Founder Linda Taix has one mission: to help clients achieve the ultimate positive change in body, health, and spirit––without half- hearted crunches. Employing a team of certified personal trainers and former military personnel, Linda's civilian-style fitness boot camp was featured on Good Morning America. Linda modeled her six-week boot-camp sessions after a real military boot camp, with an enlistment phase to gauge fitness levels and one- hour classes that blend military exercise drills, resistance training, and plyometrics with cardio activities such as obstacle courses and double-dutch jump-rope contests against local youths.
Cutting out traditional boot-camp yelling and huffing, the team fosters a supportive and motivating environment for students of all skill levels. Furthermore, Extreme employs nutritionist and fourth-degree black belt Jake Nelson to guide clients with diet advice and personal consultations on how best to break a board with a honey-glazed ham.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Machines and hybrids line the room. Their creator, the mad scientist of fitness Amy (Sowers) Jordan, has transformed her passion for Pilates and a flair for engineering into the newest incarnation of the Pilates reformer, called the WundaFormer. The patented design combines a Pilates reformer, Wunda Chair, jump board, and ballet barre into a muscle-toning juggernaut that Amy uses in her intense, fast-paced workouts. Obsessed with efficiency, Amy designed the sessions to target as many muscles as possible in the shortest amount of time.
After creating the innovative machine, she took her show on the road, opening studios to showcase what the muscle-sculpting apparatus could do. She now helms a passionate group of certified instructors who lead small groups of 10 guests at a time through the routine.
In a spinning class, the goal is simple: pedal as much as you can. This an easy goal to achieve at PEDAL Spin, thanks to classes that combine energizing music and visuals to make riding a stationary bike even more fun than the real thing. Different instructors inject their own personalities into their classes, ensuring that no two workouts are quite the same. But regardless of who's leading them, spinning classes always boost the heart rate, build strength in the core and legs, and provide an excuse to break out the ol' riding hat.
Julie Bond Rhyne's singing and dancing career took her to Broadway, on tour with Latin superstars, and into recording studios and movie sets. Although her life was filled with the joys of performing, in 1998 Julie found her greatest career satisfaction from an unexpected source—Pilates. Almost immediately, she wanted to teach the empowering exercise form, and after earning her teacher certification, Julie opened X-Treme Pilates as a means of sharing her newfound passion. Today, with a small crew of teachers, Julie fulfills her clients' needs with core-strengthening workouts available daily. In each of their classes, instructors use Joseph Pilates's famed machine, the Reformer, whose system of pulleys and sliding panels deepens core engagement while reducing stress on the joints. To maintain focus, the workout space includes nine machines facing a wall of mirrors, which remind students to double-check their posture and existence throughout the class.
Kristy Tyler leans on her experience as an athlete and her research working with injured dancers to lead Tyler Physical Therapy & Pilates. Physical-therapy sessions pair an injured athlete with a certified trainer who combines massage techniques with restorative exercises to get weakened muscles back to their former car-throwing strength. To bolster cores and stave off future injuries, expert instructors lead Pilates classes using Balanced-Body reformer machines for low-impact, intense stretches. The intimate classes hold no more than four students, enabling teachers to move around the room, doling out helpful tips on posture and how to avoid the machine’s attempts to incorporate its human guest into a bionic hybrid.