Head Over Heels Fitness's owner, Julie, had a lifelong dream of being a dancer, but by the time she got around to taking lessons, the usual ballet, tap, and hip-hop techniques didn?t appeal to her anymore. She dove into pole-dancing fitness, and loved the adrenaline rush she got climbing and twirling around a pole. After a move left her without a nearby studio to practice in, Julie found herself missing the company of strong women during classes, so she opened her own studio. Now she spends her days teaching special pole classes that combine pole dancing, yoga, and other techniques to whip bodies into shape in a fun environment.
Though common fitness goals often include losing pounds and inches, Kyle Osteen believes that a proper fitness regimen should focus primarily on helping clients live healthier, happier lives. A lifelong athlete in sports ranging from football to baseball, Kyle learned his approach to personal training while attending Texas Tech University, pursuing his bachelors and masters degrees in exercise sport sciences with a concentration in exercise physiology. These experiences inspired him to make truly personalized fitness lessons accessible to virtually anyone by visiting clients’ homes and teaching them how to eat healthfully and perform exercises that complement their skill level, abilities, needs, and goals.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Police academies, tactical-operations teams, military special-operations units, and champion martial artists all have one thing in common with CrossFit Downtown's certified coaches: they all use the same effective method for getting fit. However, the coaches don't teach just those with physically demanding jobs. Their students come from all walks of life and levels of physical fitness. Being able to tailor CrossFit's system of intense functional exercises to each of those students is something they take great pride in. Giving their students personalized attention in a team-oriented environment means everyone has a positive experience while reaching goals. To ensure all their students engage in CrossFit safely, they start rookies off with intro classes that cover fundamentals and safety measures.
The instructors at P31 Fitness aim to echo the sentiment of Proverbs 31, which speaks to the empowerment of women through hard work. To that end, they seemingly never run out of ways to make their students sweat. To combat the monotony of repetitive workouts, they rotate their boot-camp-style workouts, preventing boredom while staving off unproductive muscle memory. In addition to changing exercises, the team also arms ladies in their fight for personal wellness with daily health and nutrition tips, as well as cooldown time devoted to reflection on one's own spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health.
When Rachel Curtis set up her first boot camp, she was expecting a handful of women to attend. When more than 100 showed up, Rachel knew she was onto something. Along with her husband, Braughn, she designed P31 Fitness, a four-week boot-camp program designed to physically, mentally, and spiritually strengthen women of all shapes and sizes.