Tac Force Challenge tests the strength of racers by putting them through the rigors of an adventure 5K obstacle course designed by power lifters, martial-arts experts, and special-operations professionals. The muddy, muscle-straining course houses 31 obstacles, such as rope walls, river dashes, unbalanced beams, log trips, and tunnels that force runners to use all their strength and jet-pack fuel to reach the finish line. Participants begin their first race ranked as a Private and advance closer to General as they complete each run. This progress is saved in the Tac Force database, which catalogs completion dates so that the government knows whom to call in the event of a sweaty-bicep shortage.
Ashley Wentzel, a former Division I soccer MVP, and Jared Alexander, an avid athlete and business-school graduate, combined their industry savvy and passion for physical health to cofound Star Fitness Solutions. As an ACSM-certified personal trainer, Wentzel works as the chief fitness offer, harnessing positive energy and exercise know-how to rally and push her students in Star's boot-camp and small-group training programs. Certified trainers also helm sports-performance and personal-training sessions, relying on more focused routines to reshape physiques based on each client's desire to first throw and then crush a basketball. By building a rapport with their trainees, the team at Star Fitness avoids the detached atmosphere of giant gyms and hopes to successfully inspire lifestyle changes for lasting wellness.
The experienced team of trainers at Explosion Fitness Solutions focuses on efficiently training everyone from youth athletes and seasoned weightlifters to fitness novices just signing up for boot camp. Rigorous personal-training sessions focus on losing weight and building strength by incorporating diverse movements cribbed from daily life, such as lifting, pushing, climbing, and twisting. For moms, pre- and postnatal programs help clients deal with the stresses of pregnancy, following guidelines set out by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The trainers at Wave Effect Boot Camp use their daily contact with members to instill in them new ideas about fitness and nutrition, much like tossing a stone into a pond and watching the ripples spread. They lead three boot camps a week—an approachable commitment level for even the busiest of busy folks—packed with workouts that can cause the body to continue to burn fat even after the pushups have ended. The trainers strive to cultivate a fun and motivational atmosphere while they introduce fitness challenges ranging from sprints to calisthenics, and eschew angry sea shanties in favor of peppy modern music.
Professional Latin dancer and certified Zumba instructor Tabra Tacuri embraces the link between dance and fitness: her dance career with longtime partner Anthony—an award-winning dancer certified by the National Dance Council of America and Arthur Murray—has helped her maintain an enviable shape. Together, they lead others in slimming down while strutting their stuff on the dance floor with a combination of ballroom dance and dance fitness classes at Fit 4 Life Ohio. The pair leads group and private dance lessons in ballroom, Latin dance, and Argentine tango and works with betrothed couples to perfect their first dance for their big night. Shifting the focus to fitness, Tabra once again calls upon her Latin-dance training to help dancers of all levels shimmy their way to narrower waistlines during her high-energy Zumba and Zumba toning classes.
She further motivates clients to reach their fitness goals with in-home personal training and nutrition coaching. In her e-fitness program, she leads personal training and group fitness classes via webcam and Skype, allowing clients to get in shape at home or on a crowded commuter train. The e-training sessions also include personal assessments and interviews to ensure that clients stay on track.
These days, Laura Azbill is constantly researching and thinking of new, exciting ways to live a healthy lifestyle, and how to share that information with her clients. But she wasn't always this on top of health and exercise habits. For many years, she relied on a great metabolism, staying pretty oblivious to what she was eating and doing, until she slowly began gaining weight. She even continued to gain weight while she was training for a marathon and working with a personal trainer. So she decided to make a change, and focus more on her dietary habits along with exercise.
Now, Laura Azbill shares the knowledge she gained while studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, helping her clients create practical lifestyle and nutrition plans. Her personalized plans consider each person's unique body type, lifestyle, and goals. Ultimately, for Laura, it's not just about a healthy weight?it's about creating a healthy body, mind, and soul.