At Top Level Fitness's expansive local training studio, certified trainers propel clients of all fitness abilities toward goals such as fat loss and improved physical well being during training sessions throughout the week. The studios encourage clients to walk by monotonous exercise machines in favor of joining functional-movement workouts using unconventional tools such as kettlebells, punching bags, and suspension trainers. Drawing from a combined 15 years of experience, their personal trainers lead personal-training sessions, group-training sessions, and boot camps, while providing their students with nutritional meal plans and healthy recipes. Past clients have witnessed a 5% decrease in body fat within 30 days and a loss of three to six pounds, which is roughly equivalent to three to six goldfish if they were fed nothing but protein shakes.
Lance Farrell drew from his extensive background in tae kwon do to take down opponents in the ring for many years before he realized he could use his powers to help others combat obesity and health issues. He developed Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping to provide patrons of all fitness levels with a comfortable place in which to undergo a mental and physical transformation, much like a crushed-velvet cocoon. He stripped away the sparring and contact drills from his fighter training, leaving just the components that burn fat and build muscle.
When students sign up for a program, they're grouped into teams of peers who encourage one another through moments of weakness and provide a sense of accountability. The instructors and coaches guide these teams toward fitness on a 10-week quest based on four pillars—cardiovascular exercise to burn fat, strength training to build muscle, nutrition coaching to map out a healthy diet, and enthusiastic trainers to provide motivation. At the end of each session, each of Farrell's locations rewards a student with a $1,000 prize—or a year’s worth of high-fives—congratulating them on their dramatic physical transformation. Students who stick around and strive to get healthy over the course of a year get a shot at the $10,000 prize, though winners have reported that leading a healthier life is a greater reward than the money.
Light floods through Midwest Fit Club's floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the exercisers a healthy glow as they run on treadmills, track their heart rates on elliptical trainers, and grunt through free-weight reps. In the gym’s spacious group fitness studio, experienced trainers lead students through the flowing poses of power Vinyasa yoga, work full bodies during Fit Camp sessions, and groove through Zumba classes’ thumping global party beats. Trainers also lead one-on-one and group personal-training sessions focused on each student’s goals, whether they're beginners who’ve never exercised regularly or fitness enthusiasts who did burpees in the womb.
Former San Francisco 49er Anthony Parker knows exactly what it takes to compete and train at the highest level. That’s the experience he brings to his results-driven boot-camp classes. Participants reach new fitness goals during classes that blend NFL-style conditioning drills with activities such as kickboxing, circuit training, dance, and fitness games.
Underground Core Fitness owner Jeremy Glasgow measures his club’s success in inches, pounds, and repetitions. The ACE-certified personal trainer grants individual attention during small group classes or one-on-one sessions, helping clients meet goals ranging from dropping 10 pounds to accurately sketching a dumbbell. In addition to workouts, the gym supplies nutritional coaching to support guests’ overall health.
Anchored by owner and certified personal trainer Damon Burrell, Heaven and Hell Bootcamp's staff of workout wonks help clients conquer fitness goals in group boot-camp classes and private training sessions. With a regimen of 15 boot-camp classes lasting 40–45 minutes and held every weekday—as well as three Saturday morning sessions—Heaven and Hell keeps chests heaving, heart rates thumping, and sequined leotards shimmering at a rate that suits almost any schedule. The high-octane group workouts change each day, but typically feature agility training, calisthenics, cardio exercise, and core strengthening achieved by hoisting dumbbells, jumping rope, and stealing medicine balls from the nests of predatory birds of flight. For more individualized attention, the gym plumbs the murky depths of clients' fitness capacities to craft custom training regimens for use in private personal-training sessions.