Having amassed almost 30 years' worth of fitness expertise, Linda Mitchell doesn't believe in age as a limiting factor. The AFAA-certified personal trainer, Ms. Fitness USA competitor, and regular contributor to Ms. Fitness magazine teaches clients how to woman-handle their exercise goals regardless of their backgrounds. She founded ChickFit as a studio where women could work out among friends and nonintimidating teachers. There, her signature sessions?which range from boot-camp classes to cardio-kickboxing rounds?tone physiques, tap into wellsprings of confidence, and ready bodies for beach season. She weaves a common thread of compassion and skill through heated yoga sessions, jogging seminars, and dance-fueled aerobics classes, encouraging guests to "embrace their age" as they bypass fitness milestones, such as pole-vaulting through a ring aflame with birthday candles.
At the crack of dawn, Ryan Vaught barks orders across a misty high-school track field. During his four years in the United States Marine Corps, Vaught led daily physical training for his fellow soldiers—experience he now lends to his fellow civilians at Tri State Adventure Boot Camp. A certified personal trainer and member of a local jujitsu academy, Vaught blends different fitness styles into challenging combinations, which helps his charges become well-rounded enough to use each other as medicine balls.
Boot-camp sessions cycle through fitness instruction, motivational training, and nutrition counseling, and participants take on everything from weight training and jump ropes to obstacle-course runs—workouts designed to tone the core, abdomen, butt, and legs. Though sessions gradually increase in intensity, each is designed to accommodate all fitness levels.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
If Jorge Gurgel looks familiar, it may because you saw him on The Ultimate Fighter 2. The owner of JG MMA Academy and Fitness has been building up his expertise in martial arts ever since he began training in college, which has led to a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jujitsu and a stint on said reality-show competition. Now, Gurgel harnesses that prowess and shares it during classes alongside his fellow instructors.
During Brazilian jujitsu classes, instructors with black belts in the discipline instill self-defense moves such as joint locks and chokeholds, catering them to a younger audience in kids' jujitsu classes. Muay thai kickboxing zeros in on striking techniques from the elbows and knees, and boxing burns fat and boosts endurance and agility thanks to rapid jabs, punches, and right hooks.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
With boot-camp locations throughout the Midwest, Look Good Naked's comprehensive program combines results-oriented training with nutrition and lifestyle education. Its name is actually an acronym that spells out the business's strategy for improving health. At the heart of this elucidation of principles is the notion that a workout program ought not only be about workouts. Of equal importance is food, which is why the most difficult workouts can be in the kitchen. The program promotes wholesome lifestyle habits with a coach-assisted nutrition program and kitchen cleanouts, and encourages clients to log their daily meals. Students receive constant motivation outside the sessions via frequent informative emails, regular progress assessments, and online educational podcasts and webinars.
Uniting a fidelity to natural, unprocessed food with dedication to a vigorous exercise program helps Look Good Naked clients go a long way to achieving this business's appellation for themselves. The latter half of that strategy begins by joining a boot-camp session, where a trainer always puts positivity and support at the forefront of their teaching methodology. Trainers lead high-intensity workout sessions throughout the week, tailoring movements to accommodate each participant, as well as working with clients who have restrictions such as injuries or lazy Siamese twins.