Applied Fitness's personal trainers never quite know what they're going to do next. That's because they use a process called Metabolic Typing to design customized workouts and diet plans. This system accounts for a person's metabolic rate and lifestyle, which helps trainers select exercises that will maximize each workout's results. In addition to these evaluations, the personal trainers follow guidelines set forth by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Furthering this personal approach, Applied Fitness's trainers will work with clients wherever they feel most comfortable. They can train at homes, offices, or the company's own studio, which is designed to be as distraction-free as the office Neil Armstrong built on the moon.
Certified fitness trainer and author Dr. Derek Alessi helps his clients achieve lean, firm physiques with a pragmatic approach to training, nutrition, and lifestyle. Alessi's 2.5-hour seminar, conducted with the assistance of local gourmet guru Chef Steven Binks, teaches attendees how to prep healthy meals, shop effectively, and get a Buick LeSabre out of a ravine. Alessi provides practical help for both beginners hoping to successfully launch new fitness regimens and longtime weight watchers looking for improved results. With an emphasis on sustainable lifestyle changes instead of crash diets or misguided workout fads such as couch surfing, the seminar provides a foundation for long-lasting weight loss and overall vitality.
Drs. Jennifer and Dennis Lesniak(http://lesniakchiropractic.com/ about/) utilize their experience as athletes and their education in exercise science to immerse customers in a conditioning regimen deigned to work out the entire body. One-hour sessions begin with a dynamic warm-up that prepares muscles for intense intervals of core work, cardio circuits, functional full-body movements, and sudorific walks to water fountains. A proper cool down ends each workout while the instructor addresses comments, concerns, or suggestions from the newly fatigued class. Boot-camp sessions convene 12 times throughout the week with Drs. Jennifer or Dennis leading most of the classes while suggesting ways to tailor exercises to individual fitness levels and preparing students to crab walk their way through ultramarathons.
Sandy Mannella of Bodyshaping by Sandy oversees a posse of fitness instructors and muscle architects who teach classes that can incorporate weights, floor work, cardio, and dance. Pilates Fusion tones cores without building up bulk, while a Zumba class incorporates Latin dance moves into its hour of instruction, much like an overzealous high-school Spanish teacher. Bodyshaping 20-20-20, which requires its charges bring a 1–3 lb. weight and a floor mat, offers equal amounts of cardio, resistance training, and floor work, and it’s a fun, safe workout alternative to racing up the sides of office buildings and grain silos. The one-hour classes meet at multiple times a week at various nearby locations.
The trainers at TREO Sports & Fitness work with seasoned athletes as well as clients of all fitness levels to help them achieve their fitness goals, from improving their game to staying in shape. Athletes looking to improve their performance in specific sports get a customizable fitness plan that takes into account fitness level as determined through regular testing and assessment, as well as physiological strengths and weaknesses. In addition to forming training around athletes’ goals, the trainers also consider their schedules, accommodating competitions and mental and physical fatigue from events. Sports performance training is available for athletes aged 10 and older, as are movement-efficiency assessments to make sure they aren’t overexerting themselves while running through late-for-class anxiety dreams.
In addition to sport-specific programs, the trainers also lead classes for general fitness, such as boot camps and fitness training, using the facility’s sweeping outdoor fields and weight room.
It’s easy to see the imprint of Body & Soul Fitness founder Jade Reyes on his studio’s class curriculum. His specialty in dance aerobics is displayed in exotic-dance and Latin-dance-inspired Zumba classes. And his training in kickboxing informs not only classes in the same discipline, but also body-combat classes, which feature high- and low-impact moves to challenge exercisers of all fitness levels. He also specializes in spinning and knows much about massage therapy and relaxation, which explains why yoga is on the schedule and drinking Mountain Dew and screaming Van Halen lyrics is not.