Certified personal fitness trainer Ken Williams’ boot camps were voted Hampton Roads' best in 2011 by the Virginian-Pilot, and he was honored in NV Magazine’s 2011 Movers & Shakers list, a designation for outstanding business people who prove “anything is possible.” Today, he captains a crew of certified trainers in his boot-camp programs while also offering private training and diet coaching. Believing his boot camps can benefit anyone, he trains clients of every stripe, from those looking to shed fat to competitive bodybuilders to local celebrities such as WVEC News 13’s Benita Adams. Each of his workouts aims to challenge fitness seekers both physically and mentally, much like solving math problems with a 130-pound bronze pencil.
In addition to helping clients along the path to healthier selves, Ken commits himself to offering a hand in the local community. He provides motivational speeches at local schools to encourage healthy habits among youth, and conducts food and supply drives for local homeless shelters Haven House and ForKids, Inc.
Between the unpainted walls of Profound CrossFit’s bare-bones personal training gym, certified trainer Heather Walburn inspires a family-like vibe with her classes, a team spirit that keeps everyone involved as they cheer and motivate each other toward achieving their goals. Although she fosters a positive environment, she still pushes everyone to their limits with the CrossFit system—a method that features constantly changing exercises and functional, everyday motions such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. The daily workout includes a grab bag of exercises, including everything from jumping jacks and air squats one day to short sprints and jump rope the next.
Inside CrossFit Little Creek is a constant flurry of activity. Members swings kettlebells over their heads,climbs ropes that dangle from the ceiling, and jump onto wooden plyometric boxes. It just another CrossFit workout for these folks, led by certified trainers to ensure the correct form and guttural cries are used. CrossFit, steeped in functional fitness movements, also employs Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics exercises. In addition to the warehouse-style space, the gym has a 6,000 square foot outdoor area for private workouts under the sun. Members can skip over to Pretty Lake or Chesapeake Bay for beach- and water-laden exercises.
Compound Crossfit's certified trainers help clients achieve their personal fitness goals through CrossFit classes and personal-training and boot-camp sessions. CrossFit courses challenge participants with a new workout each day, and personal-training packages hold guests to objective benchmarks with a regimen of nutritional counseling, conditioning, and monthly progress tracking. The team also offers wedding fitness packages to help clients reach their weight-loss goals before they walk down the aisle or ceremoniously crowd surf at the reception.
Each one of Fentress CrossFit's certified trainers shares a passion for athletics that he or she has developed over decades of experience in the fields of weightlifting, running, and nutrition. They use this passion and energy to help pupils exceed personal fitness goals with supportive group classes and one-on-one training sessions. Though CrossFit workouts are short⎯often only 20 minutes⎯the high-intensity circuits demand mental and physical exertion from students, rewarding them with newfound strength, greater endurance, and muscles yet to be discovered by science. Trainers make sure bodies don't bore themselves with machines and treadmills, but rather remain engaged with ever-changing workouts of the day that employ functional movements, including lifting objects, jumping rope, rowing, and climbing.
Following the CrossFit ethos, CrossFit Chesapeake's instructors design high-intensity workouts that build strong, resilient bodies. Depending on their fitness levels, participants may begin the gym's muscle-manufacturing process with exercises that use only their body weight, such as squats, pushups, and tonguestands. As tone and technique improve, trainers tack on tonnage with sonorous dumbbells and hissing kettle bars, as well as with plyometric boxes and medicine balls. Cardio blasters such as rowing, running, and rope jumping also enliven workouts.