Performance Fitness's trainers work equally well in one-on-one or group settings, helping their clients find fitness through personalized exercises or the supportive environment of a peer workout. In addition to helping customers figure out how to make use of the gym's equipment, they also host Zumba classes designed to a fun workout for dancers of any caliber. They follow a far more strenuous regimen in their boot camps, which use scalable exercises to challenge beginners and veteran athletes alike. They also teach Vinyasa yoga classes, in which they focus on synchronizing movement with the natural rhythm of breathing.
At Revolution Fitness Club, the staff values quality of exercise over quantity. Their signature fitness program consists of just two 30-minute personal-training sessions per week. What the workouts lack in frequency, they make up for with intelligent exercises that are easy on the joints. To maximize the workouts, the staff conducts consultations and assessments and creates personalized meal plans from foods that are anagrams of your name.
Following handshakes, Stephanie Forbes Hudgins’s preferred greeting for new clients is inspections of their spines. The certified Pilates instructor conducts detailed alignment evaluations as part of introductory sessions, during which she studies new students’ postures, pinpoints their goals, and outlines their medical histories. The consultations enable her to personalize her future lessons—she is well versed in making her exercises easier to accommodate those who are injured, pregnant, or really full. Her studio's policy is one of universal acceptance: guests of every age and experience level are welcome.
The team of instructors' private, duet, and group lessons encompass the focused stretches and core-tightening holds of both classic and modern Pilates, aided by ample tools such as Reformers, chairs, balls, tubing, and TRX Suspension cords. Her staff's curriculum reaches beyond Pilates to include barre fitness and other disciplines. Zumba classes, for example, take visitors through festive cardio-dance routines, and sessions of assisted stretching release muscular tension while ensuring that you don't lunge too deeply and become permanently stuck.
Certified personal fitness trainer Ken Williams’ boot camps were voted Hampton Roads' best in 2011 by the Virginian-Pilot, and he was honored in NV Magazine’s 2011 Movers & Shakers list, a designation for outstanding business people who prove “anything is possible.” Today, he captains a crew of certified trainers in his boot-camp programs while also offering private training and diet coaching. Believing his boot camps can benefit anyone, he trains clients of every stripe, from those looking to shed fat to competitive bodybuilders to local celebrities such as WVEC News 13’s Benita Adams. Each of his workouts aims to challenge fitness seekers both physically and mentally, much like solving math problems with a 130-pound bronze pencil.
In addition to helping clients along the path to healthier selves, Ken commits himself to offering a hand in the local community. He provides motivational speeches at local schools to encourage healthy habits among youth, and conducts food and supply drives for local homeless shelters Haven House and ForKids, Inc.
Each workout at CrossFit Oyster Point was created for one specific reason: to better equip bodies for everyday movements. In any given workout, members may perform squats, which build the muscles used to lift heavy objects at home or work, or jump onto plyometric boxes, which strengthen the stabilizers used for jumping into your monster truck to run errands. Certified CrossFit coaches oversee every exercise to ensure safe, correct form is practiced. During warmer months, members swing kettlebells or push weighted sleds outside.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.