It may seem counterintuitive to some, but Affirm Fitness?s head fitness trainer, Lauren Leitner, also owns a biscotti-making business. Of course, all of the desserts she doles out are low in fat, making them tasty complements to the healthy lifestyle that she hopes to impart upon her students at Affirm Fitness. There, she and fellow trainers lead exercisers of all stripes through boot camps that are either traditional or tailored to new moms. Cardio-and-sculpt boot camp shows exercisers how to have fun as they transition between drills in agility, interval training, and body-weight resistance. In baby-friendly Bootie Camp, participants push strollers a little bit faster than usual for a cardio workout that allows them to spend time with little ones while they improve themselves. Moms can even spend a little time sculpting muscles with hand weights or by lifting diaper bags filled with bricks. Affirm Fitness?s class schedule also includes dance-inspired Zumba cardio workouts, relaxing yoga, and TRX suspension training.
The experienced personal trainers at XLR8 are half drill sergeant, half high-school football coach, and half mathematician, but all expert. They want you to go tactical on flab, but not without realistic encouragement and support. In this boot camp, the enemy is predictability. Each day, your instructors will throw down a fresh guerrilla-ambush worth of challenges for your muscles and your brain, fueling constant gains and keeping you engaged. Over the course of the one-hour sessions, you'll run, jump, lift weights, slam through obstacle courses, chase chickens, punch slabs of beef, and end with a live-crocodile wrestle. Early morning and evening classes are offered outdoors at West End Park and the adjacent Coconut Beach, and additional morning classes are conducted at the Hopkins School of Dance in Kenner. Check the schedule to find a class that works for you.
Certified personal trainer and registered nurse Chris Vignaud is passionate about helping his clients feel the rush of being physically fit. In his intense one-hour outdoor boot-camp classes, he combines cardio moves with strength and interval training to help participants burn as many calories as possible while building muscle. A team spirit prevails in each intense session, and Chris is the positive, motivational force behind it all, helping everyone achieve their personal fitness goals. He also offers personal training for those looking for a more one-on-one experience.
Nautilus weight machines, free weights, and cardio equipment comprise the fitness haven inside 504 Fitness's spacious studio. But, it's the staff's wealth of expertise that takes center stage here. Each member of the team is a certified personal trainer who tailors a fitness regimen based the clients' needs, whether they're looking to pack on pounds of muscle or burn calories. The team also gets pulses pounding en masse, leading groups through boot camps, cardio-boxing classes, and kettlebell training sessions.
In his years as a New Orleans firefighter, professional MMA fighter, and certified personal trainer, Gino Ascani has gathered a wealth of ideas on how to build the ideal gym. At Nola Xtreme Fitness, Ascani leads private training sessions, spinning classes, TRX classes, and group fitness sessions while utilizing more than 7,000 square feet of equipment-lined space. The facility houses cardio equipment, treadmills, elliptical machines, and rowing machines along with free weights, kettlebells, weight machines, and a pile of porcelain toilets that can be thrown off the gym’s roof.
After retiring his jersey and whistled rendition of ?Sweet Georgia Brown,? former Harlem Globetrotter Elijah Hobley channeled his sports knowledge into training college athletes at Dillard University and everyday individuals at BodyTime. Each session aims to help men and women better their bodies by strengthening, conditioning, and ousting fat during early-morning and evening classes.