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.
Created by renowned fitness expert Jaime Brenkus, the man behind the 8 Minute Abs workout videos, the Slim & Fit approach to wellness is much more than a diet. Certified Slim Coaches and Fit Trainers helm weekly weigh-ins and exercise sessions, slinging encouragement that’s grounded in their commitment to cultivating permanent behavioral change. Fueled by a passion to help others achieve their goals, Cathy Lombardo, along with her husband Chris, decided to bring Brenkus’s philosophy to their community. After cutting the ribbon, a ceremony that Brenkus himself attended, Cathy got busy putting her experience as an all-American track-and-field athlete to use guiding others toward overall well-being.
In addition to the hunger-curbing six meals a day that participants enjoy on the 4-2 Slim Plan, exercisers burn calories during Brenkus's Fitness Fusion workout via resistance, cardio, and strength training. The system's patented portion-control plate demonstrates the appropriate amount of food to eat or store in second stomachs for the approaching winter months.
On a typical bike ride, you might feel soreness in your legs, but spinning classes on RealRyders spread the effort around—even to your abs. In just this fashion, the expert trainers at My Fitness Studio, LLC find ways to help guests train harder to reach their fitness goals, whether during spinning instruction or in group fitness classes that focus on full-body exercises. RealRyders work their cycling magic by dipping and tilting during class in a way that engages the core and simulates urges to do the electric slide. Trainers also make use of TRX bands during group fitness classes, which help stretch and strengthen muscles with techniques developed by Navy SEALs.
When Alison first discovered yoga, she knew she would never give it up. Still, she wasn't quite sure she wanted to teach it. That all changed when she attended a teacher-training course to expand her personal practice. She was fortunate enough to hook up with Esme', who was practicing Bikram yoga to stay fit after transitioning from an active college lifestyle to a corporate desk job. The two eventually joined forces to found Bikram Yoga East Valley, where they have been teaching yoga ever since.
Their style of choice, Bikram yoga, challenges the body with a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. The instructors move though this demanding sequence inside a heated studio that keeps muscles warm to avert injuries and flush out toxins. Despite Bikram yoga's difficult nature, students of all skill levels can take the same classes concurrently. Many students see evidence of their workouts in stronger muscles, greater mental clarity, and strange droplets of water-like stuff coming from their pores.
When Ellen Latham developed Orangetheory Fitness, she knew she needed passionate trainers and ample equipment, but her greatest tool would be plain science. Drawing on her background as a degreed physiologist, as well as a personal trainer, TV fitness personality, and exercise columnist, she created a regimen to induce excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC for short.
By blasting different muscle groups with intense intervals of exercise before performing fatigue-level strength training with free-weights, Latham’s system inspires the body to keep consuming calories well after the workout has ended in an effort to help muscles recover. Classes last 60-minutes, with any given interval lasting between 10- and 30-minutes. Students rotate between treadmills, suspension harnesses, free-weights, and rowing machines, which strengthen arms and cores by simulating the sensation of rowing through a river of hot glue.
Wrestling, weightlifting, running, MMA, soccer and swimming. Such activities have always appealed to CrossFit Solution's coaches, whose love for a good challenge naturally led them to CrossFit. In a rectangular, no-nonsense gym awash in natural light, they teach a system that's scalable to all ages and fitness levels. They make it fun by creating a few friendly competitions?such as who can do the most squats, who can sweat the most, or do the most push-ups. They also keep minds and bodies engaged by changing the workout every day. These workouts consist of functional movements performed at a high intensity?lifting, pushing, pulling, and other everyday motions that overlap with common physical activities, such as sports, work, and household chores. In addition to strengthening physiques, CrossFit Solution focuses on community involvement, and motivating clients to be the best possible version of themselves.