ACE-certified personal trainer Chad Lee knows that most people need more than encouraging words to keep up with a new fitness regimen. That's why he and his staff consult with their clients to determine each one's reason for taking on private, partner, or small-group training sessions at Premier Fitness. Once they've isolated distinct goals, they customize workouts and dietary advice around the patron's medical history, lifestyle, and adaptation to exercise routines. An ever-present sense of humor buoys their lessons, eliminating boredom and increasing laughter without unsafe tickle fights between bench presses.
Chad specializes in metabolic circuit training for weight management and has championed a Drop a Pant or Dress Size program for a well-rounded attack on surplus pounds. Inside the gym's private facilities, he mixes squats, body-weight maneuvers, and yoga poses into a challenging cocktail of cardio and strength training. The 28-day group camp series also includes nutritional guidance and at-home fitness resources, allowing students to become self-sufficient monitors of their health.
Husband-and-wife duo David and Crystal Wells threw their mutual passion for fitness into the creation of Ring Side Fitness Center. They outfitted the gym with high white ceilings, a soft red floor and a boxing ring, corralling passionate students and leading them through boxing classes. In addition to teaching foundational footwork and techniques, David maintains professional status in MMA, and Crystal ranks as a professional figure competitor in the National Gym Association and National Physique Committee. They apply their professional experience toward building full-body workout plans, but stay in touch with the fitness limitations and aspirations of everyday people. As working parents, they make efficiency paramount—drop-in classes span 75 minutes and work the whole body, including the dorsal fin.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At each of its 12 locations in Kansas, the staff of Genesis Health Club strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.
The first order of business for Cross Fit Wichita's trainers is to get everyone on a first-name basis; it's commonplace for trainers to encourage a round of handshakes before they read off the day's workout. Community plays a central role in the gym's CrossFit and boot-camp programs, which explains why all new CrossFit members typically begin with On Ramp. This program teaches CrossFit's core movements, such as squats and presses, so clients feel comfortable entering the group WOD classes, also known as the Workout of the Day. These daily-changing workouts favor a dynamic, nonspecialized approach to build all three of the body's metabolic pathways, from the phosphagen pathway that powers high-effort, short-duration activities to the oxidative pathway that drives lower-effort, sustained activity such as distance running and rowing.
This approach also develops CrossFit's 10 recognized physical skills—such as cardiovascular endurance, strength, and agility—that serve as measures of overall fitness. Trainers keep a close eye on every member, adjusting exercises to easier or more challenging versions. This helps clients stay on track to meet their fitness goals, whether they're focused on losing weight, building muscle, or tearing through a T-shirt with a single flex. To further cater their services to clients, trainers never hold them to long-term contracts, and the gym’s warehouse-like setting and low-tech equipment—squat cages, rowing machines, and platforms for box jumps—prevent the pretension that sometimes comes with commercial gyms.
Several years ago, fitness fanatics Kalene Smith and Shannon Dykman came to the realization that traditional methods of personal training were lacking. So, in 2011, they took it upon themselves to transform the training approach. The result was GoTimeTraining, an 3,000-square foot studio where Kalene, Shannon, and their team of personal trainers reshape lives with personalized one-on-one lifestyle transformation programs, small group training, and bootcamp classes. But instead of relying on industry gimmicks, such as fad diets or pills that release helium into muscles, the GoTime team emphasizes a healthy, sustainable approach to improving overall lifestyle. It follows through with that mantra by packaging nutritional guidance and lifestyle coaching with every one of its fitness programs.