At MimsFit, certified personal trainer Chris Mims nudges exercisers toward their fitness goals during boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions. Whether his clients want to lose weight, build strength, or run through the grocery without being caught by the store manager, Mims’s full-body workouts include body-weight, kettlebell, rope, tire, and sledgehammer exercises. To fortify newly formed muscles, Mims also sheds light on what to eat during nutritional-counseling sit-downs.
On any given day, Push Fitness?s 4,000 square feet of workout space are filled with people swinging kettlebells, curling free weights, and running on treadmills. But that doesn't mean the center has no room for variety. In fact, the gym's personal trainers spend their days creating custom workouts for individuals, couples, and small groups. Depending on what clients are trying to accomplish, they might end up in Body Blast classes that emphasize weight loss, or they could try yoga classes, which help build lean muscle and improve flexibility. Some might also benefit from POZ fitness sessions, which are designed for people with HIV-related metabolic conditions.
Zumba is a high-energy fitness program that combines Latin-inspired music and worldly dance moves, infusing the infectious flavors of cumbia, reggaeton, flamenco, and the watusi. With an exercise form that eschews bulky, rigid exercise machines for organic dance moves and booty-moving beats, Zumba students get a fun full-body workout that targets major muscle groups and can burn hundreds of calories in each 60-minute session.
At Dynamic Family Martial Arts and Fitness, the team of instructors shepherds students from novice level to expert level in various styles of karate. Rob Hartman, the head instructor and a fourth-degree black belt, teaches American?kenpo, a self-defense system more powerful than building a replica Great Wall of China just north of your house.?Aaron Rajman is the in-house mixed martial arts coach, incorporating Brazilian jujitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, submission wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing into his lessons. Yoshihiko Shinzato, meanwhile, draws on 41 years of experience while teaching shorin ryu karate, a style known for its natural breathing breathing?and its?curved, not-perfectly-direct?movements.?
Select classes focus more on fitness than karate mastery, too, such as?Charlie Morgan's WKF fitness kickboxing.?And Tammi Hartman, a third-degree Reiki master and holistic health counselor, helps students lead healthier lifestyles through nutrition advice and healing practices, while also serving as director of after school services.
The instructors at The Training Pit share a simple, yet somewhat radical belief. They believe that someone working out for the first time should learn and participate in the same drills that help Olympic athletes get into shape. The only distinction worth considering is the degree of intensity.
Following this logic, they have designed a roster of CrossFit workouts that can accommodate participants at all levels of fitness. Such workouts help groups build camaraderie by stressing shared goals rather than competition. An average class might involve any number of workout activities, from weightlifting and gymnastics to sprinting and car throwing.
After stints at Bally Total Fitness and Gold’s Gym, trainer John Nittolo founded his own exercise emporium, The Edge Fitness, almost a decade ago. Its fitness programs range from boot-camp classes held on the beach to workout sessions held at John's appointment-only training studio and are tailored like a six-and-a-half-fingered glove to suit participants’ unique skill levels. Self-defense instruction is also available for both men and women and the staff complements workout courses with wellness and nutrition education.