At Formwell, owners Rami and Heather Odeh and Andy Berman keep their mission focused on personal training by seeking out credentialed trainers—including elite trainers who have worked at Formwell for at least five years and who possess a combination of a master’s degree in exercise science and advanced training certification. Throughout the indoor and outdoor facilities, they lead clients through tailored workouts that may incorporate traditional fitness equipment, such as free weights and cardio machines. They may also draw upon alternative exercises, such as lifts on Olympic rings, kettlebell swings, and tug-o-war with a horse.
Beyond personal training, Formwell’s team leads partner training and small-group classes, such as CrossFit, plus a weight-loss program that extends to nutritional education. Tiled bathrooms with showers let guests transition between work and the gym, and a children’s room entertains young ones with a television, DVD player, and video games.
With a resume that includes ballet and rock-climbing experience, Amber Monson took naturally to the graceful art of aerial silks. She founded Sky Gym as a place to train herself and others in her most beloved pastime, and ultimately, her venture paid off.
When she's not training and performing with other aerialists all over the world—including some from Cirque du Soleil—she passes on her skills to new students, helping them discover new levels of strength and grace. Besides aerial silks, she keeps students elevated with classes such as trapeze, sky yoga, and lyra—a ceiling-mounted hoop in which students spin after being dunked by their favorite NBA player. “I can’t decide which is more fulfilling to me, performing aerial or teaching it," she says on her website. Nonetheless, she continues,"I am incredibly grateful to my students and my trainers for allowing to make aerial dance my life."
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
In the eight years that Jay Broxton has worked in the fitness industry, he's trained people from all walks of life—from young kids to professional athletes and celebrities, including Kansas City starter Tank Tyler and newscaster Pam Oliver. Backed by a personal-training certification and a lifetime of athletic experience, Jay captains his own fitness program—Body That Works—where he joins fellow fitness instructors to lead clients though comprehensive boot-camp or personal-training workouts that combine cardio with strength-training and TRX-training techniques. Committed to battling youth obesity, Jay also conducts a variety of youth athletic training programs designed to prepare students for upcoming athletic seasons or full-contact chess tournaments.
Losing weight and keeping it off requires more than just a change in diet—it requires a lifestyle change. That's where weight loss consultant and fitness coach Jessica Glenn and her staff come in. Together, they shepherd clients down the road to wellness with a range of fitness packages. The Lifestyle Changer Plan, for example, doles out a full-scale assault on excess pounds with meal plans designed for each client, 12 personal training sessions to instill effective workout routines, and regular weigh-ins. The personal trainers and dietitians man the phones around the clock, helping clients stave off late-night cravings, or answering questions about the healthiest possible way to host a food fight.
Elite Edge Training Center's team of four certified personal trainers and martial arts experts adopt a science-based approach to physical training, and work in advanced facilities that are necessary to support their methods. An onsite technician helps rehabilitate visitors with Muscle Activation Technique, a biomechanical evaluation and therapy designed to improve range of motion and miming ability. Visitors can take advantage of a turf field and smooth exercise floor with features such as stationary bikes, free weights, resistance bands, hurdles, and anvil-throwing stations.
On the turf field, instructors guide students through workout basics and interval training in all-level classes such as boot camp, strength and conditioning, and cross training. During fitness kickboxing classes, they gather groups in a padded arena filled with punching bags to practice martial arts techniques interspersed with aerobic workouts. In Brazilian jiujitsu classes, black-belt instructor James Soetebeer and trainer Jake Jo elucidate grappling techniques, ground submissions, and ground striking in the no-gi style.