With thousands of personal-training sessions under his belt, Jon McQueen knows what he's doing when it comes to helping his clients reach their fitness goals. Along with fellow trainer Jim Castillo, McQueen heads up Elite Conditioning, where he offers sports-performance training, small-group training, and boot-camp classes. He and his gym are best known for their one-on-one personal-training sessions tailored to each participant. Under his encouraging eye, clients build muscle, burn fat, and boost endurance in order to run a marathon or qualify for a spot on the full-contact debate team.
Yoga Alliance, one of the yoga community’s larger training facilities, awards its E-RYT 500 certification to students who have completed at least 500 hours of training and 2,000 hours of teaching at a registered yoga school. Laurie Mort is one such student. Now, Laurie shares this wealth of knowledge and experience with students at her studio, Inner Strength Yoga & Healing Center. And Laurie’s business is aptly named. After a car accident in 1972 that nearly took her life, Laurie began on a path of healing that included yoga and meditation as a way of keeping her from spending her life in a wheel chair. That journey certainly took inner strength, and is the inspiration for her compassionate teaching style.
At her studio, she and her staff of experienced yoga instructors—two of which are fellow E-RYT 500 certified instructors—predominately practice the poses and breathing exercises of hatha yoga. Nearly all of their classes are open to beginners and experts alike, including flow yoga, restorative yoga, and ThaiSen, which uses stretching and self-applied acupressure kneads to boost energy. For further wellness, the center also offers healing services such as reiki sessions and hosts workshops and events including group psychic readings.
Arcadian Ascents helps students to master the art of open-air rock climbing with guided excursions and onsite lessons for all experience levels. The maximum student-to-instructor ratio for each class is 4:1, and all guides and instructors have earned certifications as single pitch instructors from the American Mountain Guides Association and as wilderness first responders from the Wilderness Medicine Institute. Private and group courses cover material from basic rock movement to custom-designed courses on speed climbing, self-rescue, and advanced rope technique. Arcadian Ascents provides all equipment for most courses, including climbing shoes, helmets, ropes, and mountain-goat bribes.
Rock-ascending buffs can also expand their experience and strive for new personal achievements on guided trips to Mexico or Spain. Veteran climber and guide Josh Wieberg leads his charges with experience climbing from Canada to Italy and wields his BA in history and philosophy to teach in public schools when not scaling their brick walls.
Fit For Life Bootcamp?s seasoned instructors replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor classes that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up class routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wild-card days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers work to cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.
Nailing a job interview, taking a spiritual retreat, and heading out for a night with friends?these disparate activities all work to boost one?s Oola. Fun to say and satisfying to achieve, you attain Oola when several core factors of your life are thriving. Oola might mean that you?re feeling good about your fitness level, finances, career, faith, or relationship with your family, friends, and ant-farm residents. The folks at Oola hope to boost Oola levels nationwide by helping their clients map out their life?s goals and how they will go about achieving them. The service also boosts Oola quotients by introducing their members to cool businesses and offering discounts on services including massages, fitness, and mani-pedis.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.