Sometimes, boot camp classes carry a military tone—one that dilutes encouragement in favor of brutish yelling. But that's not the case at Edge Body Boot Camp, where instructors are as supportive as they are informative. Under the direction of Dustin Edge—who has 12 years of industry experience packed into his muscles—Edge Body's trainers combine cardio exercises and resistance training into single, high-energy workouts. To prevent clients from hitting a plateau or becoming tempted to exercise while they sleep, Edge Body mixes up its routine every class. Complementary nutritional guidance, meal planning, and fitness evaluations available to all campers helps to achieve goals.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers?with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers?are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Everyone on Livewell's staff works together to help clients achieve mental and physical wellness. Doctor of Chiropractic Andrew Lobacz performs adjustments, licensed massage therapist Kay Qualls doles out soothing massages, and a team of yoga instructors help students get in shape and shed stress. And then, of course, there's the Flex 151 program. These weekly 15-minute workouts consist of 3?5 exercises that emphasize muscle contraction, helping to deliver maximum results with minimum potential for injury.
Sheri Dunaway, the owner of Mission Fitness with Sheri, leads personal-training sessions to help clients achieve their personal strength and weight-loss goals. Her individualized approach ensures that each session is productive and clients leave feeling healthy and active.