As an expert in kung fu and tae kwon do, Louis Charron had learned to wield his body as a weapon. After a time, however, he felt that his martial arts repertoire had ceased to expand—how was he supposed to respond on a dime to dangerous situations if his technique couldn't adapt? It wasn't until he began to specialize in krav maga that he experienced a combat system that continuously evolved, honing rapid-fire reactions to real-life scenarios. Louis dedicated himself to mastering the same self-defense maneuvers utilized by the Israeli Defense Forces, and today runs Close Combat and Fitness as lead instructor and the Louisiana State Director for the International Krav Maga Federation.
Inside the training facility, Louis teaches students to build from the body's natural movements and ward off armed and unarmed attackers, demonstrating tactics for offense, defense, and evasion. He maintains that fostering a positive mindset can create the best sense of security, second only to the confidence that comes from wearing brass knuckles on your hands and feet. That sense of security can particularly benefit youngsters, who gain the confidence to ignore bullies and the self-discipline to succeed in their studies. Guests of all fitness levels can benefit from his lessons, which have been featured on WWL-TV and Cox Sports Television Fitness 411 for their growing influence on the martial-arts scene.
Unfettered by bricks and mortar, Trainer To Go's certified personal trainers roam towns and cities, seeking the place where their clients feel most comfortable practicing, be it a backyard or public park. They take advantage of such public spaces to lead 30- and 60-minute personal-training sessions for their clients, blasting calories with a blend of cardio, plyometrics, and weight lifting.
It may seem counterintuitive to some, but Affirm Fitness’s head fitness trainer, Lauren Leitner, also owns a biscotti-making business. Of course, all of the desserts she doles out are low in fat, making them tasty complements to the healthy lifestyle that she hopes to impart upon her students at Affirm Fitness. There, she and fellow trainers lead exercisers of all stripes through boot camps that are either traditional or tailored to new moms. Cardio-and-sculpt boot camp shows exercisers how to have fun as they transition between drills in agility, interval training, and body-weight resistance. In baby-friendly Bootie Camp, participants push strollers a little bit faster than usual for a cardio workout that allows them to spend time with little ones while they improve themselves. Moms can even spend a little time sculpting muscles with hand weights or by lifting diaper bags filled with bricks. Affirm Fitness’s class schedule also includes dance-inspired Zumba cardio workouts, relaxing yoga, and TRX suspension training.
At Northeast Fitness Factory, fighters are allowed to talk about Fight Club. Named after the iconic novel and film, the gym’s signature class blends strikes inspired by boxing and mixed martial arts with cross-training fundamentals, leaving students as confident as they are toned. It’s not all about fighting at this gym, though. Students can also enlist in classes such as dance-inspired Zumba cardio, yoga, and boot camp. Committed instructors push participants to the limit, working with all types of fitness levels to maximize results. They even have the option to leave their children in the gym’s daycare, where staff members supervise as tots play with toys or compare their stock portfolios.
The mother-daughter owners of F.I.T. craft customized workouts and eating plans for ladies interested in bolstering their earthly edifice, employing the motivational tools of accountability and one-on-one attention. During three weekly personal-training sessions, they'll shepherd you through 25 minutes of heart-pumping cardio and 30 minutes of muscle-crunching strength training, progressing only when you're ready to. Meanwhile, nutritional know-it-alls construct food guides and offer recipes that cultivate healthy eating habits and fuel up bodies for training sessions much more effectively than gasoline-infused energy drinks. Newly-toned finger muscles can strut their stuff by scrawling in the fitness journal, an integral part of the program designed to help you identify breakthroughs and possible pitfalls by recording all of your meals, water intake, and workout stats. Progress is tracked according to inches and body fat lost, relying on hard, cold evidence rather than the mumbo jumbo of fat-cell psychologists and waistline mood rings.
Originally opened as Cross Gates Racquet Club in 1981, Cross Gates Family Fitness’s name has evolved along with its mission. The racquet and swim club now emphasizes fitness for the entire family, regardless of experience level, age, or physical condition. With two locations, Cross Gates’s campuses encompass a 10-acre, 70,000-square-foot fitness and recreation facility complete with a pool and tennis courts. They also have an upscale professional gym stocked with free weights, strength-training machines, and cardio machines equipped with personal entertainment screens. Cross Gates also facilitates fitness with classes and instruction in subjects such as yoga, tae kwon do, and tennis.