Devan Kline was a pitcher in the minor leagues for the San Francisco Giants, focusing his attention on making it to the majors when another career opportunity blindsided him. In the summers of 2009 and 2010, he began helping Vanessa?the mother of the host family he lived with during home games?train to get back on shape. Devan witnessed firsthand her rapid transformation as she lost 45 pounds, and he saw the positive impact it had on her and her family's lives. The grateful clan told Devan that his time with them had changed their lives, and it?s then that he knew he wanted to dedicate himself to helping others in the same way. That?s when he founded Burn Boot Camp.
Now, Devan?with the help of a coterie of trainers?conducts indoor boot camps in six locations, using exercises that Devan himself used to get into shape during his days as a professional athlete. The team supplements those regimens with loads of body-weight-resistance training and heart-pounding cardio drills that include sprinting short distances.
The coaching staff at D1?which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers?refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
In addition to conquering triathlons, Regina Gunn has put her athletic prowess to use transforming college-level football, tennis, and soccer athletes into optimum versions of themselves, earning herself a feature in July 2009?s issue of Shape magazine, according to staff. She eventually founded Gunn?s Fitness with Air Force Staff Sergeant Kevin Ardnt to bring her fitness expertise to the public. The duo draws from military conditioning techniques and athlete-level speed and strength-training programs, boiling these complex sciences down into one-hour sessions. They work in a vast facility lined with free weights, dumbbells, state-of-the-art strength machines, and giant exercise balls pilfered from the toy chests of Brobdingnagian toddlers.
At Vital Yoga Center the relaxed ambiance of the spacious one-room studio helps promote the studio's mission statement: vitality, serenity, and community. A boutique area stocked with bracelets, artwork, and yoga gear opens up to a polished wooden floor, where the the staff of experienced instructors lead students. Though they focus on Vinyasa yoga, they also offer basic classes for beginners, power yoga, long slow deep yoga, gentle yoga, and meditation. Classes are offered throughout the day to accommodate busy schedules.
CrossFit Stallings offers workouts based on functional movements and open to all fitness levels. During any given workout, coaches guide members through dead lifts and squats, push-ups, gymnastics dips, rope climbs, kettlebell swings, and sprints. By easily adjusting the weights, reps, and intensity, coaches make sure each person is equally challenged. The custom routines benefit classes filled with seasoned athletes and fitness newbies, and special CrossFit classes focus on working out teens and kids as young as age 3.
At 9Round Fitness & Kickboxing, the boxing and kickboxing workouts are short and sweet—to complete a bout of 9Round circuit training, members simply traverse nine stations in 30 minutes. Each station's exercise changes daily to prevent workout boredom, but the lineup often includes jump roping, speed-bag work, and other boxing-gym staples that emphasize core strength and endurance. To accommodate busy members, the trainers don't enforce specific class times; instead, they simply start a new circuit every three minutes.