Certified personal trainer Todd Beattie has worked to save lives as a US Navy search-and-rescue swimmer, spends his spare time competing in Ironman triathlons, and continues to train in a variety of martial arts that he's been doing for 22 years. The lifetime fitness guru channels each of these experiences into his dynamic aerobic and plyometric workouts, which marry functional fitness with techniques garnered from his time in the martial arts and military. Todd and his dutiful instructors, both of whom are black belts, help clients shape up during customized, one-on-one personal training and 20 weekly fitness classes. They motivate small groups of fitness-seekers with boot camps, kettlebell strength-training classes, and boxing sessions while keeping a watchful eye to ensure students don't overexert their muscles. These encouraging trainers also help women to protect themselves through self-defense seminars, during which they teach participants how to identify, avoid, and escape from suspicious people, attackers, and door-to-door used-car salesmen.
To further assist clients in reaching their fitness goals, Downtown Boot Camp posts weekly meal plans complete with online calorie counts that keep diets on track and strengthen wills against guilt trips from jilted chocolate cakes. Every month, the generous instructors donate a portion their profits to a rotating roster of charities.
Along with owner Patrea?a two-time Ms. Fitness USA national finalist who holds a degree in exercise science?the instructors at 15 to Fit Pilates, Barre & Fitness make their members a promise: if they follow their program for 12 weeks, they will see serious results or they will get their money back. To that end, the instructors form positive relationships that encourage each student to stay committed as they climb the learning curve of practicing Pilates equipment and barre workouts. They coach everyone from first-time Pilates students to professional athletes during one-on-one Pilates sessions, duet sessions, and group classes on Allegro2 Balanced Body reformers. In addition to Pilates-focused sessions, the instructors help lengthen and strengthen muscles during yoga and ballet barre classes.
Patrea and her team also offer niche services such as Pilates for golfers, chair Pilates for seniors, and ghost Pilates for poltergeists. On Sunday and Tuesday, massage therapist Heather Chaney pops in to put her decade of muscle-kneading experience to work, offering massages that include a unique variety performed on the Pilates barrel.
After four years spent playing football at the University of Illinois, and three years in the Canadian league, Morris Virgil circled back around to become a fitness coach. ?Each client is a direct reflection of me,? he says. ?Not in their physique, but in form, effort level, and dedication.?
He springboards off that philosophy during his 45-minute sports-inspired workouts, challenging patrons through functional training methods designed to improve overall health rather than just build washboard vanity abs or butter-churn biceps. Each workout divides time equally between cardiovascular routines, strength-training that leverages body weight, and muscle-sculpting exercises with free weights. The focus of each session alternates by the day of the week, so students can arrive daily for an all-around fit-?em-up routine or drop in on specified slots to focus on slimming down, toning muscles, or building strength.
Another class is winding down at Indy Boot Camps and owner Tod Esquivel informs the group that they are going to finish with group sit-ups. Some people groan, others laugh, but everyone ultimately squeezes together, locks arms, and begins doing sit-ups in unison. This exercise exemplifies the challenging but fun exercises at Indy Boot Camps. Esquivel is a fan of bodyweight exercises, interval training, partner exercises, and the aforementioned group exercises, and amplifies their results with physio balls, heavy ropes, and BOSU balls. His facility stages indoor and outdoor boot camps and features a children’s play area that is in sight of the workout area, so parents can keep an eye on their kids and kids can keep on eye on their parent’s alarmingly expanding biceps.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Circle City Boot Camp owners and trainers Tony Lindauer and Arin Ralstin both hold degrees in exercise science and will guide aspiring in-shapers through a rigorous but rewarding one-month boot camp. After conducting a fitness assessment to pinpoint body-fat percentage and determine which areas of the bodyz need strengthening, Tony, Arin, and their affable, savvy staff will plan the best way to achieve your unique fitness goals. Feel the burn of the camp's scientifically calculated aerobics and drills, which specifically target the body's major muscle groups while boosting metabolism, burning fat, building lean muscle, and improving Slavic language dexterity. During the month-long training montage, dedicated exercisers will stretch, jump, hoist, and teach a medicine ball who's boss—developing a healthier, sexier constitution that can be shown off on the beaches during next month's cement exposition in Greece, ConcreteCon Crete. Throughout the process, Circle City's trainers and class participants will motivate each other to reach their personal goals, creating a comfortable, high-fiving environment.