Ali True has been an All-American lacrosse goalie, trained Dolph Lundgren, earned a degree in kinesiology, and received Baltimore magazine’s 2009 Best Personal Trainer award. No amount of accolades, however, can replace her passion for educating and training others to lead healthy, fitness-friendly lives. To this end, she left behind her days of celebrity-sculpting to open True Balance Studio, a facility that welcomes students of all levels of health and fame.
Neat rows of black kettlebells sit in front of mirrored walls until one-hour classes fill the gym with grunts of effort and the whistles of kettlebells about to boil over. Standard strength machines sit beside flexibility-boosting climbing frames or gymnastics-style rings suspended from the ceiling. Oscillating between the classrooms and the gym floor, Ali and her trainers coach their clients on cardio equipment, offer nutritional advice, or coax one last rep from straining muscles.
For nearly 35 years, Chevy Chase Athletic Club has focused the energies of its diversified staff—made up of degreed exercise physiologists, certified trainers, and an onsite physical therapist—on crafting a supportive gym environment for patrons of all ages and abilities. Strength and cardio equipment welcome solo workouts with individual televisions, and personal trainers assist improvement by charting custom plans. More than 30 group exercise classes per week blend mainstream favorites, such as Zumba and boot camp, with fresh options such as fit-ball dance, which pairs students with stability balls as they step to invigorating choreography.
When it comes to athleticism, natural talent only plays a partial role, according to the trainers at Adrenaline Performance Training. They believe that a solid work ethic can bridge the gap between innate ability and champion-level performance. That's why they fight so hard to build a solid foundation of strength, speed, agility, and stamina in each of their athletes. They do this through personal training sessions that include body weight training, nutritional guidance, and cardio and strength training, along with athletic performance training, which is focused on specific sports like golf, football, and baseball.
Brian Johnson puts the "personal" in personal trainer. Yes, the fitness expert works one-on-one with clients to reach their fitness goals, but he's also willing to meet them at their homes, create fitness plans for the whole family, weed out pantries, and plan meals that rely on more fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer photos torn from the Sunday produce-market circular. Alongside these individual lifestyle services, he also summons the power of group camaraderie in boot camp classes, which eschew complicated equipment for taxing, quick-change combinations of jumping jacks, pushups, crunches, and other movements.
Fists fly and reflexes fire at Xtreme Mpact. Though its name has changed (from Macon's Karate and Fitness), the academy still upholds the principles that have brought its students success since 1988. Instructors specialize in American kenpo. This brand of karate is characterized by the blending of Eastern and Western traditions, meaning it's similar to original karate but with far more post-tournament apple pie. Black-belt-clad instructors impart their knowledge of Kenpo to students of all stripes, from toddlers in Little Dragons classes to experienced trainees in the Black Belt Club.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to losing weight and learning to live a healthier lifestyle. Effective regimens hinge upon a combination of medical insight, professional guidance and encouragement, and continuing education. Above all else, real-life change stems from a steadfast commitment to making changes and adjustments. All of these factors are taken into account by the professionals at Medifast Weight Control Centers, who use the most current understanding of weight-loss techniques to design personalized programs that complement individual needs and goals.
Going beyond traditional BMI measurements, the centers' technicians use Biospace InBody technology to obtain a detailed assessment of body composition, including muscle mass, body-fat percentage, water balance, and muscular development throughout the torso and limbs. Based on these data, the staff members are able to design a program that emphasizes the importance of a proper diet. These programs typically involve recommendations from the 70 available physician-developed meals, which are easy-to-prepare dishes that feature balanced servings of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll.
The meal regimens also aim to alter eating habits by encouraging clients to eat smaller portions at regular times throughout the day, controlling the cravings that can lead to overeating. Throughout each program, professional counselors will routinely meet with clients to ensure that they remain motivated and on-course.