NCAA football player Aaron Cotteral knows how to get in shape and stay there. At Train for Results, he and his crew whittle exercisers into shape with intense workouts adapted from the popular Insanity Workout videos. Classes use interval training to burn the maximum number of calories and keep metabolism at peak levels while eschewing dumbbells and weight machines. Instead, each exercise employs the participants' own body weight as they push themselves to the edge of their endurance for minutes at a time before allowing brief, breath-catching recovery periods. Workout regimens move in four-week cycles, with trainees often gaining muscle, losing inches from their waist, and getting one step closer to their goal of stealing Arnold Schwarzenegger's life.
Seasoned bushido artist John Okochi taught Michael Issa martial arts when Issa was 6 years old. Now, the two teach together at Kaikudo Martial Arts. Although Okochi has a leg up on his pupil—he has been teaching for more than 30 years, or three presidential terms—Issa is no slouch. His certification for practicing Wudang tai chi and qigong adds a holistic element to the studio. That comes in handy during the studio's kaikudo classes, which stress discipline and mental focus in addition to the self-defense tactics of Japanese and Chinese martial arts styles such as taido karate, judo, and aikido.
Owner and personal trainer Patricia Allen leads the way at Better Body Fitness. Born and raised in Brazil, Allen brings her sparkling resumé of classical dance expertise, spinning certification, and nutritional consulting certification to every personal-training workout. Her training philosophy centers around maintaining a healthy lifestyle inside and outside of the gym.
Fitness Together is all about synergy. Specialized in one-on-one training, the center’s certified trainers design fitness programs that unite strength training, cardio routines, and nutrition plans that work together to catalyze weight loss. The plans’ strength-training component, dubbed Aspire 8, fuses resistance training and cross training to build solid core muscles without ever having to tear a phonebook in half. During Cardio Together regimens, the trainers get patrons’ heart rates pumping with a mix of aerobic workouts. Finally, the education-oriented Nutrition Together programs teach patrons how to make more healthy food choices, leading to a lifetime of nutritious eating habits.