From the outside, the fitness facility may look like a barn, but the blue turf floor and mountains of medicine balls inside tell a different story. In the spacious gym, head trainer Neil Barnhill presides over patrons playing games of catch with those medicine balls, lifting barbells, or pulling against resistance on the rowing machine. He leads small classes, providing constant positive reinforcement and motivation, unlike a pet parrot repeating all the things it heard at your roast. The ever-changing series of functional, everyday movements and exercises keep the classes interesting. Goals are customized to each member after an overall fitness assessment that measures BMI, body-fat composition, and weight before training begins. Classes move outside when the weather's nice so fitness enthusiasts can run laps, perform pull-ups, and drag tractor tires over the grass under the open sky.
Christina Amoriello is a personal trainer, a nutrition specialist, and a golf-fitness specialist. Armed with a diverse set of official wellness credentials, she leads clients through regimens that improve their health, golf swings, and dumbbell-juggling skills. Amoriello counts outdoor boot camp, one-on-one workouts, and corporate regimens among her services, and she even outfits kitchens with premade meals designed to kick-start healthy eating habits.
Energizing beats fuel each furious workout at F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp as groups move together to shave off pounds and shape stronger bodies. Certified personal trainers start fresh each day with a new workout that employs dumbbells, jump ropes, and the Lebert Equalizer to keep heart rates pumping while building muscle mass. Unlike other boot camps, the trainers motivate through positive reinforcement rather than by yelling at clients or leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on their fridges. Additionally, each energy-boosting session is held indoors, so students need not worry about sessions being canceled due to rain.
Inside the no-fluff, no-frills gym, patrons sweat their way through comprehensive group workouts. Adapted from sports including weightlifting, gymnastics, and track, CrossFit's mélange keeps the body constantly working toward change, against which muscles rebel by bulking up or turning into washboards. During each 35-minute class, both men and women build more than just muscle, as multifaceted sessions also focus on endurance, speed, balance, agility, and flexibility.
For a quick leg up on getting fit, the gym's boot-camp classes immerse students in intense, varied workouts designed to burn fat and whittle away inches quickly. Six days a week, instructors might challenge students to rope climbs, sit-ups, sprints, or kettlebell exercises, always incorporating both cardio and strength training to achieve results as quickly as possible. For those new to the gym's programs, boot camps are an ideal way to gain the strength and endurance necessary to succeed in the more intense CrossFit classes.
At Power Dance and Fitness, owner Jaimie Roberts and her instructors welcome locals to cardio-dance and fitness classes, such as Power Throw Down—a heart-pumping choreographed dance class—boot camp, and adult run conditioning. With bamboo sprung floors firmly in place, the studio promotes a high-energy atmosphere that blends fitness and fun.
Core Speed and Agility Training’s instructors have found a simple formula for athletic success: become faster and stronger than your competition. Owner Andre Williams rarely pauses to appreciate the simplicity of this formula. In fact, he seems always to be on the move. Williams designed his innovative speed-training program to enhance foot speed and cut down on race times through a series of progressive exercises. Though runners find this program effective as a means to an end, other athletes use it to complement specialized programs that isolate the muscles used in baseball, football, basketball, and other team sports.
Speaking of team sports, Core Speed and Agility Training also offers group classes that enhance speed and movement skills in a supportive, yet competitive setting. Students sweat through 60-minute workouts that combine cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises or focus on the movements associated with a particular sport. Baseball players can find further specialization in instructor John Madden’s pitching classes, which take advantage of the facility’s four indoor batting cages and legion of animatronic batboys.
Inspirit Yoga and Fitness Studio was designed to uplift both the body and spirit. Classes commence between honey-colored hardwood floors and soaring ceilings as certified instructors teach Zumba, yoga, and boot camp classes. Studio owner Ravenflower Dugandzic wanted to create a welcoming space for the community to come and learn about living a balanced lifestyle and even holds regular events and workshops at the studio. To help students along on their healthy quests, her classes include a detoxifying Hot Flow yoga class during which the heated room helps students stretch. On the other side of the spectrum, Zumba classes offer a full-body dance workout set to intense Latin rhythms. Clients can also indulge in an aromatherapy massage performed by a registered massage therapist.