Driven by a passion for exercise science, ISSA-certified personal trainer Royal C Ramseur combines tenets of physical therapy, nutrition counseling, and high-intensity interval training in his classes and sessions. As the owner of EMPOWERED Bootcamps & Fitness, he also leads a team of experienced trainers who use motivational speech and a bit of tough love to encourage students in the military-style boot-camps. Each session blends resistance exercises—such as pull-ups and squats—with cardio training, such as sprints and plyometrics, all conducted in high-speed intervals. Royal and his team also tailor fitness regimens for individuals in personal training sessions. Regardless of their exact makeup, each of these workouts combine traditional and state-of-the-art exercises to boost endurance and overall health.
The certified personal trainers at ASCENT Gym help clients achieve their fitness goals by following the gym’s acronym: Acceleration, Strength, Concentrated muscle growth, Explosive movements, Nutrition, and Testing. Small group classes are geared toward each of the six methods to help people lose weight and increase muscle mass and endurance. Once a month, participants undergo testing to track their progress, and a registered dietician creates nutritional challenges that individuals can tackle.
When Jon Hinds was designing Monkey Bar Gym, he drew inspiration from the playground to create a unique type of exercise that focuses on full-body workouts. The fitness regimen at the gym combines six simple skills learned as a child: running, jumping, crawling, climbing, rolling, and reacting. Jon Hinds and the certified trainers at Monkey Bar Gym have combined these principles into a high-intensity routine that was featured on Fox 6 news and in fitness publications such as Men’s Fitness magazine. “The workouts are intense, but you won’t see any training partners screaming their buddies through forced reps here,” says a reporter from Muscle & Fitness who visited the gym. “The challenges come in making the exercises as efficient as possible and constantly working to a higher level of skill and movement.”
At MBG Milwaukee, sunlight filters in to a fitness studio that resembles an industrial loft, and a set of monkey bars looms in the center of the room. Trainers Jeffrey Winzenried and April Miles helm the classes, walking students through boot-camp, yoga, and strength classes that focus on movements people make every day. Moves vary, but students can often be found doing pushups, pull-ups, resistance-band training, heavy-rope training, and gymnastics-inspired moves on suspended rings. Personal training sets patrons on the quickest path toward fitness goals, and staff at the gym also provides advice for healthy plant-based diets.
At Ellipse Fitness, the only pieces of machinery that you operate are the levers, pulleys, and ball-and-socket mechanisms of your own skeleton. The gyms abstain from treadmills and bikes in favor of a full class schedule and a cooperative group atmosphere. With 35 or more lessons scheduled per week, certified instructors guide students of all experience levels through an ever-changing line-up of strength and cardio drills. These routines incorporate tools such as resistance bands, TRX suspension cords, kettle bells, battling ropes, and kickboxing equipment, though the primary instrument is always the human physique.
In addition to their standard classes, the staff also hosts boot-camp sessions and seminars on mastering your metabolism. Their weight-loss programs encompass weekly check-ins, during which clients receive nutritional resources and gauge their progress by taking measurements instead of stockpiling all the food they didn't eat in a jar. Regardless of its ultimate goal, each Ellipse Fitness regimen involves personal attention and a holistic, full-body approach to wellness.
Inside a facility called the Fitness Asylum, trainers embark on a life-changing mission with clients: to get their bodies fit and help them lose weight. They call this quest Mission: Metabolism Bootcamp, and employ dozens of exercises to meet those goals. Despite the variety of activities—which could range from classic lifting and sprinting to flexibility and joint activation training—the goal remains focused and simple. By challenging different groups of muscles with high intensity interval training, the body is encouraged to increase its appetite for energy and calorie-burning. Each boot camp stretches over a three-week period, increasing in intensity with every meeting. Campers who pursue several sessions in a row get a one-week rest between each session to keep their bodies healthy and to prevent the free weights from getting too dizzy.