Even though he’s armed with an arsenal of up-to-the-minute training and corrective exercise knowledge, Gaines Performance founder Aaron Gaines still puts his trust in the tried-and-true methods of traditional strength training. Solely dedicated to strength training, his studio helps students achieve their fitness and weight loss goals through trusted methods. His private studio allows him to tailor each fitness program he conducts to the needs of his clients, whether they’re seeking post-injury rehab or toning up for driver's license photos.
For personal training, he begins each session with an in-depth interview and health screening to identify areas of weakness, then he plans his programs accordingly. While focusing on proper technique, clients will lift weights from the bench, perform suspension-band-assisted body-weight exercises, and fling around a tractor tire. For a small-group experience, Aaron leads boot camps of no more than eight students.
The fitness experts running the show would ask that you don’t call BTY Fitness a gym. That’s because all exercises take place outdoors on BTY's picturesque 15-acre ranch. Here, expert personal trainers lead small groups through classes that use the environment to create challenging functional workouts, which range from boot camps to power yoga.
Alter Ego Fitness's facilities are designed to make exercise efficient and engaging. User-friendly gear from manufacturers such as Precor and MedX lines weight-training and cardio rooms. To keep minds engaged during workouts, Precor cardio machines are equipped with headphone outlets hooked up to flat-screen televisions.
The facility houses two separate free-weight rooms, each designed with a different ambience to invigorate iron pumpers and barbells tired of floating up and down all day. The ladies-only weight and cardio room lets women sweat and socialize in peace, while the saunas offer a place for all gym-goers to unwind their newly acquired physiques. A spacious group-fitness room hosts Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and Tai Chi classes set to upbeat or tranquil music as the lesson dictates.
During Zephrin Augustine’s more than 10 years as a coach and athlete, he earned an array of nicknames that ranged from St. Augustine to Whomp Whomp. The most appropriate name for Augustine nowadays, however, is CEO. As the founder and head of Next Level Sports & Fitness, he draws on his strong fitness background—which includes a college football career at the University of Florida—to whip bodies into shape, aided by certified personal trainer Dimetress Barnwell. The duo specializes in boot-camp-style workouts, whose ever-changing cocktails of cardio, strength, and plyometric moves banish boredom more effectively than workouts that end with a fun fact about sweat. Held outside when weather permits, their dynamic fitness regimens melt away excess weight and tone physiques, enhancing the abilities of exercise newbies and decorated athletes alike.
No two bodies are alike, which is why the National Academy of Sports Medicine– and International Sports Sciences Association–certified instructors at Solo Pro customize their personal-training programs to suit each patron, tailoring plans for body builders and athletes, men and women, and teens and seniors alike. Working to help guests to meet their fitness goals—whether they want to lose weight, train for a marathon, or grow a prehensile tail—the trainers lead them in heaving dumbbells or buffing up on TRX suspension bands and Rom cross-training machines. They also elucidate advice on nutrition and living a generally healthier lifestyle to accelerate the shedding of excess pounds. In addition to training individually, clients can come with a pack of friends for a small-group training session or attend a small-group fitness class. The trainers lead all-female classes, stretching and bodybuilding sessions, and therapeutic training for rehab and post-rehab clients.
The community at My Yoga Connection is all about spreading the love of yoga, breath, and positive vibes in order to improve the world. Executive director Cara Edwards leads the studio’s team of Yoga Alliance–certified teachers. They set out phthalate-free yoga mats and props in an eco-friendly environment in which students can perform a variety of poses and breaths designed for all experience levels. The studio also has onsite licensed massage therapists who can usher in relaxation with expert massage techniques.
The team at Abstract Bodyworks designs 15-minute workouts in the hopes of helping clients live like they’re 15 years younger. Though short, the one-on-one sessions introduce the body to proper exercise, which helps build lean muscle, boost bone density, and increase metabolism with the proper diet. They design their sessions to protect against issues such as osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and fat gain.