TNT Bootcamp of Hampton Roads has built a supportive exercise setting for students of every age and body type, earning a Silver ranking for Best Gym/Fitness Facility in the Virginian-Pilot's Best of Hampton Roads 2011 list. Each 45-minute meet-up features modifiable techniques and a communal feel, as owner Debra Cotton strives to shed weight alongside the camp's other attendees. Music infuses kickboxing strikes and weight-lifts with energized pizzazz as step aerobics, resistance bands, and stability balls condition physiques.
Unlike in a similarly titled section of a high-school yearbook, patrons strive to have their names posted in the website’s Biggest Losers section, many shedding 5, 6, or 8 pounds per week. With nutrition guidance, weekly weigh-ins, and supplementary wellness resources, the boot-camp regimen embraces a holistic approach to physical health and proffers Zumba sessions for those interested in a rhythmic change of pace.
Designed to meet the five pillars of optimum fitness—cardio, resistance training, food intake, vitamins, and professional assistance—Total Fitness helps elite athletes and couch potatoes alike achieve their health and weight-loss goals. Personalized-training sessions are the mainstay of the program, with certified trainers designing fitness plans that cater to each individual’s goals and abilities. Athletes wanting to improve their performance in a specific sport—or even a specific position—can enroll in Sports Strength Camp or boot camps.
Onelife Fitness's six Hampton Roads locations boast a variety of amenities well equipped to blast exercisers and their listless, Game Boy–toting abdominals out of a fitness-free funk. Cardio machines, and free weights tone bodies, while affording each patron the opportunity to custom-build his or her ideal workout. For camaraderie-focused fitness, group exercise sessions teach standards such as kickboxing, yoga, and cycling alongside originals including body jam, which combines cardio and dance into a single workout that is safer than moonwalking down a bike path. Each facility also hosts a set of extras, including rock-climbing walls, racquetball courts, cardio cinemas, smoothie bars, and lap pools. Check each gym's location page to see a full list of amenities available.
Housed in a 3,000-square-foot gym, CrossFit Oyster Point facilitates fitness with an intensive, total-body exercise style, attentive trainers, and ample space for each exerciser to perform safely. CrossFit boot camp folds in the sport's core methodologies while staying true to the high-energy style of traditional boot camps. Like a dance-a-thon held in an active volcano, coaches run participants through ever-changing routines that torch calories with nonstop movement during the course of one hour. Pulling from body-weight-resistance exercises, cardio moves such as running and jumping, and barbell training, trainers test clients of all fitness levels. Members and visitors alike can benefit from the camp's inclusive atmosphere and goal of ameliorating overall health. CrossFit boot-camp classes are usually less than 40 minutes long, and are scheduled Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Brandy Hollaway—armed with an arsenal of certifications from ISSA, ACE, and IFA, among others—educates, motivates, and shapes up her clients through her R.E.A.L. (relationships, exercise, attitude, and lifestyle) method. She and her staff of fitness specialists, athletic coaches, and nutritionists whip corporate teams and individual fitness-seekers into shape with their body-bending fitness, yoga, and boot-camp programs. Hollaway's coaches even travel to homes to lead private yoga and fitness classes. To demystify healthy eating and decode what the all-seeing eye at the top of the food pyramid means, the staff carries out nutrition lessons, holistic life coaching, and tele-coaching to reach out to clients with scheduling or travel limitations.
Racks of gleaming free weights stand near benches, weight machines, and heavy bags waiting to be punched. Located on the second floor, the gym's large windows let in plenty of natural light to illuminate exercisers during intense core classes or focused yoga sessions.
Jewrell Marktoevis decided at age 14 to pursue a career in fitness. Ever since opening his fitness center, he's dedicated himself to helping others achieve wellness goals too. At Body Matrixx, the trainers know their clients by name, whether they are instructing them in boot-camp classes or personal-training sessions. Trainers customize the program to fit the needs and abilities of each client—whether they want to simply tone up or completely transform their bodies.