After ending his NFL career, former professional football player Cam Newton, who played for the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, decided to feed his passion for athletics by opening his own private training studio, Core Fit 360. His gym abounds with cardio and strength-training equipment, along with a full basketball court and 40-yard football field. Within spacious private training studios, Newton and his staff of certified trainers and professional athletes captain boot camps, personal-training sessions, and an exclusive sports-training program for aspiring athletes as young as 8. Unlike running on monotonous cardio machines or constantly carrying frozen turkeys up and down the grocery aisle, clients perform workouts that vary each day to prevent boredom and fitness plateaus.
Before Dez White donned the whistle and clipboard of a fitness instructor, he was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears and the Atlanta Falcons. After years on the field, Dez added an ISSA personal-training certification to his accomplishments and founded The Body Firm Atlanta, where he builds challenging, constantly varied workouts for all skill levels. Dez and his staff of fellow trainers conduct classes in local parks and shopping malls, allowing participants to admire trees and bench-press mannequins as they pursue their fitness goals. The staff motivates its students by tracking their measurements and progress throughout the course.
Throughout the week, Knockout CrossFit?s 14,000-square-foot facility is outfitted with heavy bags, padded floors, and a raised boxing ring, and abuzz with the clatter of weights and kettlebells and the raspy chorus of patrons striving intensely toward fitness goals. For more than a decade the staff has trained fighters in martial art styles such as Brazilian jiujitsu, while a crew of instructors certified by CrossFit leads adults of all levels of fitness through CrossFit classes and boot-camp sessions. After helping groups loosen up with stretching exercise, CrossFit instructors lead students through the system's signature workout of the day, an ever-changing exercise that is scaled to each participant's fitness level. The hour-long classes include a warm-up, skill-development segment, high-intensity workout of the day (WOD), and a period of individual or group sessions. All WOD results are logged in a system called Wodify that helps participants track progress; it also encourages members to compete against each other for results. All classes ultimately prepare participants for any fitness level with varying workouts.
Their hardcore bootcamp classes boost heart rates and core strength with a regimen of modified interval training dedicated to increasing both power and agility. Bootcamps, which utilize 30 minutes of intense cardio, incorporate both body weight and light weight movements, and are wrapped up with 15 minutes of core work. The trainers also help youth bolster speed, conditioning, and techniques in an athletic program. In lieu of monotonous cardio machines, each course works with the facility?s abundance of ropes, rings, free weights, and kettlebells, and the open floor leaves ample space for running, jumping, and gesturing how big you want your muscles to be.
For Chaunda Walls, weight gain was a slow, sneaky process. In college, she gained the freshman 15, and then she put on some weight after having each of her three children. She stopped exercising, started eating poorly, and soon found herself tipping the scales at 227 pounds. Despite all of this, it took a warning about her increasing blood pressure from her doctor for Chaunda to decide to take her life back.
To lose weight and reclaim her health, she would have to slowly alter her lifestyle. She shifted her diet to center on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. She began to exercise, first by walking on the treadmill, then by adding weight training, and finally by bench-pressing the treadmill. Gradually and with an emphasis on long-term health over quick results, Chaunda felt less like someone on a diet and more like someone with a new way of life. Her transformation was featured in Oxygen Magazine.
Today, Chaunda is owner and head trainer at The Bella Fitness Group, where she helps others feel healthy, energetic, and lean. With other trainers at Bella Fitness Group, she leads boot camps, Zumba, and other group-fitness classes. She even dispatches her personal trainers right to clients? houses. Those hoping to jump-start their weight loss can request a pantry makeover to reform their eating habits.
Getting into shape typically requires a significant lifestyle change, something Gwinnett County Adventure Boot Camp's owner Montrell Wallace knows all about. He had been working as an electrical engineer for nearly four years when he decided to become a fitness instructor. His degree and years of schooling surely made the decision difficult, but he was committed to his passion, ultimately becoming an NSCA-certified personal trainer and an NESTA-certified adventure boot-camp trainer with specialties such as women's weight loss.
At Gwinnett County Adventure Boot Camp, he and his team of supportive coaches secure a fun and noncompetitive environment where students can make significant lifestyle changes of their own. Wallace and company's outdoor boot camps blend core exercises, sprints, jump roping, hiking, and obstacle courses into one constantly changing workout that is designed for all fitness levels. In addition to toning torsos and turning abs into tic-tac-toe boards, they also offer nutritional counseling.
Helmed by personal trainer Marquis Wright and certified nutritionist Tonya Khan-Wright, KickAbs! Sponsored by Sculpting Results LLC takes a multipronged approach to well-being. At their fitness studio, the team hosts CrossFit classes, personal training sessions, group workouts, as well as BMI and body-fat measurements, helping clients to bvreak past personal fitness goals with individualized workout plans. Through the KickAbs! training method, fitness experts lead students through a series of exercises that use isolated movements and natural body-weight resistance to target and strengthen abdominal and core muscle groups. Everyday people as well as professional athletes have slimmed down and toned up with the KickAbs! program, resulting in rippling stomach muscles suitable for washing clothes or grating cheese.