Since he's a National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer and owner of Pure Fitness Solutions, it may come as a bit of a surprise that Abel Gomez is a self-confessed pizza lover. But this fact, along with his sense of humor about his own weaknesses, is what makes the fitness pro and former member of the US Air Force so relatable to his clientele. "I always make a deal with myself," he says on his website, "I have to work out that day before I can have my favorite food."
Fortunately for Abel, and every member of Pure Fitness Solutions, his brand-new facility is open 24/7. Amid a rock-climbing wall, a childcare center, locker rooms, showers, and workout spaces full of boot-camp classes and Zumba are enough free weights and cardio equipment to carve out a diamond-hard body. And roaming amid all these are fellow N.A.S.M–certified personal trainers keeping their clients on track and accountable. In fact, every new member who signs up receives a complimentary fitness assessment by one of these personal trainers, providing immediate feedback about the client's physical condition and recommendations about how to get in shape and live a healthy, fit lifestyle.
For Adam Farrell, college wasn’t a time of personal enrichment, but of unhealthy living. Once the young undergraduate student became dissatisfied with the party lifestyle he was leading in college, he began exercising regularly. He found that, unlike the quickly dissipating pleasures of pizza dinners and games of donut-glaze pong, exercise helped him cultivate the overall happiness and confidence he sought. He soon realized that he had both a passion and knack for personal training.
Ten years later, Farrell is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a well-established personal trainer, and the owner of his own fitness facility. Aided by a staff of fellow fitness aficionados, he conducts boot-camp programs and athletic-performance-enhancement camps, leading high-intensity, circuit-style workouts that aim to slim physiques, tone muscles, and boost metabolisms. The trainers scale these workouts to accommodate clients of all athletic abilities and accommodate restrictive issues, including injuries and deep-seated fears of working out in mismatched gym socks.
Snap Fitness's licensed trainers and instructors motivate exercisers through a range of engaging and supportive group workouts. Put your body through the ringer in an intensive Boot Camp 101 class (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9 a.m.) and use the collective motivation of your calorie-shedding cohorts to hone your core into a lean body fulcrum and your limbs into rippling levers.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.
Kaisen, the trainer behind Corpus Christi Parkour, has an unusual relationship with gravity. While most other humans accept that they'll remain bound to the earth by its invisible pull, Kaisen challenges its forces through rapid, airborne moves known only to parkour experts and students of the gloves-made-of-chewed-gum school of acrobatics. He shares those skills during lessons held in settings such as Heritage Park, teaching students how to scale virtually any obstacle while simultaneously improving their flexibility and strength. Kaisen also leads children's fitness classes, boot-camp workouts, and personal-training sessions.
Shape Up Fitness nutritionist and fitness expert April Rojas tightens tummies and trims torsos with exercise programs tailored to shed pounds and fitness inhibitions. Tone trouble spots at unlimited classes led by certified aerobic instructors, and engage in kinetically charged moves that condition the upper and lower body, core, and hard-to-slim foreheads. Warm up with calisthenics and plyometrics before plugging into circuit-training sessions that get hearts pumping and substructures sweating with permissible pain. Each day is slightly different than the next, and Shape Up Fitness's instructors ensure a boredom-proof workout regimen while hosting a free nutrition seminar once a month for those wondering if gravy is a fruit or a vegetable. New boot-camp sessions begin February 1, March 1, March 30, and April 28.