Voted Lexington’s Best Personal Training by Lexington Life Magazine in 2011, Bodyshop Athletics elevates muscles to a higher plane of buffdom and strengthens the core with repetitive, weight-bearing training exercises. Created by a former Marine, Bodyshop Athletics uses the Marines-inspired mud-run training method, where fitness-fitters run elaborate obstacle courses through nature’s unforgiving slop. In addition, varied workouts consisting of free weights, jump roping, sit-ups, and more will enhance runners’ speed, endurance, strength, and agility. Sessions can occur either inside or outside depending on the weather. This deal is valid toward four sessions, which must take place within 30 days of one another.
Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions. At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 12 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
CrossFit 4 Everyone’s head trainers and co-owners Julie and Joshua Miller are no strangers to intense workouts. Julie swam competitively for 13 years and Joshua is a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu and winner of several international competitions. As teachers of the CrossFit fitness methodology, they bring their commitment and experience to workouts. Instead of sport-specific activities, students build strength and agility through nontraditional exercises such as gymnastics rings, flipping giant tires, throwing medicine balls, and weightlifting. Workouts are super intense, but typically only last 20 minutes. In addition to the CrossFit regimen, Crossfit 4 Everyone also has a rock wall and offers hot-yoga classes.
At CrossFit Augusta, located inside Quantum Academy, seeing people give it their all is the standard, not the exception. It’s not uncommon to see someone hop onto a pull-up bar, rapidly perform a number of kipping pull-ups, drop down, walk over to a barbell, rapidly perform a number of front squats, return to the pull-up bar, and repeat the cycle. The exhausting series of exercises is typical among CrossFit’s workout of the day, because it uses functional movements, such as squatting, pushing, pulling, and waving hello to strangers. Yet a friendly, inviting atmosphere is maintained throughout, which helps those getting back into fitness find their groove. A seasoned staff of CrossFit coaches is always on hand to assist members in maintaining proper form and staying motivated.
Quantum Fitness may span 40,000 square feet, but there's barely an inch to spare. That's because 100 cardio machines—each equipped with a TV—occupy a good portion of it. And then there are the areas dedicated to group fitness classes such as yoga and spinning. Plus, set-apart rooms hold the nursery and childcare spaces, steam room and sauna, and executive locker rooms with massage chairs and pool tables.
Owned and operated by a family for families, Belle and Beau Fitness has something for everyone in the brood. Their private facility hosts more than 10 small-group classes for grown-ups, which range from yoga to African dance. Meanwhile, youngsters can cultivate healthy habits in fun fitness and dance classes designed just for them, such as Zumbatomics or kiddie boot camp.