For the past three years, Destin beachgoers may have caught sight of brawny personal trainer Jason Kuhn leading groups through energetic boot-camp workouts amid the crash of waves and the caw of seagulls. Kuhn can also be spotted in local homes and offices, where he brings his collection of professional free weights, kettlebells, and resistance equipment to aid in personal-training sessions. He boasts extensive experience, ISSA certifications, an unbridled enthusiasm for fitness, and his own private hair-metal band to perform motivating montage music as he works out.
In 2005, The Funplex of Gulf Breeze opened its doors to kids looking for competitive and recreational coaching in cheerleading and gymnastics. Over time, the demand grew so much that the facility expanded to its current 30,000-squre-foot venue, which serves the community with an even bigger variety of activities. Guests of honor have several options for birthday parties, including bounce-house sessions, princess-themed blowouts, private time on the gymnastics equipment, or instruction from a stuntman coach. Even adults can get in on the facility’s fun by taking Zumba dance fitness classes.
As a wife and mom, certified trainer Victoria McCullough helps women of all fitness levels kick-start sputtering metabolisms through 30- and 45-minute workouts. In spite of her military background, she motivates her students with encouragement rather than intimidation. Victoria augments the fat-burning effects of boot camps with nutritional advice and by teaching workout-at-home routines.
After spending more than 20 years training civilians and designing workouts for the military, Ira Wenze opened his own 4,000-square-foot fitness center to bring the rapid benefits of boot camp to locals. Registered as an elite trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association, as well as a fitness therapist and performance-nutrition specialist, Wenze designs intense group workouts that offer far more support than exercising next to balloon animals. Fellow certified trainers include D-Bo, a specialist in boxing and mixed martial arts, and Brian Hannah, a former fitness instructor for the Navy. Alongside ever-changing workouts that incorporate weights, medicine balls, kettlebells, and TRX suspension equipment, supportive instructors deliver sound nutritional advice that emphasizes health and energy over dieting. Coaches demonstrate their zeal for progress by taking regular fitness assessments that check in on individual progress, draft new goals, and quiz participants on the metallic properties of free weights.
The certified personal trainers at Elite Fitness and Health know that no exercise, no matter how effective, will actually work if folks just aren't motivated. That's why the crew develops their programs around people rather than rigid fitness dogma. Bosu balls, yoga mats, or even empty sidewalks get wrangled into routines, keeping classes engaging. Though the trainers are keyed up to work with clients one-on-one, there's really no substitute for old fashioned peer encouragement. To that end, the gym hosts Moms Night Out Zumba events and small-group personal training sessions. And if after a rigorous workout clients want to kick back, Elite Fitness and Health has just thing thing: the studio keeps a licensed massage therapist on hand to reward fatigued muscles.
AfterBurner workouts combine resistance training and a motivating group workout with a personalized regimen to suit students of all levels. The coaches mix up the routine daily to avoid plateaus and boredom and customize guests’ workouts to help them transform as much fat into muscle as possible.