Percy Bass has a diverse background well suited to personal training. He started by obtaining a degree in human-resource management at Texas A&M University–Commerce, where he learned to work with all types of people. He then examined food and its relationship to the body, ultimately getting a second degree in dietetics. Finally, when Mr. Bass earned his personal-training certification, he was ready to open his own business. At H2T Fitness & Nutrition, Mr. Bass puts his expertise to use with personal-training sessions, group fitness classes, and nutrition counseling.
Before heeding the call to a life as a certified yoga instructor, Diana Roehl helped companies to cultivate corporate talent as a human-resources specialist. Now she helps individuals to discover the strengths that lie within. Roehl steers students toward these revelations with Hatha yoga, whose deep breaths and focused poses center the mind as they fortify the muscles. Natural light and calming blue walls envelop group classes at her studio, casting a soothing glow on shiny wooden floorboards where students practice shoulder stands and bridges. Roehl also brings her yoga teachings to local offices, showing employees how to dislodge stress and impossibly jammed printer paper with graceful movements and powerful exhalations. Between classes, she leads Thai bodywork sessions, which combine acupressure and ayurvedic medicine through assisted yoga poses.
Former NFL player and certified personal trainer Michael Booker wants to help his clients get into the best shape of their lives. As a highly motivating trainer, Booker leads one-on-one sessions, boot camp classes, athletic training, and kids’ fitness sessions for anyone looking to lose weight or gain enough strength to finally break apart a cinderblock with a single, smoldering stare. Clients at I.T.Fitness learn quickly that Michael is serious about fitness—working hard and having a good attitude are key at his indoor training facility, and nutritional counseling is valued just as much.
At CrossFit Bullseye, head coach Tommy Dunaway draws on his CrossFit certification and experience training US Marines to help athletes achieve their fitness and wellness goals. He and his team of certified trainers design new workouts every day that incorporate varied functional movements from CrossFit’s repertoire. Though the workouts always change, it’s not uncommon to see members performing intense exercises that range from weightlifting and kettlebell training to running, rowing, and bodyweight exercises such as pushups and pull-ups.
Groupon Asks: What inspired you to start or run this business?
"CrossFit principles are tried and true, as evidenced by its popularity nationwide. Core customers in the fitness industry have a thirst for efficient workouts that allow them to measure progression. At the end of the day, I just want to make it easy for people to become healthier. This may be through 24-hour access or through affordable fitness instruction."
-Sierra Dunaway, Coach and Owner
YMCA of Arlington is a prototypical community and recreation center, modeling its amenities and social programs after the same five pillars—caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith—that have driven the organization since its area inception in 1958. Adult members benefit from fitness rooms packed with cardio and weight-training equipment and classes such as Zumba, yoga, and tai chi. Meanwhile, KidZone playrooms, swim lessons, afterschool programs, and youth sports teams engage tykes while teaching the fundamentals of teamwork, respect, and spotting the weakest link in a Red Rover chain.
At FunXion Fitness, personal trainers Xavier, Candi, and Elisa strive to make each workout enjoyable and effective. Guided by that mission, the trio schedules personal-training sessions and group training sessions such as boot camp and circuit training. Both Xavier and Elisa also have certifications for teaching TRX suspension training, a popular fitness technique that builds muscle using bodyweight and Mother Nature's paperweight: gravity.