For Fusion Bodyworks’ owner, Jody Manofsky, true fitness is all about balance. She should know—her 15-year career has included stints as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer, as well as work as both a massage and chiropractic rehab therapist. Her career took another turn in 2006, when she discovered yoga. Enamored with the practice’s ability to relax her mind and strengthen her body, she trained to become a certified instructor so that she could add it to the cadre of tools she uses to help others find similar balance in their own lives.
Today at Fusion Bodyworks, Jody blends each aspect of her background as she works with clients not only to improve their fitness, but also to map out their goals and find the best route to getting them there. That route can include anything from personal training and nutrition counseling to regular massage, which can help speed recovery following a strenuous workout or injury. In addition to taking on individual clients, Fusion Bodyworks offers corporate services and can bring classes, workshops, or personal-training skills to employees in any office or aboard any shrimp boat.
Trainer and Fuse Fitness Studio founder Jason Zawodniak strives to help his patrons overcome their mental and physical obstacles to looking and feeling awesome. His high-intensity express workouts motivate beginners to sculpt lean physiques and fuel fitness diehards with the fire to blast past their fitness plateaus. Although they offer co-ed programs, Zawodniak and his team of nationally certified trainers specialize in women's fitness. Their programs help gals burn fat and build muscle in intensive group fitness classes paired with one-on-one training sessions, which are customized to each individual's goals and needs. In addition to exercise sessions, Jason and his staff keep students on the path to chiseled physiques with ongoing nutritional support, regular fitness seminars, and at-home motivation through emails, phone calls, and telepathy.
Highly educated trainers—each of whom has a bachelor's or master's degree in exercise science—help clients at bodyXchange fitness tone their bodies and transform their lifestyles with nutrition and exercise programs. Rows of dumbbells weighing 5–135 pounds ring the walls of the 5,000-square-foot gym, where members can swing kettlebells, push sleds, or struggle with a 550-pound tractor tire as well as pumping iron on more conventional Hammer Strength and Icarian strength-training machines. Life Fitness treadmills, stationary bikes, and other cardio equipment populate a separate theater, where wall-hung plasma TVs keep minds busy as bodies sweat and mouths hum the theme to Chariots of Fire.
Trainer Reggie Dulaney grew up watching the 1980s animated classic ThunderCats. He dreamed of having the same rippled physique as his cartoon role model, the burly-yet-brilliant warrior Panthro, so he took up weightlifting and never looked back. He opened Panthro Fitness, which he named for his favorite cartoon character. Today, he runs a series of boot-camp classes that help clients shed fat and gain muscle mass. Knowing that fitness is a lifestyle choice rather than something you do once a day, he also offers nutritional counseling with personalized meal plans.
Lifelong athlete Scott Umberger's love for fitness developed while he was working toward a Division I scholarship to Robert Morris University, where he competed in track and football. After going on to train award-winning and Olympic athletes, he decided to open his own gym, and paired up with Pepsi Hutton. Pepsi relies heavily on fitness to feel good as she battles cystic fibrosis, which ultimately led her to become an AFAA-certified personal trainer and kinesiology professor to help others learn how to feel good. Together at Fusion Workouts, they helm a team of certified trainers who strive to help clients of all abilities reach their fitness goals at their own pace.
With a functional approach to fitness, they draw from boot-camp classes, personal-training sessions, and circuit training to develop their ever-changing total-body workouts. They motivate their charges to slim their waistlines and boost their strength by swinging kettlebells, hurling sandbags, and flipping tires end over end until they agree to go back and chase their true passion—life on the road. Taking into account each client's health and fitness history, they customize each exercise to accommodate beginners, seasoned athletes, and new mothers alike.