Nikki Warren recognized a need in her community for a fitness program where women could let their hair down and workout without fear of being judged as unfeminine. She decided to fill that void herself by starting a tough, no-frills, and functional intense training program for women only. Rounding up some of the best practices and Schwarzenegger-esque one-liners from her career in fitness, Warren and her trainers helm rigorous, yet individualized regiments, keeping each member of the group in mind to ensure nobody gets left behind. They provide goal sheets to let each person know what exercises they should focus on during each one-hour class, as well as personalized meal plans designed to help generate results outside the gym.
Even after 25 years in the world of martial arts and fitness training, Ray Paulhus remains passionate about healthy living. At Trinity24 Fit Camp, he translates that passion into engaging, energetic boot camps designed to turbocharge heart rates and build lean, toned muscles. Ray designed each workout himself, drawing on his experiences as a 4th-degree black belt to imbue each with time-tested effectiveness. Scalable to any fitness level, all of Ray's workouts target different muscle groups, resulting in an all-over exercise session that leaves clients charged with endorphins.
After turning in his marine uniform and becoming a full-time student, Tom often found that he didn't have time to exercise and cook nutritious meals. It was only after enlisting the aid of a fitness trainer that he was able to transform his eating habits and exercise his way back to sculpted muscles and chiseled abs. Today, Tom draws from his own fitness experiences and guides others at a his own training center—Trainer Zone Fitness. Within his professional studio, Tom conducts both small-group and personal-training sessions for fitness seekers of all abilities. He designs workouts to be creative and challenging, combining traditional weight, body-weight resistance, interval, cardio, and flexibility exercises into dynamic routines.
Holly Humphreys Reyes didn’t set out to create a fitness empire in her hometown. The busy mom simply wanted to shed some weight after the birth of her daughter. But this impulse unearthed a passion for helping others do the same. Now a certified fitness trainer, fitness instructor, and raw-food chef, Reyes helms 951 Fitness as a way to motivate others to get in shape. During her boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions, she encourages participants to eat more nutritiously and suggests ways to incorporate fitness into their everyday lives, such as bench-pressing stacks of Excel spreadsheets. She is also the owner of Fit Sexy Mom, a business that inspires women of all shapes and fitness levels to challenge themselves to 20 minutes of exercise a day.
With more than 20 years of weight-loss experience, the fitness coaches at Total Fitness know better than to rely on fad diets and unrealistically fast results. Rather, the team breaks the cycle of yo-yo dieting by customizing fitness and nutrition plans to help clients gradually and effectively shed fat instead of just water. Aware that each body uses energy differently, coaches base their meal plans on the results of body-composition tests and tailor them to accommodate the client’s favorite foods, lifestyle, and any allergies.
At Way of Life Boot Camp, fitness is seen as a way to get both slimmer and mentally stronger. Drawing on his background in martial arts, founder Forrest Folen emphasizes focus, discipline, and attention to the mind-body connection in each workout. During classes, exercisers speed through circuit-style workouts to jump-start weight loss, and can later attend nutritional counseling sessions and receive dietician-approved meal plans. Boot-camp programs strive to build a sense of community among clients, who can meet monthly for 5K runs and earn colored wristbands—similar to martial-arts belts or Green Lantern power rings—that signify students' progress in their fitness journeys.
Fit For Life’s seasoned instructors replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor classes that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up class routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wild-card days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers work to cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.