After a medical condition stamped out Michael Lindsay’s dreams of becoming an astronaut, he followed his other passion: helping others find total wellness with fitness and nutritional counseling. At All Together Fitness, his crew of fitness experts lead boot-camp classes for men and women of all ages and athletic abilities. Sessions are held outdoors so participants can show off workout moves to area birds.
AFAA-certified fitness instructor Kari Fundingsland did three decades' worth of research before opening Kari Kardio. Beginning with her first Jazzercise center in 1983, she amassed group- and personal-training knowledge at gyms stationed from the United States to Australia. She took note of club fads and their effects, and experimented with different exercise styles to create the Kardio Flex System—a malleable workout template that allows instructors to pair her proven exercises with their own music playing over speakers or inside their heads. Today, more than 30 group classes per week at Kari Kardio attest to the breadth of her industry savvy.
With backgrounds in competitive athletics, personal training, and other high-level fitness activities, Kari Kardio’s teachers pair time-tested training methods with the latest workout trends. Their classes—which run the gamut from spin to kickboxing to strength training—accommodate all experience levels with safe exercise modifications. Treadmills and stationary bikes line the 9,000-square-foot studio, helping students chase their fitness goals and complete stationary paper routes when not attending classes.
At Fort Myers Adventure Boot Camp, NESTA- and WITS-certified personal trainer, Sue Meredith, sculpts strong, confident athletes with an outdoor exercise regime designed exclusively for women. In the cool hours before dawn snatches the baton from night, campers gather for 60 minutes of cardio and strength training that vary with each class to keep bodies and minds thoroughly engaged. Meredith rallies students of all abilities with encouragement and technique tips, cheering as students negotiate obstacle courses, twist torsos during sport yoga and Pilates, pound hearts to the rhythm of ropes being jumped, and pummel the air with kickboxing moves or pretend-signal pretend-runway airplanes. Participants can push themselves to the precipices of their comfort zones fueled by the camaraderie of their sweaty crew and the anticipation of a healthy, statuesque figure, svelte enough to make narrow willows weep with envy.
World Gym is a no-nonsense fat-blasting factory outfitted with more than $250,000 in brand-new equipment, a friendly staff, and professional personal trainers. Spinning classes are offered daily, and with more than 50 new spinning bikes, presenting myriad opportunities to embark on imaginary bicycle rides through the sunlit streets of Paris circa 1953. Professional trainers, such as Cathy “Cat” Griffith, winner of several NPC Women’s Figure Championships, are available to help take exercise regimes up a notch, and more than 60 cardio machines, circuit equipment, and a garden of free weights round out the spacious interior. Childcare is available for grandparents whose children refuse to spot for them, and weekday hours of 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. make sure that surly early worms and coffee-jitter night hawks have equal access to the bench press.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, tone up, or work around an injury, Tina Johnson can develop a routine, and help you stick to it. Johnson––a marathon runner and Ironman competitor––has worked as a personal trainer since 1989, and has experience training everyone from teens to seniors to those suffering from knee problems, back problems, injured rotator cuffs, and disco fever. But whatever your particular needs, she offers private, semi-private, and group sessions that will help you set and reach achievable goals.
Personal trainer and founder Dayhanna Acosta has transformed years of unhealthy eating habits and a distaste for exercise into an intense passion to spread her proven weight-loss system to others. Fat2Fit provides a judgment-free, team-based support system to encourage weight loss and help boost self-confidence. Acosta's sessions burn upwards of 800 calories by working every muscle in the body. The 40-minute routines include a mix of core conditioning, circuit training, suspension training with TRX systems, short distance running, defense maneuvers against bacon-encrusted bacon, and more. Fat2Fit programs are safe and challenging for all experience levels and ages, whether you’re looking to shed a few inches or begin training for the phonebook-tearing world championships,. Equipment is provided; clients only need to bring along water, a mat, and the gusto to mercilessly part ways with stowaway pounds. Classes are scheduled Monday¬¬–Friday from 5:45–6:25 a.m. and 7:30–8:10 p.m.