Between the unpainted walls of Profound CrossFit’s bare-bones personal training gym, certified trainer Heather Walburn inspires a family-like vibe with her classes, a team spirit that keeps everyone involved as they cheer and motivate each other toward achieving their goals. Although she fosters a positive environment, she still pushes everyone to their limits with the CrossFit system—a method that features constantly changing exercises and functional, everyday motions such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. The daily workout includes a grab bag of exercises, including everything from jumping jacks and air squats one day to short sprints and jump rope the next.
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.
Housed in a 3,000-square-foot gym, CrossFit Oyster Point facilitates fitness with an intensive, total-body exercise style, attentive trainers, and ample space for each exerciser to perform safely. CrossFit boot camp folds in the sport's core methodologies while staying true to the high-energy style of traditional boot camps. Like a dance-a-thon held in an active volcano, coaches run participants through ever-changing routines that torch calories with nonstop movement during the course of one hour. Pulling from body-weight-resistance exercises, cardio moves such as running and jumping, and barbell training, trainers test clients of all fitness levels. Members and visitors alike can benefit from the camp's inclusive atmosphere and goal of ameliorating overall health. CrossFit boot-camp classes are usually less than 40 minutes long, and are scheduled Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 a.m.