Speed Weight Training Fitness Center's Michael Johnson and Paul Davis’s resumes are just as impressive as their muscles. They certainly didn’t come by their chiseled physiques over night: Johnson put in 33 years of Army service—as an Army drill sergeant and front-line soldier—and boasts a quarter century of law enforcement experience, and Davis is a decorated police deputy chief and champion bodybuilder. Drawing from their fitness-heavy backgrounds, they developed their Speed Weight Training technique in 2001, motivating students to simultaneously burn fat while building muscle through a fast-paced workout regimen.
During high-intensity boot camps for adults, Sgt. Major Johnson pushes students toward fitness and reduced waistlines with positive encouragement, never intimidating them with threats of latrine duty. The trainers work with the needs and goals of each client during personal-training sessions, measuring their potential through body-fat, endurance, and strength tests, whose results they use to draft a nutrition and exercise regimen.
The team of certified yoga instructors at Aquarian Yoga Center don't just teach their students; they also establish a community. Yogis immerse visitors of all ages and ability levels in the lifestyle, chiefly by following the tenets of yoga lifestyle. In many of the 25 classes each week, they guide students through breathing exercises and the yoga poses, pairing these exercises with meditation, and/or the beat of a gong. Major yoga styles, such as hatha yoga, and vinyasa flow, and kundalini yoga round out the offerings. Meanwhile, a packed calendar of events such as concerts, kirtan, and dance classes allow guests to explore other cultural pursuits. An on-site retail shop helps students continue their practice with goods ranging from organic healthcare products and oils to yoga clothing and books.
Inside Boone Studio, exercisers follow the lead of energetic instructors as they bend, bob, and stretch their way to stronger, more flexible physiques. During barre workouts, participants alternate exercises that build long, lean muscles with the help of body weight, weighted gloves, and resistance bands. These workouts can also take place in a room heated to 85 degrees, which helps loosen muscles, flush systems, and improve the deep isometrics and contractions of each session. The ballet barre also plays an important role in many of Boone’s other classes, helping yoga and Pilates students emphasize alignment as they bend, breathe, and grind their skateboards.
Real Body Boot Camp founder Bernadette Silva has always made time to work out. Even when while running her private psychology practice and raising three energetic kids, she developed her own high-octane workout regimen. With a blend of boxing, yoga, Pilates, and sports drills, participants burn fat and build lean, powerful muscles through fun exercises that fully engage the mind and body, unlike boring runs on the treadmill or the confusing twists and turns on stationary bikes. In addition to strengthening bodies with TRX, boot camps, yoga, and barre classes, clients build valuable self-defense skills through krav maga training under martial arts expert David Ordini.
Headbanger Fitness founder Jermaine Terry became a personal trainer in 2009, but it wasn't until he worked with one specific client that he realized his true mission as a fitness and nutritional professional. Terry helped a cancer survivor regain her strength and confidence, and through doing so, discovered a passion for using fitness to motivate and inspire. Today, he teaches a broad range of classes in disciplines such as weightlifting, boxing, and aerobic and fitness classes, all with the goal of helping clients change their lives for the better.
For the past 25 years, Starseed Yoga & Wellness has provided a space for guests to get in shape and relieve anxiety through yoga and meditation. The staff understands that starting yoga can be overwhelming, so they offer more than 25 classes each week to suit students with different levels of experience or rebellious students who refuse to salute the sun. Students can participate in vigorous Vinyasa sessions or gentle restorative yoga, or head to mind-body workshops held at different times throughout the year.