Years before he became the avid runner, swimmer, and certified fitness trainer he is today, Jared Harrison was a chubby kid. It was only after taking up sports in high school that he began to whip into shape. When he resolved to start his own fitness business during college, he eventually lost a total of 80 pounds. His hard work has paid off?not only is he a svelte and muscular titan of an athlete, he now owns and operates his own fitness program, Hit Fit.
Amid the professional equipment and private studios of the local One 2 One Training Center, he and his staff of fellow trainers lead one-on-one and small-group training sessions, as well as nutritional counseling sessions. They take their fitness sessions outside to local parks, challenging students with their boot-camp program's high-energy exercise routines. Covering both fitness and nutrition, the program is designed to help patrons lead overall healthier lifestyles and fit back into their high-school hot-dog costume.
Within a wood-floored studio jam-packed with exercise balls and resistance machines, certified trainers Amanda Kemp-Grant and Caroline Soul work to create a welcoming atmosphere where students of all shapes and sizes can work toward their goals of losing weight, toning up, or figuring out the location to Joseph Pilates' hidden treasure. The duo combine their wealth of experience?which collectively includes backgrounds in Pilates, yoga, spinning, body building, and a bouquet of other modalities?to craft and helm a selection of dynamic classes that includes mat-based Pilates, machine-based Pilates, indoor cycling, and ballet-inspired barre.
Christopher Burroughs and Evarista Reyes both know something about setting lofty goals for themselves?Burroughs starting working on his vertical at a young age with the hopes of learning to dunk by eighth grade; Reyes started training to become a figure model after having two children. At God Body Sports, they encourage youths and adults to push themselves to equally ambitious goals. Their clients compete in everything from track to football, benefiting from Reyes and Burroughs' training regimens and nutrition advice.
J-Mike has always loved sports and fitness, and when an injury ended his college-baseball career, he was able to shift gears and received an education in fitness training. Today, he leads individuals and small groups through intense strength and cardio training in his indoor gym, challenging students to complete difficult, but scalable, boot-camp classes.
As a physical therapist, Carrie Moore worked to help patients rehabilitate their musculoskeletal injuries for five years. Throughout her practice, she noticed a troubling trend: a striking number of the dysfunctions were the result of insufficient or nonexistent fitness regimes. From this realization sprung RipQuest Boot Camp, Carrie's four-week offensive against sedentary lifestyles. Along with her staff of physical therapists and trainers, Carrie motivates groups of 20–30 toward lean and toned physiques via muscle confusion. This technique is based on fast-paced, dynamic workouts that target different muscle groups to prevent them from getting too accustomed to certain routines, thus rendering exercise ineffective. Tweaked to accommodate varying fitness levels, the boot camps rally sluggish bloodstreams with cardio, strength-training, speed, and agility exercises using a variety of fitness equipment. Patrons power through lunges to build solid quads, hurl medicine balls to bolster core and arm strength, and jump ropes for a calorie-annihilating burst of cardio. Boot campers should bring a water bottle, yoga mat or towel, jump rope, and hand weights or supportive gnomes that weigh 5 to 10 pounds.
Armed with various facilities, group classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, 24 Hour Fitness molds amorphous adobe muscles into rock-solid flesh houses. Each location boasts cardio equipment, free weights, a steam room, and group exercise classes so social gym junkies can motivate each other. Group cycling sessions burn calories and increase energy levels, and Latin dance-influenced Zumba classes present a fun, dynamic way to slim meat suits. Before breaking a sweat, check the online schedules for upcoming times.