It's hard to believe that Dawn Pierson was not always in top shape. Still in maternity clothes at her daughter's first birthday party, she decided it was time to change her fitness routine. She hired a personal trainer to show her the correct way to work out, and over time, she watched her body transform. Six months after her first session, she quit her job to become a certified trainer, with the goal of helping others like herself to live healthier and happier lives.
At Piersonfitness, she fills her roster of classes with Zumba, boot-camp, and personal-training sessions. She offers free 30-minute personal-training sessions for first-timers to demonstrate the impact that personal training can have in their exercise routine. In addition to training, she also leads high-energy dance-based Zumba classes set to Latin, hip-hop, and country tunes, describing the fun, full-body-toning classes as "exercise in disguise."
Phoenix Health and Fitness trainer Dave Krohe’s expansive list of clientele includes the cast of the hit TV show The Biggest Loser, attendees at police academy, and college athletes. A former military personnel and police officer, Dave’s broad range of experiences helps him curate effective fitness regimens for students of all levels and fitness goals. Informed by his experiences and his degrees in physical education and kinesiology, he blends cardio-fitness, cross-training, and muscular-endurance exercises into personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes that encourage students to slim down, beef up, and forge healthier lifestyles. Dave provides his motivational personal-training sessions both in gym and home settings.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Since 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been one of America's favorite sources of sports entertainment and methods of resolving tied gubernatorial elections. UFC has now set its sights on granting regular people with the fitness of its TV fighters by opening a series of professional gyms. There, group classes taught by professional fighters and coaches help members hone both their bodies and their minds with the practice of kickboxing, MMA, and muay thai. Guests may burn between 800 to 1,000 calories per class for some disciplines. Other programs include children's classes for boys and girls, and personal training that can focus skills and get students comfortable in the ring.
Equipment: Ballet barre, dumbbells, resistance bands, weight machines, rower, and spinning bikes
Students should bring: Water, towel, and yoga mat
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Introduce yourself to the instructor, and let them know if you have any injuries.
At Maximum Body Fitness, the owner's philosophy, "Work hard and have fun," is not taken lightly. Certified trainer MaryBeth motivates patrons of all ages and fitness levels to move their bodies in Tabata, boot camp, barre, boxing, kettlebell, and Pilates classes. During her fun-focused 60-minute sessions, students not only burn calories, but also develop friendships and a sense of accountability—in that they don't want to disappoint their comrades by not showing up for a workout. To help folks lead overall healthier lifestyles, she also helms programs that map out meal plans, meet weekly for small-group training sessions, and use a private Facebook page that offers group support and selfies of the gym.
At Fit on Demand, the personal trainers understand that the path to healthy living requires embracing not only a more active lifestyle, but also good habits when it comes to nutrition and sleep. With a goal-oriented curriculum, they help visitors focus on each of these components by offering services that appeal to people of any fitness level and helping them establish realistic and attainable targets.
Within a 7,000-square-foot facility, they oversee self-guided workouts with an extensive arsenal of equipment—including Precor ellipticals, StairMaster machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes. The instructors also lead engaging group classes that embrace everything from yoga to high-intensity boot camps. Furthermore, Fit on Demand helps its clients bolster their vitality and energy levels by teaching them how to manage everyday stress and begin eating healthier meals.