Be Best Wellness's staffers supply exercisers with an array of services for getting in shape. To name a few, they stage initial training sessions at International Fitness, where gym staffers lead group classes, such as Zumba and yoga, at their facility. Be Best Wellness then creates personalized nutrition plans, recipes, and weekly shopping lists.
Students Should Bring: Bottle of water, comfortable shoes
Average Class Length: 90+ minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: No
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
I offer a new perspective to fitness and group fitness. My classes are designed to get you out of your comfort zone. I will keep it fast paced and change up the routines so that your body does not get used to it and so that you don't get bored.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Yes, fast-paced [music] with dance beats keeps the calories burning.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
[I] started in gymnastics when I was 5 years old. Mary Lou Retton was my idol. I have always loved fitness.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I will be opening a studio soon where I will offer pole fitness and other fitness classes unique to the area.
At Genuine Fitness, ISSA-certified personal trainer Aaron Orton and his staff expedite getting in shape by only scheduling one-on-one workouts with their clients. Ideal for fitness competitors and fitness novices alike, the 30- and 60-minute sessions help tone bodies and burn calories. For proof of the latter, the studio's cardio section only features machines that burn high numbers of calories, such as treadmills, stepmills, and rowers—you won't find low-intensity elliptical machines or human-sized hamster wheels here.
Operating out of Sacred Medical Office, Deborah Skell helps her clients improve athletic performance and recuperate more efficiently from injuries. The fact that she no longer uses a cane, despite having undergone a trio of hip surgeries, stands as testament to her success with these modalities and her faith in their efficacy. By altering the body's mechanical habits, Deborah helps people walk without limps, jump higher, and move more comfortably.
It may be called Body Now!, but as members transform their bodies, the studio's staff also wants them to shift their perspectives. Accordingly, they focus on all-around wellness, combining elements of world dance with cardio exercises during Now Fitness! group classes and emphasizing proper posture during Yoga Now! sessions. Wise Woman! classes help older women master functional movement patterns that enable them to win arm-wrestling matches against neighborhood kids. In the fitness center, exercisers can work up a sweat on Cybex and Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bikes, or focus on strength with machines and free weights. Positive sayings unfurl in script across the deep purple walls, motivating members as they blast through 30-minute circuit training workouts.
Students should bring: Water bottle
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Everyone smiles here.
When Jay Martin started the Lifeforce Fitness Project in 2006, he imagined it as a yoga studio. But it turned out to be so much more. Jay began to blend cross-training into his yoga classes, adding strength training and cardiovascular exercises into routines that utilized Vinyasa sequences, balance work, and inverted poses. The result was a whole new kind of workout that Jay came to call "Lifeforce Fit". Today, he still teaches traditional hatha yoga classes, but his Lifeforce Fit classes remain the most popular since it blends the physical and mental benefits of several disciplines into one workout, like a relay race with a spelling component.