Joe Decker isn?t your ordinary fitness trainer. He might just be the planet?s fittest human, at least according to Guinness World Records. He earned the title of World?s Fittest Man in 2000 after mastering a 24-hour challenge comprising a 100-mile bike ride, a 10-mile run, 1,100 pushups, and other exhausting feats. Today, his boot camp program, Gut Check Fitness, helps exercisers tackle goals that are just as lofty with outdoor workouts that have won accolades from TrailRunner magazine and the attention of Coca-Cola's fitness programs.
Each ever-changing workout leads participants into the great outdoors, where they discover the true meaning of ?gut check,? a military term used to denote a test of courage, character, or determination. With the help of several talented trainers, Joe propels athletes through a gauntlet of fitness drills that torches dozens of calories and fortifies muscles throughout the body. The classes? main piece of equipment is the earth, which provides hills for climbing, gravity for resistance, and solid ground for sprints and bodyweight exercises. In addition to basking in the trainers? shouts of encouragement, the group cheers one another toward each milestone, fostering friendships while creating an ongoing incentive to achieve.
For Rachel Robertson, five is a magic number. It's the number of movements that the spine is capable of—flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation, and neutral—and it's the maximum number of students she'll allow in one of her classes (which are 55 minutes long). Because the classes are kept small, her guidance is precise and personalized. She makes small modifications to each student's form as they segue from one exercise to the next, helping them not only to perfect their technique, but to become increasingly aware of the way their body functions.
Rachel's lessons incorporate mats as well as Stott Pilates equipment, from Reformers to stability chairs. Though all of her routines help to build core strength, balance, and flexibility, she tailors them to address the needs of each client, whether they're an athlete hoping to hone performance or someone looking to lose weight. Rehabilitative and specialty classes even focus on conditions such as scoliosis or pelvic-floor problems. Alongside her fellow instructor and former student Shyra, Rachel coaches clients of all ages and fitness levels to higher levels of wellness.
Founder and CEO Allison Beardsley's passion for Pilates sparked after struggling to find exercise that would not aggravate her basketball-related ailments. The discovery that the efficient resistance moves helped her to develop a strong core without subjecting her joints to pain inspired her to spread the word of Pilates's benefits to others, which she does from 10 clean and sunny Club Pilates–studio locations. A team of certified instructors teaches the group classes, which are designed to strengthen, tighten, and tone the entire body. The staff leads students through controlled movements and breathing techniques performed on specialized Pilates machines, such as the Reformer, a Pilates ballet barre, and retired kitchen chairs. To ensure each patron can craft a well-rounded workout regimen that suits his or her needs, the studios offer stretching and sculpting classes that touch upon a variety of fitness modalities.
Cardiffit Gym & Yoga Studio's 8,000-square-foot space showcases ocean views that make the most of the center's Cardiff-by-the-Sea location. Exercisers admire these vistas as they execute circuit workouts using the facility's ellipticals, free weights, and weightlifting machines. But unlike the costar of a CGI walrus, they need not always act alone. The studio holds yoga classes ranging in style from Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow to Hatha, and on the first Friday of every month, yoga happy hour follows sun salutations with a reception with wine and snacks. There are also personal trainers on hand to organize beachfront exercises, strength training for athletes, and boot camps.
As many as 25 teachers shelter under the umbrella of Soleil Yoga, each with his or her own history, story, and style of instruction. Their collective knowledge spans the spectrum of yogic disciplines, from the highly traditional Ashtanga yoga to the ever-changing Vinyasa style. They carefully calibrate the thermostat in their seaside studio to produce temperatures that complement each workout. These range from room-temperature sessions to 99-degree bouts of hot yoga—or, as the FBI calls it, stolen yoga.
Frog's Fitness eases members into healthier living with access to first-rate exercise equipment and a bevy of sweat-inducing group fitness classes. Torch calories after a long day of gravy rafting with a cardiovascular rowing course, or turn your torso into a supernatural paragon of definition with a core-conditioning class. Frog’s Fitness's site-specific training and services include aquatic fitness programs and [tennis] (http://gr.pn/kvCqDF) (extra fees may apply for advanced classes and lessons). Kranking classes challenge patrons to power bicycle-like machines with their hands and operate weighted chopsticks with their feet in a multipronged workout as intense as a checkers game against the Hulk. Membership also includes an initial health and fitness assessment, and every location except the Hotel Circle South location offers supervised child-care with advance reservations.