Lex Fitness owner and exercise physiologist Jeff Brown does more than merely lead a class or workout session. With over 12 years of experience under his belt, he and a trio of trainers motivate clients who want transform their lives outside the gym, adopting healthier lifestyles with next-level exercise regimens and good-nutrition. During the complimentary initial consultation with a trainer, clients divulge their fitness goals, from losing weight to defeating a cheetah in a foot race. The trainers then evaluate the client’s medical history and scope out physical terrains with body-fat testing, measurements, and cardio and strength tests. Clients then tackle a fitness plan tailored to their specific needs, building muscles with free weights and strength-training equipment, carving lean physiques in boot-camp classes, and torching calories on cardio machines backed by flat-screen TVs.
All classes take place at a new exercise studio, open seven days a week. With over 20 classes taking place a week at all times of the day, each session involves high-intensity cardio and strength workouts from college-educated trainers. Exercises include lunging, jumping, sprinting, and push-ups.
At The Coliseum Fitness, multi-certified personal trainer Dwayne Carr combines a degree in exercise science and 25 years of industry experience to help people reach their body-sculpting goals. The workout expert has developed a hybrid boot-camp style that can burn well over 1,000 calories per class and continue to rev the metabolism for days, incorporating resistance and cardiovascular training with balancing, isolateral, and explosive movements. Carr and his team motivate exercisers during morning and evening classes seven days a week, accommodating the schedules of both nine-to-fivers and people who work the graveyard shift braiding fibers at the jump-rope factory.
A stronger swing; a longer stride; a more powerful throw. The high-intensity fitness experts at The Lexington HIT Center empower their clients to achieve these goals and more with the HIT FIT program. After administering various fitness tests, trainers craft a personalized plan for each person, taking into account their innate physical limitations, current state of health, lifestyle, and goals. Then, over the course of six weeks, trainers use methods culled from science and sports to propel clients from their starting point to the peak of personal fitness.
When not playing with her three grandchildren, Angela Barnhill is a competitive bodybuilder and the owner of Personal Best. With more than 20 years of experience as an instructor and personal trainer, Angela channels her considerable fitness and nutrition knowledge into helping her clients achieve their goals and lead long, healthy lives. In addition to personal and paired training, she and her staff lead boot-camp and kettlebell classes—both high-intensity interval-training classes. They round out fitness regimens with yoga and Pilates to stretch physiques, strengthen cores, and help guests improve their Gumby impersonations. They can also supplement workouts by helping clients map out detailed meal plans and form nutritious eating habits.
Classes are held inside GymTyme All-Stars on Eastgate Parkway (Monday–Friday at 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., Saturday at 8:30 a.m.) and Fitness Factory on Breckenridge Lane (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m.).
The sledgehammer slams the earth with a resounding thud before being discarded for a game of toss-back with a medicine ball. Such training methods are but a small slice of the workout routine possibilities at Black Label CrossFit. CrossFit—an innovative strengthening and conditioning program that veers away from using traditional muscle-training apparatuses—has even gained popularity among the training programs of police academies, military special-operations units, and high-profile federal agents who yearn to get better at hopscotch.
On any given day, the training team provides students with new routines based on a combination of Olympic sports, gymnastics activities, and metabolic conditioning that may include moves such as sprinting with barbells, pull-ups, or inverted rowing. By changing things up all the time, trainers hope to inspire participants to remain engaged and feel challenged to always bring their best effort to improving their health and wellness. Each session is also timed and scored, encouraging students to keep aiming higher.
Results by Design Fitness whips members into shape with boot-camp classes that blend personal attention, careful guidance, and custom fitness plans. After a fitness assessment by a trained staff member, campers can attend an unlimited number of 45-minute indoor sessions within a month. The motivating coaches design the intense, varied workouts to help students increase strength, stamina, and the ability to brag to sedentary and athletic friends alike. Held at 6:15 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, classes are limited to 15 participants to ensure focused attention and eliminate 16th wheels.