Though it’s tucked inside a karate studio, Sacred Earth Yoga doesn’t condone fighting. Instead, the yoga studio works to keep costs and profits low by channeling funds toward the education of students and instructors rather than toward superficial frills and a fancier studio. Students are responsible for providing their own mats and receive hands-on, direct instruction in a variety of yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Hatha, and rigorous Power Vinyasa. Instructors lead newcomers through gentle classes that introduce students to the foundational moves before they graduate up to more athletic and fluid classes. Each instructor hails from an established yoga background, with many having studied under gurus in India and in the U.S.
Raven Aultman's personal fitness journey started at 253 pounds. Four years later and more than 100 pounds lighter, she's dedicated herself to helping others to reach their weight-loss goals with multifaceted boot camps and sound nutritional guidance. Knowing firsthand what it takes to sculpt a healthy body, Raven is able to tailor her workouts to help clients to effectively slim down without the use of steamrollers and falling grand pianos. She draws from sports drills and resistance training to help groups to collectively trim and tone and customizes individual regimens for one-on-one personal-training sessions.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Jonathan Jackson wasn’t supposed to win the triple jump championship at the 2008 Penn Relays. A severely inflamed knee should have knocked him out of contention, but learning how to overcome obstacles was nothing new to him. As a child, he suffered a severe injury to his eye and gravitated to track since partial blindness wasn’t a barrier to entry. Despite his knee, he took the field at the Penn Relays in 2008 and pushed himself to win both the triple long jump and long jump, also earning the title of Most Outstanding Athlete that day.
Now that he’s beyond his days as an All-American athlete, Jonathan helps his clients meet and exceed their own goals at First Step Boot Camp. His classes move at an up-tempo pace and use the latest in sports science training techniques to dramatically shape and strengthen their bodies. Participants can also make use of his carefully cultivated 70+ page diet plan to learn fat-burning eating methods and recipes that include a chipotle quesadilla that can be used as a competition discus in a pinch.
Dominic James, Get CrossFit’s owner, has more than 25 years of experience in competitions and health-club management. A CrossFit Level 1–certified coach, Dominic gets most of his motivation from the satisfaction of helping people achieve their fitness goals. To do this, he employs CrossFit’s philosophy of constantly varied training for functional fitness. Each workout, known as the Workout of the Day (WOD), blends exercises from across disciplines, including strength training, cardio, gymnastics, and resistance training. One day the workout might call for athletes to do handstand pushups and kettlebell swings, and the next day it might have them doing cycling, pull-ups, or dips on gymnastics rings. Each workout is designed to be universally scalable, meaning that, like Shaq’s pajamas, they can be tailored to fit anyone.