Before he became a certified personal trainer in 2008, Daniel Cone served in the US Army for two years in an infantry division that specializes in parachute operations. Today, he uses his military training to lead boot-camp classes and personal-fitness programs at Xtreme Fitness. The indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes incorporate weight training and a range of exercises such as lunges, jumping jacks, and shoulder dips. Daniel or another certified instructor performs individual body adjustments throughout the class and modifies exercises in order to accommodate all fitness levels. Xtreme Fitness enhances personal-fitness programs with cross training, fitness evaluations, and nutrition and lifestyle coaching. For a more relaxing workout, clients can take a morning yoga class or do pushups during a bubble bath.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.
The trainers at Transformation Fitness aren't just there to set clients loose on one-size-fits-all gym machines—their boot-camp programs and wellness advice lay the foundation for a new, sustainable lifestyle. A blend of strength, cardio, and core-toughening drills populate their camp sessions to slim down physiques of all ages and builds. Versed in exercise science and spotting techniques, the teaching team emphasizes proper form to ward off injuries. Personal training appointments and other classes, such as Zumba and kickboxing, can add variety to the workout regimen.
Sweat, however, is only one part of the fitness equation—instructors also craft realistic nutrition plans and track each client's progress with measurements, body-fat assessments, and paid treadmill informants. This all-around approach leads clients to become totally self-sufficient at setting and meeting their holistic health goals.
The trainers behind LevelUp Fitness eschew repetitive, dull workout sessions for a constantly changing routine of engaging exercises to help patrons of all fitness levels look and feel like they could wrestle an alligator into submission. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they steer patrons away from weight machines, instead challenging them with new physical tasks performed in unexpected durations. They tailor routines to each client's fitness goals, helping them trim pounds, increase muscle mass, or train for a 5K on the moon. For group sweat sessions, patrons can enlist in boot camp, in which the trainers push them toward fitness with intense, constantly varying exercise regimens focused on cardio and strength training.
Clarence L. Jorif Jr. didn't become a personal trainer just because of his passion for fitness; he wanted to make a difference in people's lives. Today, as the founder of Jorif's Functional Fitness, he enjoys watching his clients transform physically and overcome difficult mental obstacles, such as can't-do attitudes or fear of a bodybuilder showing up in every mirror. Clarence encourages clients to have fun, regardless of the rigor of their regimens. He and his team of fitness experts offer both custom personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes?packed with pushups, squats, plyometrics, and suspension training?with the goal of having a long-term impact on each client's personal health.
World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its Jacksonville Beach Boulevard location, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes, including yoga, spin, and Zumba, taught by certified trainers. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can linger at the smoothie bar to slurp up chilled energy, before retiring to steam rooms that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles.