At Real Results Fitness, the end goal is health and strength. To work towards that, though, trainers keep in mind every patron's abilities. Students work in groups with others of the same skill and fitness level and keep instructors appraised of any limitations or previous injuries. Those instructors include a skilled trainer and a 20-year veteran of the industry.
They'll put to use the gym's equipment, which ranges from tires and heavy bags to stationary bikes and weight machines. Almost as important as all that gear is a range of meal plans and supplements, which can help with health goals even away from the gym and let patrons recover from classes. Those classes might include circuit training, which keeps all muscles working with ever-changing routines, or stretching sessions, which can help build flexibility and prevent strains.
After a lifetime of martial arts, rock climbing, snowboarding, and biking, Jake Soteros discovered one system that prepares him for all kinds of intense activities. That’s CrossFit’s system of varied functional-movement exercises designed to enhance performance in every kind of physical enterprise, from scaling a boulder to carrying a bag of dog food. So, he opened Free Style CrossFit to teach others the effective method that also promotes healthy diets and lifestyles. He also appreciates CrossFit for its scalability, easing the uninitiated into the system with a seven-session intro program before unleashing them into the high-intensity routine of ever-changing daily workouts.
The trainers at New Life Fitness Training know that most fitness programs fail. They're often one-size-fits-all or overly focused on physical fitness. Though the New Life program incorporates three workouts per week, it also prioritizes a weekly health and wellness class, dubbed "the most important portion of the program." In between sweat sessions, clients learn healthy eating habits and attitudes and develop personal caloric plans.
Designed and led by Christopher Wagemann, a former drill instructor for the army, and Carly Gerstel, a yoga expert, New Life's programs also emphasize mental wellness. Most plans include relaxing weekly yoga classes and practical-application sessions involving nature hikes and one-on-one therapy sessions with trained squirrels. To make the health and wellness programs more convenient for parents, Kim Retting—the on-staff childcare professional with a degree in psychology—leads childcare sessions that also incorporate light activities.
It might come as no surprise that a professional bodybuilder-turned-personal-trainer would name his fitness venture More Pain Please, but Michael Harris doesn't just mean physical pain. He believes that a truly effective fitness regimen addresses the mind as well as the body. To achieve this, he custom molds fitness regimens to an array of body types and lifestyles, always keeping the client's fitness goals in mind. He implements these plans inside the Las Vegas Athletic Club's modern facilities—but if clients prefer a more natural environment, he can also schedule sessions amid the greenery of local parks. Michael Harris is also certified in First Aid and CPR, ensuring he can get clients safely through their workouts.
Yoga instructor Ala didn't settle for completing a 200-hour training program—soon after, she leapt into studying the more mystical arts of theta- and crystal-healing. Her partner Dennis, meanwhile, spent more than a decade honing his skills and expertise as a personal trainer. Though it may seem unlikely, they've found a way to bring these disparate skills together. As the founders of Ignite Your DNA, they specialize in a blend of fitness training and holistic healing. Dennis leads one-on-one and small-group workout sessions, while Ala gently guides her clients through basic yoga poses. Additionally, essential-oil aromatherapy sessions, tarot-card readings, and meditation coaching work to ease troubled minds, including ones who've seen the episode of Frasier where Niles turns evil. In their mission to help clients help themselves, Dennis and Ala are flexible: they can conduct their services at a nearby gym or in the privacy of a client's home.