At Resurrection Fitness Studio, the staff takes an all-inclusive approach to fitness, working patrons' bodies while nurturing their minds to help them lead an overall healthier lifestyle. Their dynamic boot-camp classes challenge students' brawn with an array of training methods, including circuit training, cardio work, and core exercises. They complement these sessions with stress-relieving sessions of meditation to soothe tension more effectively than lying on a beach as a peaceful manatee brushes your hair. Patrons can work up a sweat while exercising their dance moves in line-dancing classes and Zumba sessions, which set easy-to-follow dance steps to pulsing Latin-inspired beats. In addition to catering their classes to patrons of all fitness levels, they also offer specialty classes for seniors and the visually impaired.
At Leadership Fit, ISSA-certified personal trainer Eric Banks rules with an encouraging fist. During boot camp and personal-training sessions, he motivates exercisers through an assortment of football, weightlifting, and track and field drills. To complement the workouts, he also offers wellness coaching. In addition to providing a fitness plan, wellness coaching provides a meal plan that shows exercisers how many calories and grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrates they need to eat each day and how many they need to throw at the ice-cream man.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Each training class is varied, so the daily workout routine never actually feels "routine." Boredom can be the biggest enemy of a workout program. An even bigger enemy is being asked to train beyond your current level of fitness. We program our workout routines to fit the current fitness level of all our New Warrior class members, whether they are new to a structured training program or highly experienced athletes. Each member leaves each class with sense of accomplishment, utilized to help them take on their next training class. Training plateaus don't stand a chance at New Warrior FitCamp.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
Some of the biggest mistakes most people make attempting to get fit on their own [are] not knowing where they are physically at the time they begin a training program. [Another one is] following general training programs found online, in health and fitness magazines, or DVDs from late night infomercials that don't keep their personal physical attributes and limitations in mind. [That leaves] a lot of room for unwanted injuries. [Other mistakes include] having a lack of accountability. At New Warrior Fitcamp, each new class member is properly assessed before beginning our classes, is taught the proper warm up, cool down, and recovery movements to avoid injury, and is confident knowing their New Warrior classmates and coaches are their biggest support team, no matter what their training level may be. We train as a family and succeed as a family.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
I feel at times the style of music should reflect the style of training, the training environment, and the type/personality of clientele that make up your classes. However, there are times I find that music can also distract clients from learning proper instruction from their coach, as well as distract the trainee from being in the moment of their training.
Equipment: Dumbbells, kettlebells, sledgehammers, tractor tires, ropes, barbells
Students should bring: water, weightlifting gloves, small towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
No man is an island, but you can still develop muscles that are hard as rock. The personal trainers at One2One Training Center have helped everyone from professional athletes to body builders get into the best shape of their lives. Anyone who goes through One2One's fitness program—natural athlete or otherwise—must be willing to admit the following: "I can't do it all by myself." With a dedicated staff of trainers so close at hand, that's not such a bad thing. Trainers work with individual clients to develop realistic fitness goals, then follow through with the help of advanced exercise equipment at one of three local facilities.
Evolutions3 has two specialties: business development and fitness. The company combines its two areas of expertise by designing boot-camp classes for companies and organizations. The staff also provides workouts for individuals and unaffiliated groups as well as lectures, nutrition information, and lectures on how to stage a filibuster by reading nutrition information for hours.
As the head of True Believers Fitness, Delvric Tezeno will work with just about any kind of client, from body-builders to marathoners, fitness newbies to serious athletes. The one requirement he has is that they be willing to push themselves. In addition to private sessions that typically include both strength and cardio training, Tezeno also leads group classes, designs meal plans, and offers bonus guidance in the form of coaching calls and information-rich eye contact.