The coaches at XCEL Sports Science & Fitness mold aspiring athletes into all-star players with some of the same training regimens they provide to sports professionals. In their 11,000-square-foot facility, the team hosts camps and one-on-one sessions that help athletes gain the speed and conditioning they need to rise above their competition. The encouraging staff helps develop muscles with tools that can include anything from free weights and medicine balls to tractor tires and sledgehammers. Athletes can also work on the fundamentals for their individual sport, whether it be football, baseball, or running. The center’s adult fitness classes keep bodies fit with intense, boot-camp-style workouts tailored to each participant’s fitness level.
Rebecca Noland believes women should support each other, which is one of the reasons she founded Lexington Live Fit. Rebecca understands the daily struggles of women because she has experienced them herself, from body-image issues and dietary pressure to the stress that comes along with everyday life. At Lexington Live Fit, she designs short workouts that harness the philosophy of Tabata circuit training—performing high-intensity exercises with short periods of rest in between. The workouts typically last 20 minutes and can help burn calories while also boosting metabolism.
The team of certified instructors at Flex Fitness draws on experience accumulated in sports-science programs and years of physical training. Slow exhalations drift from rooms, where groups of 15 students move through yoga poses, bolstering core strength and flexibility. Zumba and boot-camp classes torch calories, and certified personal trainers help individuals shape their bodies during one-on-one sessions. The private workouts take place in the studio or at a client’s house, place of business, or storage room full of phonebooks that need to be torn in half.
At Surfset Fitness, you can develop the lean, toned body of a surfer without ever leaving dry land. Surfing fitness classes feature full-body exercises performed atop a board and using the same moves you’d employ while catching waves. Students build muscle by paddling with resistance bands and doing pushups on the board, which dips and bends to simulate the motion of the ocean. This helps to activate stabilizing core muscles and assists in the perfection of Frankie Avalon impressions.
Jill Johnson's lengthy list of job titles includes registered nurse, personal trainer, licensed Zumba instructor, and Pilates teacher, to name just a few. As the owner of Lexington Pilates, she regularly proves her mastery of exercise at Zumba and Pilates classes. She also leads classes at requested locations throughout the city, such as aquatic exercise at local pools and lunchtime Zumba sessions at corporate offices.
Bodyfit Punch’s three classes all have one thing in common: intensity. During Punch, students swaddle fists in wraps and slip on gloves before pummeling 6-foot heavy bags nonstop. Kettle-Kombat mixes kicks and punches with fast-paced kettlebell exercises.