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 or boxing defibrillators.
In Motion Fitness builds comprehensive programs to inject clients straight into the beating heart of their fitness goals. Its staggering roster of services surrounds pain, obesity, high cholesterol, and other blights on good health and attacks them from all angles with physical training, online nutrition programs, exercise-program prescriptions, and scientifically calibrated fitness assessments. Although the entire staff holds physical-education degrees and licenses, their wildly divergent backgrounds range from arena-football coaching to zoology, and they bring their unique perspectives into personal training, group fitness classes, physical therapy, and massage. The staff's exercise philosophy combines the principles of corrective exercise with traditional methods such as pushups or dodging meteors to create regimens that not only make the body stronger but do it safely and scientifically.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
With an extensive background in tae kwon do, Lance Farrell knows how to take down opponents. Fortunately, his experience as an instructor helps him teach others to do the same. At Farrell's U.S. Martial Arts & Fitness, students of all ability levels immerse themselves in the world of Korea's most famous martial art, mastering graceful kicks and strikes while internalizing tenets such as courtesy, integrity, and self-control. Along the way, they also learn valuable self-defense skills, strengthen muscles and minds, and even hone leadership abilities through in-class cooperation. All of this training doesn't go unnoticed; students who show promise and progress may find themselves on the path towards life as one of the school's black belts.
Lisa Chappelle, known as Sati to her students and the yogis who taught her, opened Lahiri Yoga Center as an extension of her passion for yoga. In addition to earning a 500-hour teaching certification through Yoga Alliance, she logged more than 1,200 hours of traditional study and has even trained others to become instructors in their own right. She, and her staff, teach eight kinds of yoga classes tailored to all skill levels, with some sessions modified specifically for the elderly or injured. They also make extensive use of the teaching of Joseph Pilates, conduct mat exercise classes and using his signature apparatuses to enhance the core engagement and stretching of Pilates exercises.
If the boxing ring and punching bags don't give away GymOne's focus, the staff will. The gym's trainers include boxer and mixed-martial-arts fighter Timothy Parker, martial artist Paul Booe, and boxer Jared Robinson, a talented light welterweight who was ranked number two in his division by USA Boxing in 2008. Together, they manage an array of fitness programs for fighters and athletes alike, including boxing, boot camps, personal training, and grueling OneFit cross-training classes that are designed to improve athletic abilities such as strength and speed.