For Melissa Darrisaw, getting into peak physical shape starts with transforming your attitude as well as your body. That’s why she supplements her high-octane workouts with constant motivation and nutritional support, assisting her students in breaking bad habits and leading healthier lifestyles.
Inside her studio, sunlight streams onto professional strength-training equipment as she and her fellow trainers lead small-group conditioning classes and personal-training sessions throughout the week. To help clients pursue healthy lifestyles outside of the gym, the trainers use the comprehensive online DietMaster program to assist them in designing nutritious meal plans and grocery lists. Their studio is home to an innovative body-wrap system, which uses infrared rays to help melt away excess pounds as the user watches television, reads a book, or gains the ability to read their dog’s mind.
After more than 25 years as a professional golfer, including a glittering career on the PGA Tour, Chris Tucker has developed a keen insight into the game's nuances. Too often, instructors imply that the secret to golf lies in the clinical perfection of swing mechanics, rather than the aspects of the sport that make it enjoyable. To counter this misconception, Tucker takes a balanced approach during lessons, blending a personal coaching style with advice on swings and short-game technique. Beyond private sessions on the range or the practice putting green, players focus on the fun of golf during practical playing lessons on an actual course. As players move through 9 rounds, Tucker focuses on coaching the more abstract skills of course management and competitive strategies, such as when to take a risks or play it safe and how to ignore opponents sounding duck calls from the bushes.
Led by Jonathan Cobb, a former state-champion wrestler, the trainers at South Charlotte Personal Training eschew gimmicks for functional, results-driven workouts. Putting safety first, they assess new clients' fitness levels before recommending personalized combinations of yoga, boot camp, and personal training. All sessions take place in a spacious studio with red walls and equipment such as kettlebells and treadmills.
NASM- and ACE-certified personal trainer Amber, owner of CORE, believes exercise has more than just cosmetic benefits—it's usually the leading cause of a renewed sense of accomplishment. To that effect, she helps her students reach their fitness goals in one of two places: boot camp classes at Walter E. Elisha Park or one-on-one personal training sessions at exercisers' homes or the homes of exercisers' out-of-town neighbors.
Owned by Dennis and Lauri Pistolis, Fantasia Farms Inc. is a full-service equestrian center with a staff that teaches students of all ages and backgrounds. The facility also encompasses boarding stalls, an arena, and miles of scenic trails, where Fantasia's horse experts give riding lessons, and the staff even breeds paso finos, helping them grow into adulthood within their baby barn.
The minimalist environs at CrossFit Pineville's gym keep the focus where it belongs: on training. Equipped with weights and ample space for workouts, the gym plays host to regular CrossFit sessions. Group programs include individually tailored workouts and nutritional suggestions to help members achieve their personal fitness goals.