Certified trainer and W.O.W. Fitness founder Kameelah Harris was never into athletics. But she did want to live a long and healthy life, so she enlisted the services of a personal trainer. The transformation she witnessed was beyond anything she ever imagined. It was this intense personal experience that opened her eyes to a greater social epidemic: obesity. That?s when she decided to begin her war on excess weight, and W.O.W. was born.
Kameelah?s fitness programs emphasize functional strength training with a focus on proper form and stability. These principles are carried out in personal-training sessions and Zumba classes performed with a host of free weights, stability balls, ellipticals, and heavy bagpipes. In addition to fitness training, Kameelah and her team assist students with diet plans and lifestyle coaching.
Inside West Little Rock CrossFit, bodies relearn how to move. The certified CrossFit trainers gear the routines not toward building bulky muscles, but creating natural motion: drills train clients to bend, lift, and perform just as they should at work or at home. Shunning industrial machinery, the workout of the day keeps guests engaged with free weights, medicine balls, and other functional tools, and blends core-strengthening drills with weightlifting moves such as squats, cleans, and presses. Trainers scale every routine to each client's ability, creating a supportive environment that welcomes everyone from athletes and firefighters to the everyday folks thrown over their shoulders.
The teachers at Poser Yoga Studio have at least one thing in common: an unwavering love of yoga. From Barkan and hot-yoga masters to Hatha practitioners with more than a decade of teaching experience, the studio's yoga elite is flexible when it comes to the styles preferred by the students. The class schedule reflects flow, Hatha, and hot-yoga sessions suitable for kids, adults, or dogs with a circus background. The staff also maintains a nontraditional atmosphere at the studio, with music ranging from dubstep to disco during workouts, and a fun-first attitude that focuses on both the physical and mental side of yoga.
With more than 10,000 pounds of free weights, brand-name equipment, top-notch entertainment systems, tanning beds, spacious locker rooms, and extended hours, Chenal Health & Fitness—which has been featured on KATV—provides customers with everything they need to get fit or survive a zombie apocalypse. Rows of cardio and weight machines occupy huge rooms with flat-screen televisions and lime-green or bright-blue walls. In the cardio theater, patrons burn calories and build muscle on treadmills, elliptical trainers, or stationary bikes as they watch new releases in high-definition on a 120-inch screen with surround sound.
Arkansas Body Mechanics is an exclusive gym and wellness center that helps its clients maintain a healthy body and lifestyle by combining fitness programs with massage and stretching treatments. At this 24/7 gym, certified personal trainers offer one-on-one training and group fitness classes such as boot camp, Zumba, yoga, step, and Core Crunch. Members also have unlimited access to the onsite cardio machines, free weights, and strength-training equipment in the spacious workout area. After working up a sweat, clients can head to the private massage area, where an experienced therapist can loosen tight muscles and help stretch out any sore vestigial tails.
Brandon Mazander learned in the military a myriad of ways to keep fit, while Celestee Wilson acquired expert knowledge through her years as a college volleyball player and her masters degree in kinesiology. Together they co-own BAM CrossFit and lead training sessions that focus on high-intensity exercises using functional movements such as lifting, pulling, and waving away pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving. Mixing up routines to keep disinterest at bay, their classes work out all muscle groups by executing diverse exercises such as gymnastics, weightlifting, and rope climbing.