Inspired by a passion for dance that began with classical ballet lessons at the age of two, Meredith Williams took up Pilates in 2001. The graceful, core-focused discipline reminded her of the best parts of dance, and her growing enthusiasm led her to pursue her Stott Pilates certification within just a few years. Known as “Miss Motivation” to her friends, she lived up to her nickname and didn’t stop there—her success with Pilates finally led her to develop her own core-focused, quick-paced workout program, and so M Body Fitness was born.
Today, Meredith’s classes target and strengthen core muscles with innovative whole-body vibrational floors and bodyweight suspension training. After equipping her students with bosu balls that create unstable surfaces ideal for toning stomach muscles, she leads them through quick cardio bursts that liquidate fat faster than a soap company’s closing sale.
Jason of J Nichols Fitness is a mobile gym. A certified trainer with a psychology degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jason transports his workouts and the accompanying equipment to his clients. Clients then have the freedom to receive a professional-quality work out in their homes, outdoors, or at another location of their choice. For personal-training sessions, he designs a 30-minute workout for each client, which he customizes with diverse exercises based on each client’s fitness level and goals. He also specializes in small-group and boot-camp training, as well as other fitness areas such as flexibility training, sport-specific training, and nutrition and meal planning.
With a new location at Folly Rd., Barre Evolution Method helps guests in a safe and fast way to tone their arms, thighs, glutes, and abs as well as lift seats with exercises using a ballet barre. Instructors are trained on a wide variety of techniques, allowing for an experience that varies with every visit. Offering classes that cater to all fitness levels, instructors focus their attention on correct posture and alignment during the low-impact workouts. Instructors provide special attention for prenatal students and students with injuries. Supervision is available at the Mt. Pleasant location for participants’ children during select classes.
Though Pure Barre is inspired by ballet, clients shouldn’t expect to hear the scores of The Nutcracker or Swan Lake at Pure Barre Charleston. Motivational music pumps through the speakers as clients use ballet barres to achieve core strength for better balance, performing isometric movements to help tone muscles, burn calories, and lift the seat. The movements are designed to protect the joints as they strengthen and elongate the muscles, and they can improve tone in the abs, buttocks, hips, and arms.
ACE-certified trainer Lisa devotes herself to helping clients conquer fitness goals through personal training sessions and boot camp classes. She demonstrates her enthusiasm for fitness during personal training sessions by designing individual fitness programs tailored to each client, based on their goals and the results of a body composition assessment. Similarly, boot camps keep chests heaving through cardio regimens blended with Crossfit training, interval exercises, and resistance workouts.
At FitnessBOOM LLC, Tom Malvich preaches a holistic path toward fitness based on small, incremental changes. Clients learn to shape and tone their entire body using a mixture of free weights, resistance balls, and stabilizing exercises that build dynamic core strength while improving flexibility. Tom and his staff specialize in transforming older, baby-boomer clients through a progressive series of exercises, and a supportive fitness environment.