Randy Brown was overweight and felt uncomfortable with his body. When a friend encouraged him to try boot camp, he reluctantly joined. Through hard work and with support from his instructor, he transformed his body and felt better than ever before. Today, Randy is a certified personal trainer and wants to help others do what his instructor helped him to do years ago: get in shape, gain confidence, and whistle Beethoven's Symphony no. 9. Through the years, he has grown Brown's Boot Camp from one class of 25 students to 14 different camps, and some of his students have gone on to become personal trainers themselves, which speaks to the success of his workout regimen and the camp's communal atmosphere. Randy's program focuses on improving total fitness, which not only includes strength, cardio, and flexibility but also nutritional counseling.
Since earning his fitness-trainer certification in 2002, Drew Lockhart has been helping his clients lead healthier lives through one-on-one training, nutrition counseling, and group sessions. His Group Fitness @ the Park program gets participants doing functional body-weight exercises—such as push-ups and pop squats—in local parks. By combining cardio, strength training, and core-work, Drew challenges every muscle group to fortify whole bodies, rather than just building up left forearms. By designing nutritious food plans, Drew helps his clients boost the results of their exercise routines. He's so committed to encouraging healthy eating that in 2011 he decided to do an experiment on himself to show the dramatic effects of diet on fat loss. He kept working out but ate all the food, junk food, and junk mail that he wanted. Then, for eight weeks, he kept up the exact same exercise regimen but started controlling his portions and eating healthier. He dropped 16 pounds in eight weeks—and totally replaced the potbelly he'd grown with the six-pack beneath.
Owners Tom and Dawn Wilson hope that members of Zona Fitness can move as casually and comfortably to the gym's free-weight rack as they do to their own front door. In an effort to combat the overwhelming crowds and uncomfortable scrutiny of "box" gyms, they created a smaller, more welcoming workout space, equipped with an aerobics studio and modern exercise machinery. Here, they view intimidation as the enemy and customization as the ideal.
Their personal-training programs build routines for clients of all skill levels and aspirations. In addition to adult appointments, the nationally certified trainers host sessions for children and teens that accommodate growing bodies, instead of simply telling them "you'll lift more when you're older." Instructors also demonstrate barbell lifts, martial arts strikes, and cardio dance moves during Les Mills group classes, which share the schedule with yoga and boot-camp lessons. The staff even caters to family members at each end of the age spectrum: childcare services supervise youngsters, and Silver Sneakers courses showcase senior-friendly maneuvers.
SWAT Fitness began their approach to "Strength Wellness Athletic Training" back in 1997 with a new workout known as boot camp. In recent years, the boot camp approach to fitness has quickly gained traction—and owner Jana Beutler will tell you that they were the ahead of the curve by offering kettle bells and Crossfit classes as well. These days, more than 15 years later, SWAT Fitness still takes the same approach; its personal trainers work closely with clients to work out, eat right, and develop good habits for improving overall health.
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Like a map, Parsons Training has many different roads, and each is laid out to land its travelers in a healthier place than where they started out. One of the facility's roads pushes athletes to perform better; another gets clients back on their feet with rehabilitative training following an injury. Parsons also designs some of its offerings with a more general appeal in mind. Its collection of group fitness classes, for instance, features options geared toward women and exercisers aged 55 or older. There's also the Warrior Fit class, an intense workout that incorporates plyometrics, kettlebells, and other techniques.
Rob Cantalicio has dedicated more than a decade to helping individuals work toward their health and fitness goals. At Zona Athletics, he continues this mission by leading workouts that use a variety of high-intensity exercises and functional movements to provide strength and cardio training. Throughout the course of a workout, attendees may heft medicine balls, bench-press weights, swing kettlebells, climb ropes, and perform lunges across a swath of astroturf. This variety helps keep students engaged by breaking up the monotonous routine of going to the gym, jogging on a treadmill, and dead lifting the treadmill and strapping it to your back to take home.