Chad Marr worked as everything from an in-the-trenches personal trainer to a club manager over his 30-year fitness career. He also met and befriended tons of other coaches, NFL and MLB players, and professional bodybuilders. When the time came to start his own gym, he put his experiences with these athletic titans to good use, designing a comprehensive program emphasizing training principles and fundamentals to push clients from all walks of life to the next level of fitness while minimizing the risk of injury, whether that goal might be losing weight or getting ready for the combine.
Today, Chad and his team live by the mantra "anyone can make you sweat; we can make you better." Instead of simply focusing on physical development, instructors focus heavily on training, preach mental toughness and motivation, and measure athletic success not only by speed and strength but also by instincts and leadership. In pursuit of this improvement, Chad and his team lead dynamic training classes in a 7,000-square-foot facility—divided into a three-lane track, turf area, and strength-training room—filled with quality equipment to match his teams' professional resumés. They use a variety of training disciplines such as dynamic warm-ups and functional training, utilizing Eleiko weights and helping clients build muscle with the barbells and dumbbells used throughout international competition. When asked about cardio, Chad simply says, “Sprint track and turf, no ellipticals here.”
When fighting fires, it's important to stay in combat-ready shape. Thirteen-year veteran fireman Ryan Adam picked up CrossFit as a means to stay ready for the the next four-alarm fire. He studied the methodology at numerous gyms, and even began teaching it to his coworkers. Eventually, he decided it was time to start his own enterprise. Upon earning himself a CrossFit Level 1 certification, Ryan founded North Frisco CrossFit. He focuses on the classic tenets of the training methodology, varying workouts every day to stave off boredom and prevent muscles from adapting to a specific regimen. Ryan designs every exercise he throws at students to strengthen their bodies in the various domains of functional fitness, such as strength, agility, and flexibility.
Koko FitClub’s digital keys unlock personalized cardio- and strength-training regimens tailored to each guest’s abilities and goals. Each user receives a small, USB-like device that stores personal fitness data, which is extracted during an initial fitness consultation. During each workout, guests plug their keys into the host of strength-training and cardio equipment. Based on the key’s data, the machines display the user’s ideal cardio intensity and resistance level or number of reps for each session—and even rate how they’re performing. The system adapts routines as members work toward their goals or gain +5 strength from an enchanted amulet, offering them the intelligence of a personal trainer without the costly fees or hassle of matching schedules. Online tracking further digitizes training, allowing users to see their progress on their home computers, in the very same browser where they’ll soon order smaller clown suits.
The certified master trainer at Core Group Fitness wants his clients to build strength they can use for more than just lifting heavier and heavier weights. Instead of working them with weight machines that build muscles in a single direction, he motivates students through TRX sessions, which use the body’s weight as the primary resistance. Students’ big main muscles hold them up while their smaller secondary muscles keep them from toppling over from lack of balance. This ballet of coordination builds solid, reliable strength that’s applicable in real world situations, which is why TRX has been used to train military and police personnel.
At Mackey Attack Fitness, the trainers inspire their clients to fight back against anything preventing from becoming a fitter and healthier version of themselves. They help clients meet their fitness goals with a combination of nutritional education, high-intensity boot-camp-style workouts, and positive encouragement. But you don't have to be a body builder to get fit at Mackey Attack Fitness, as the trainers welcome clients of all ages and fitness levels. Their boot-camp classes accommodate everyone, focusing more on making overall healthy lifestyle changes. They also offer programs for seniors and children and one-on-one personal-training sessions for those looking for an extra push into fitdom.
At Health Clubs of America, an athlete who hates to part with her favorite elliptical no longer has to—the clubs are open 24/7. Stocked with free weights, treadmills, and stationary bikes, the facilities complement their high-quality equipment with an array of training options. Custom one-on-one training helps clients achieve personal fitness goals, whereas 30-day boot-camp programs whip groups into shape, all while fostering a sense of community.
Jeremy D. Jackson holds three distinct certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, from personal trainer to corrective exercise specialist. He understands not only how to build muscle and burn fat, but how the musculature and skeleton should work in concert to keep the body healthy. He puts this knowledge—honed over eight years in the fitness industry—to work in The GetFit Nation's outdoor boot camps held at locations all across Dallas.
Jeremy and his trainers alter their prescribed regimen daily, increasing the rate of calorie consumption and muscle growth by refusing to let their clients' bodies adapt to repetitive motions. Though comprised of an every-changing array of exercises, each complete regimen builds the body's abilities for functional movement, strength, and power.