Shawn Kephart, the founder of K180 Fitness, uses his own experience struggling with body image and weight loss to lead his students towards their fitness goals. His comprehensive regimen approaches fitness from eight core areas, using a 20,000 square foot gym ergonomically designed for motivation. Certified trainers—many of whom have overcome body image issues, disabilities, or chronic illness—lead classes and personal training sessions, and the gym is also equipped with a full-service kitchen and private lockers and showers.
Located in the historic town of Summerville in a quaint red-brick building, Summerville Yoga and Wellness is a newly opened yoga studio dedicated to helping its clients heal and relax. Its certified instructors believe that all yoga styles are beneficial, so the studio offers hot classes, Vinyasa-style sessions, and Intro to Yoga classes in a spacious, light-filled studio with hardwood floors. Every class is both a physical and mental workout, with a focus on relaxation and proper posture.
The instructors at Elevated Fitness Solutions focus on functional training—exercises that have a direct connection to everyday movements. They teach all of their classes one-on-one to tailor their workouts to each client's goals. In addition to building flexibility, power, and strength through physical challenges, they also offer dietary advice.
Masters Studios trains students to defend themselves using the traditional styles of Shaolin Kempo karate, kung fu, jujitsu, and tai chi. After an introductory lesson, instructors pace students according to their skills in programs designed to heighten mental focus, improve strength and technique, develop responsive strategies, and build a healthy lifestyle. In addition to standard classes, the studio runs summer camps and maintains a list of its black belt team.
Physique Personal Training's owner/CEO Heather Polan draws from a superabundance of experience to motivate her students into shape. Backed with certifications as a personal trainer and nutrition specialist, Polan welcomes aspiring athletes of all ages, body types, and IQ levels to take charge of their health with a suite of services that fortify the body, including nutritional counseling, personal and group training, and high-intensity bootcamp sessions. Students can hoist barbells or boost cardio endurance amid the machines and freeweights of the indoor gym, while outdoor training builds functional strength with vigorous workouts such as flipping tires, schlepping fire-hoses, or making super guttural monster truck noises to tone the thoracic diaphragm.
While playing college football, owner and head trainer Tony May studied business and fitness, building the strong foundation upon which Qikfit365 now operates. Through a combination of exercise and nutritional guidance, he and his staff of trainers teach clients how to shed pounds and tone muscle. When they aren't helping exercisers chisel façades or rehabilitate sinews, they offer sports-specific training for high-school football players, casual golfers, and competitive sitters.