Former U.S. Marine Carlos Valdez heads the experienced trainers at Power Fitness, deploying militaristic discipline to shape clients with body-sculpting workouts and nutritional advice. After evaluating fitness levels and goals, trainers infect aerobic amateurs and ruthless oxygen destroyers alike with contagious motivational mojo. Boot campers engage in weight-bearing exercises that pit gravity against muscles— gravity's greatest battle since it handily defeated astronaut ice cream. The you-lifting moves are designed to increase muscle strength, tighten cores, and tone hearts. One-hour sessions (starting at 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.) take place Monday–Friday at Body Builder's Powerhouse gym. Camp purists can roast muscles over cardiovascular fires in outdoor sessions that convene Monday–Friday at Bill Schupp Park on Zinnia Avenue from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition to muscle manipulation, Power Fitness trainers also provide healthy-eating guidelines and meal plans to maximize intake of nutritional grub and minimize intake of flaming batons.
Alexandra Bonetti Perez spent years studying different forms of movement, including yoga, martial arts, and athletic training, as well as dance moves ranging from the worm to the water bear. She channeled all of this experience into creating an intelligent full-body workout called Bari, which has been lauded by publications ranging from Vogue and Marie Claire to New York magazine and Time.com. At locations across the country, Bari's fitness experts lead fitness classes that combine sensory and trampoline cardio with muscle sculpting and advanced technology. Bari is more than a workout, though?the Bari Studio's experienced nutritionists are also on hand to create customized nutrition programs. Bari enthusiasts can even take the studio home with them, whether that's by subscribing to BariTV or sporting the studio's apparel and jewelry.
Jill Dailey McIntosh has always been intrigued by the human body and how it moves?so much so that she graduated in 1991 with a kinesiology degree and soon thereafter decided to open her own Pilates teaching studio. But it wasn't until years later that this curiosity would manifest itself in a single question: "How can one aggressively transform the shape of their body while still maintaining proper alignment of the spine?" Eventually Jill began to examine her diverse fitness background, pulling low-impact movements from ballet, Pilates, and even orthopedic-exercise routines to create the basis for her fitness style, The Dailey Method.
Now, 13 years after it was founded in San Francisco, Dailey's fitness routine has ballooned into studios sprawled across more than 10 states and gained praise from Self, Allure, FitPregnancy, and InStyle magazines. Regardless of the location, instructors remain true to Jill's mission of offering unique fitness classes that combine ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching, and orthopedic exercises. The classes work to effectively strengthen and tone the entire body, with movements that are controlled, focused, and safe. Each set of exercises is focuses on students' entire body and mind, and is followed by a series of active stretches to help develop more sculpted and supple muscles.
Core et' Barre pioneered the Formé technique, a combination of yoga, ballet, Pilates, barre, and core work aimed at bettering bodies. The workout draws from each of these disciplines over the course of 60 minutes, with practitioners gradually moving from broad flexibility exercises to specific motions focused on thighs, abs, and pantseat-filling posteriors. Follow the lead of Core et' Barre's instructors as you monitor the flow of your breathing and bring stability to your core during the Pilates-influenced elements, or unleash the black swan within during the ballet-inspired portions of Formé. Core et' Barre funnels the Formé formula through several different class types, including a calorie-burning cardio version. Check the schedule for options.