When Forrest Folen says he believes in a mind-and-body approach to fitness, he isn’t referring to pseudo-spiritual workouts. Rather, he is drawing from the simple advice given to him by his grandmother: “Take care of your body, and your body will take care of your mind. Take care of your mind, and your mind will take care of your life.” His partner Roy Schuhmacher, on the other hand, comes at fitness from a strictly physical angle. Fueled by a personal goal to become a bodybuilder when he was younger, he turned to scientific methods and empirical data to craft his regimens. This research eventually led him to the slow and steady approach to bulking up that he uses today. In 2008, both Folen and Schuhmacher joined forces, bringing their unique mix of perspectives and exercise approaches to the public at Fit for Life Solutions.
Through their studio, the two trainers slim bodies with large group boot-camp sessions, tame waistlines with Next Level personal training, and accelerate heart rates during intensive small group exercises that incorporate kettlebells and industrial-grade defibrillators.
Certified personal trainer and former firefighter Lynnette Yasukawa believes fitness has the power to transform lives. She is passionate about helping her clients get into shape, lose weight, and rehabilitate themselves after injuries, feeling that everyone should have access to fitness education. She offers in-home and in-studio personal training, as well as intense outdoor boot-camp sessions where her clients can train in a challenging team atmosphere while enjoying San Francisco’s great weather.
Crunch finds the fun in fitness with its no-judgment, open-minded approach to exercise. With a one-month membership, clients get unlimited access to the gym and its state-of-the-art facilities. Tap into the timeless power of ancient lever, pulley, and treadmill technologies to tone muscles and trim mass, or exert dominance over weak-willed weights with prop-assisted lifts and lunges. The one-month membership also grants users admittance to Crunch's collection of wildly imaginative classes, split up into three categories—Action Sports, Chill Outs, and Dance Rhythms with live DJs. Check out the Chevy Chase and Metro Center class schedules to plan around personal training sessions, which pair trainees with passionate trainers for customized workouts. Sessions begin with a physical assessment and body composition analysis, progressing onward to cardiovascular and endurance exercises, nutritional advice, and barbell juggling.
Workout on the Hill's owner Elaine Williams called upon mental and physical determination to overcome a back injury she sustained during her college basketball career. Today, her team of nationally certified trainers encourage men and women of all ages to muster similar conviction during friendly but rigorous group workouts and personal training sessions set against sweeping views of Bernal Heights. Each morning come rain, shine, or dust storm from the 1930s, coaches utilize the landscape of Holly Park to create extra challenges for their ever-shifting routines of core conditioning, endurance cardio, yoga poses, weight training, and agility drills. Phone consultations, online health tips, and plentiful one-on-one attention form a lattice of support for anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle.
Personal trainer Jameela Toups starts off each morning by repeating a phrase that means a lot to her: carpe diem. Though it's a small action, it has a big impact on her outlook for the rest of the day. That simple trick is one of many she uses to motivate her students during private and group fitness classes, which include Pilates and core strengthening. The trained dancer of more than 10 years holds a bachelor's degree in health and wellness and uses her knowledge to build impactful relationships with her students. With that game plan, she's able to customize her physical-training plans and holistic health sessions to fit her pupils' needs and goals.
Founded by competitive bodybuilder Jim Wilson in 1992, Physique Magnifique quickly outgrew its humble beginnings as a personal-training outfit stationed in a one-car garage. The gym’s talented trainers and instructors now spur bodies into action inside a fully equipped 6,000-square-foot space during one-on-one training sessions and group classes. Suited for all ages and ability levels, Physique Magnifique’s classes range from children’s judo to Olympic-style weightlifting coached by Jim Schmitz, thrice the coach for the U.S. Olympic team and one-time personal trainer to the Brawny Man.