During his childhood in West Africa, Amen Iseghohi learned life lessons from two main sources: his grandmother and the tires in his backyard. His grandmother taught him that the spiritual and physical are intertwined, and his workouts with tires supported her theory. By persevering when their weight exhausted him, he learned the importance of soldiering on even when a task seemed impossible, a lesson that has stayed with him through his workouts and beyond.
Nowadays, at his Phoenix fitness studio, Amen imparts these same lessons to Americans with minimalist workouts that are accessorized only by his childhood nemesis: tires. These particular tires, which are meticulously cleaned, build strength, speed, flexibility, and balance, as well as teach the most important skill of all?the ability to defend yourself against on out-of-control tire swing. Amenzone also offers the opportunity for fitness fans to join the Training Tour for LIfe, hitting cities across Southwest including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tucson, and Chandler. The Training for LIfe tour hosts fitness events featuring DJ-spun music, back-to-the-basics workouts, and opportunities to give to the Amenzone Foundation, supporting the fight against childhood obesity.
While most kids his age were building dexterity in the thumbs they used to play arcade machines, future Impact founder Steve Fischkin was building his muscles. At the age of 16, he was a national title-holding body builder. But shortly thereafter, an injury led to a loss of motivation, and Steve gained more than 100 pounds. On the long road back to health and fitness, he had an epiphany: The real goal should be staying fit for life, not relying on fad workouts and diets to lose weight quickly.
The program he developed balances sweat and dedication with lighthearted activities. Steve believes that if people don’t find a way to enjoy working out, they’re going to stop doing it. A typical boot-camp-style workout at his studio balances intense kettlebell swings and core work with agility training that involves foam projectiles from a Nerf gun. In addition to group training, Impact members enjoy private coaching sessions, goal-setting strategies, personalized nutritional guidance, and a personalized message sent back in time from a future president.
Although injuries sidelined him after earning a gold medal at the Junior Olympics, trainer Steve Fischkin renewed his passion for fitness by crafting a conditioning program that has helped him and his clients rediscover their healthiest selves. Today he leads a team of Impact Boot Camp trainers who tone and tighten students into shape. During boot-camp classes, exercisers spend an hour nickel-and-diming brows for every last sweat bead with a high-energy regimen that includes resistance training, obstacle courses, and wind sprints. Much like a game of boardroom musical chairs, Steve promotes a fun yet work-oriented exercise environment.
Impact also personalizes a diet plan for each patron. At an initial fitness consultation, the trainer and client set future goals, identify foods the client should be eating, work together to create a meal plan, and check sneaker pockets to make they aren’t hiding any unhealthy snacks.
In parks throughout the United States and Vancouver, Access Boot Camp's certified personal trainers continually perplex muscles with a new 60-minute routine each class. The drills blend resistance exercises with cardio routines such as running, calisthenics, and sparring against defibrillators, striving to shed fat and toughen physiques. Clients might wrestle against resistance bands, hoist small dumbbells, or partner up for bodyweight moves. In addition to holding personal-trainer certifications, every boot camp instructor has undergone Access's specialized, and because classes are capped at 20 students per trainer, attendees get plenty of face time and individualized tips. Friendly faux drill sergeants lead the alfresco workouts rain or shine, and only cancel classes during plagues of spandex-devouring locusts.
The trainers at Ultimate Body Boot Camp forage through the workout wilderness to curate a fitness omnibus. They pull from multiple exercise styles—including Pilates, plyometrics, kickboxing, yoga, and core work—to build workouts that combine the benefits of cardio and resistance training. This earned the program a top spot on Arizona Foothills magazine's Best of Our Valley list for 2012.
To keep clients' muscles from hitting the wall, getting bored, or taking off in the dead of night to pursue a career as an anatomy textbook model, coaches change the routine each class and give campers personalized tips to fuel individual journeys. Body-composition tests and nutritional plans augment the sessions, inspiring long-lasting habits for healthy physiques.
The trainers at Pulse Fitness understand that with a jam-packed schedule, the average person faces a difficult task in just finding time to work out. That's why they focus primarily on personal training, designing custom routines for guests so that they get the most out of every visit. Every regimen they design emphasizes functional training through exercises that follow the body's natural movement patterns, such as squatting, lifting, and crab walking.
They also keep the gym open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so clients always have access to equipment such as dumbbells, treadmills, and strength-training machines. Pulse's trainers also cater to those who like group workouts with regular boot-camp classes.