Getting into shape typically requires a significant lifestyle change, something Gwinnett County Adventure Boot Camp's owner Montrell Wallace knows all about. He had been working as an electrical engineer for nearly four years when he decided to become a fitness instructor. His degree and years of schooling surely made the decision difficult, but he was committed to his passion, ultimately becoming an NSCA-certified personal trainer and an NESTA-certified adventure boot-camp trainer with specialties such as women's weight loss.
At Gwinnett County Adventure Boot Camp, he and his team of supportive coaches secure a fun and noncompetitive environment where students can make significant lifestyle changes of their own. Wallace and company's outdoor boot camps blend core exercises, sprints, jump roping, hiking, and obstacle courses into one constantly changing workout that is designed for all fitness levels. In addition to toning torsos and turning abs into tic-tac-toe boards, they also offer nutritional counseling.
The method that lends this studio its name is founded on three pillars: classic Pilates, optimal nutrition, and cardiovascular exercises. The instructors earned their certification through at least 600 hours of training each on Pilates’ various apparatus, from the reformer to the 12-pound spoon. Among them is Mike Roeser, who boasts more than seven years' experience as a personal trainer and a second career as a professional golf instructor. Mike specializes in combining fast-paced cardio with slow-motion, high-intensity muscle-burning exercises. Private and group exercise classes take the form of body-molding Pilates, heart-pumping workouts, and ballet barre sessions. The gym also functions as a health-food outlet, packed with superfoods, verve-pumping juices, and farm-fresh eggs available for preorder.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 55-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
At Golightly Fit, what many might consider the bleak expanse of a warehouse shines as a beacon of hope for struggling exercisers. Here, trainers urge clients toward their fitness goals––whether they be to lose weight, bounce back from pregnancy, or improve their sports performance––with compact boot-camp and personal-training sessions that jump-start metabolisms and process calories efficiently. They also provide complimentary 30-minute assessments to help clients pin down their fitness goals and outline a plan for achieving them.
With celebrity clients including Toni Braxton, producer Jazze Pha, and professional football and baseball players, Kenya Crooks knows a thing or two about what a celebrity needs from a fitness instructor. He helps both his celebrity and noncelebrity clients shed pounds and tighten and tone quickly with his calorie-torching fitness sessions. And for those clients who can't afford a personal chef to make them healthy meals or show them how to cut tomatoes using the paper shredder, he offers customized meal plans.
Damon Hartley, the founder of Body by Damon, uses certifications from the American Council on Exercise and the National Federation of Professional Trainers to design custom workout plans for his clients. Damon specializes in a variety of areas, ranging from weight-loss management and body sculpting to general fitness, corrective exercises, and nutrition. Along with custom workouts, Damon also holds regular boot camps for groups of athletes of all fitness levels.