Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
CrossFit Novato bustles with exercisers of all ages and ability levels as they undergo the high-intensity strength and conditioning exercises of the globally renowned CrossFit program. Embraced by many police academies, military-operations units, and professional pie fighters, the program has a sound reputation and pulls from disciplines of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular fitness. Certified instructors challenge students to exceed previous limits with exercise routines that vary in strength, speed, movement, and duration during classes throughout the week. These expert teachers also educate participants in body mechanics and proper nutrition to encourage healthier lifestyles outside the gym. The gym strives to build a supportive community among its students through an online discussion board, where students can discuss results, emotional responses, and nutritional inquiries.
As they enter the training 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, 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.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms.
The Dailey Method centers on small movements that isolate key muscle groups, especially those that support the spine, but their effects are far from small. Over the course of many reps, these subtle movements can build lean muscle and improve posture—results that have been noted by magazines such as InStyle and Allure.
The Dailey Method often reminds people of Pilates, and rightfully so. Dailey Method founder Jill Dailey McIntosh was a Pilates trainer for many years. Her method blends Pilates with elements of ballet and yoga, but is also focused on customization. Instructors frequently suggest modifications personalized to their students, rather than insisting shorter students work out in heels.
For an outdoor fitness challenge and a chance to meet new friends, savvy exercisers head to Novato Adventure Boot Camp. In fresh, open-air settings, instructors lead total-body workouts that may incorporate everything from jump ropes and dumbbells to sandbags and obstacle courses. And they constantly vary their roster of challenges to keep return boot-campers' interest levels high. All the while, group leaders stay keyed into their students, making sure that each individual?regardless of fitness level?gets the most out of his or her time. That's why anyone, from those just breaking in their running shoes to seasoned triathletes, can feel at home in any one of the offered sessions.