When Ed Norice left the United States Navy in search of a new career, he found fresh enemies to battle domestically: obesity and heart disease. He started Impressive Fitness The Jungle to combat these illnesses and give his fellow citizens a path towards healthy lifestyles.
Norice and his two instructors, Aubree and Rodney, draw from a vast repertoire of exercise styles to wage their war. TRX resistance bands force the muscles of the body to work in concert and strengthen the body from head to toe. Martial-arts skills lend a practical edge to every workout, increasing endurance and arming students with basic self-defense techniques. Outside of group classes, the trio offers personal training and nutritional consultation to help prevent clients from making unhealthy choices in their diet, such as eating a whole birthday cake and then eating the cake’s candles.
Students should bring: Towels
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Get ready to have fun and sweat.
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Since Paramount Strength & Conditioning opened in 2012, they have focused on training everyone as if they were a competitive lifter, regardless of their experience. Owner Christian Washington began building Paramount?s strength-training philosophy while serving overseas in a Navy response team, which is to give students the individual attention needed to accomplish their goals in a laid-back atmosphere. "We know that not everyone wants to be a world record holder," says Christian, "but we will give everyone just as much attention as the most elite guy here." To be sure students learn the finer points of squats, deadlifts, and the snatch?but the small class sizes and the presence of trainers willing to lend a hand help clients of all abilities to effectively reach their goals in a more relaxed atmosphere. "We genuinely care about our folks here," Christian emphasizes, "they're our family and we succeed when they succeed."