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.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
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.
Stephen Box knows firsthand why fitness is important. He also knows how to achieve it. In 2010, he was 245 pounds, and his body fat was 40%. His doctor diagnosed him as pre-diabetic. By 2011, however, he had shed 70 pounds and was an ISSA-certified personal trainer. He did it by developing an effective method of constantly varied functional movements. He also relied on discipline, mindset training, and a healthy diet. Today at Get Slim Fitness, he wants to help others overcome similar obstacles and stay fit for the good of their overall health. He and the other trainers at Get Slim Fitness achieve this by teaching the system which mixes elements of body-weight conditioning, free-weight training, martial arts, and track and field. It's a big mixed bag of exercises, but each trains specific muscles and enhances different skills. The exercises combine for full-body toning while enhancing strength, speed, and agility. The staff at Get Slim Fitness further assist their members by giving them online nutrition plans and onsite seminars.