Personal training has been the cornerstone of Max Fitness ever since the gym opened in 1998—a fact that was reinforced when owner Bentz Tozer Jr. was voted Best Personal Trainer by readers of Harrisburg Magazine in 2012. Bentz and his staff mock up blueprints for each client—which include thoughtful touches such as meal plans and online recipes—and pave the fitness way for people who want to build muscle mass, lose weight, or develop sports-specific skills. Supplementing the training, the staff leads fitness classes such as Fit Box, which weaves martial-arts techniques into full-body workouts. For lone wolves and humans who like to work out on their own, the gym also maintains a fleet of strength-training machines, cardio equipment, and free weights.
Personal Trainer Josh Wolfe aids clients in conquering their fitness goals during intense boot-camp sessions. Participants shed pent-up sweat droplets through a varied regimen—which may include push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, and hopscotch—in order to relieve workout monotony. Wolfe reports that within 16 days of dedicated body development, customers can lose 4 to 12 pounds and develop at least one pound of lean, toned baboon muscle.
Dedicated to promoting overall well-being through personal training, nutrition counseling, and stress-management programs, Absolute Wellness Group's staff consists of professionals including fitness instructors and a licensed massage therapist. Clients can swing by one of two locations for fitness boot camps alongside therapeutic services such as reiki, acupuncture, and massages. Absolute Wellness Group also regularly hosts an assortment of programs, including running programs designed to help runners of varying experience levels improve their cardiovascular endurance without actually having to spell "cardiovascular."
Equipment: Hand weights, yoga mats, and fitness bands
Students should bring: Water, towel, and sneakers
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Don't forget your smile.
When it comes to exercise, results don't always come from lifting the heaviest weight or running endless miles of cardio. That's why the trainers at Integrity Fitness and Sports Development, LLC take a smarter approach to workouts. During their group training programs, one of their professional fitness coaches leads clients through 40- to 50-minute total-body interval workouts designed to bolster core strength, burn calories, and increase endurance. Whether they're looking to shed a few inches or shave seconds off on-field metrics, clients benefit from the training program's systematic approach; trainers switch up workouts every six weeks to keep muscles confused and minds rut-free. They also draw upon the motivation and accountability inspired by the tight-knit group setting. Trainers also offer private sessions, too, helping clients bust through progress plateaus with one-on-one attention. No matter their training preference, clients don't check their dedication as they walk out the door; free weekly motivational e-newsletter send the motivational cries of trainers echoing throughout clients' everyday lives.
If there's one thing that proves that the principles of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and judo help ensure success outside the martial arts studio, it's Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo's instructors. Though they possess years of experience and numerous championship wins, martial arts aren't their only pursuits—detective, college professor, welder, and attorney are just a few of the titles the instructors hold when they're not teaching martial arts students. In their diverse schedule of child- and adult-level classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and judo, they teach students the same enduring skills in fitness, honor, and mutual respect that have been so beneficial in their own lives.