vast experience with all varieties of endurance athletics. An accomplished rower and rowing coach, Jeff balances triathlon training and ultra-distance running with volunteer work as a firefighter and paramedic. At The MultiSport Advantage, Jeff leads a team of coaches as they work with and challenge athletes. Up to eight cyclists hook into the CompuTrainer system, riding against each other in classes that help max out aerobic capacity and refine the economy of one’s biking motion. The center’s custom-made TRX apparatus can also accommodate eight athletes, helping them build dynamic strength by blending body-weight exercises with plyometrics and BOSU balls. The center’s metabolic testing identifies the baseline and limits of an athlete’s capacity, and helps trainers craft a plan for the triathlon students. Triathletes can also rent wetsuits that will keep them dry during the traditional Gatorade and kombucha bath they receive after crossing the finish line.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The trainers at International Fitness have one goal: to help their clients achieve healthy lifestyles with internationally influenced exercise routines. The roster of classes includes Indian yoga, Brazilian-influenced Zumba dance classes, and Western weightlifting. In addition to leading group fitness classes, the instructors can map out training and nutrition plans to help clients meet their fitness goals. The sessions can include climbing the gym's rock wall to build lean muscle mass or demolishing the gym's rock wall to prepare for a career as a bulldozer.
Angi McCutcheon knows how much work and motivation it takes to get into shape. The certified nutritionist and personal trainer specializes in full-body workouts, weight-loss programs, strength and conditioning exercises, and nutritional consultations. She also runs boot-camp classes and a class designed specifically for moms and their kids.
Students Should Bring: Bottle of water, comfortable shoes
Class Length: 30 minutes to 2 hours for larger groups
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: No
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
I offer a new perspective to fitness and group fitness. My classes are designed to get you out of your comfort zone. I will keep it fast paced and change up the routines so that your body does not get used to it and so that you don't get bored.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Yes, fast-paced [music] with dance beats keeps the calories burning.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
[I] started in gymnastics when I was 5 years old. Mary Lou Retton was my idol. I have always loved fitness.
Students should bring: Water bottle
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Everyone smiles here.
When Jay Martin started the Lifeforce Fitness Project in 2006, he imagined it as a yoga studio. But it turned out to be so much more. Jay began to blend cross-training into his yoga classes, adding strength training and cardiovascular exercises into routines that utilized Vinyasa sequences, balance work, and inverted poses. The result was a whole new kind of workout that Jay came to call "Lifeforce Fit". Today, he still teaches traditional hatha yoga classes, but his Lifeforce Fit classes remain the most popular since it blends the physical and mental benefits of several disciplines into one workout, like a relay race with a spelling component.