The team of certified instructors at X Factor Fitness Studios amplifies the intensify of normal workout routines with the P90X training system, which pairs challenging, muscle-sculpting exercises with nutritional guidance to facilitate full-body transformations. Owner and lead trainer Brian Stevens uses his experience as a group fitness instructor and life coach to create a positive environment where exercisers can push their physical limits and strive toward their individual goals. The team challenges exercisers to “bring it” in classes that focus on specific muscle groups, such as the back and biceps, as well as mind-calming yoga classes that combine strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination.
Sharyn Jump introduces students to the stress-relieving potential of art in laid-back classes that comprise equal parts fun and instruction. During the two- to three-hour sessions and multiday workshops at Sharyn's Paint 'N Crafts Studio, visitors work with varied media such as acrylics, oils, watercolors, charcoal, or colored pencils to create completed art pieces, which they can take home for display or graciously donate to the nearest museum.
A team of resident artists mentors pupils in different styles, such as the One Stroke painting technique taught by guest artist Donna Dewberry. At birthday parties or open-studio sessions, participants may bring their own food or alcohol to foster a celebratory atmosphere.
Three is the magic number at Trinity Exercise Studio. The staff there lead exercise classes that concentrate on three aspects of fitness: cardio, strength, and flexibility. But those aren't the only requirements?each class must also aim to nurture each client's mind, body, and spirit, taking a tri-fold approach to total health. For that reason, the schedule includes disciplines such as boot camp classes, yoga workouts, and TRX suspension training, which challenge participants both mentally and physically. Trinity's trainers also supplement these group workouts with personal training and nutritional counseling.
Three is also the age of some of Trinity Exercise Studio's youngest clients. In addition to helping adults get in shape, the studio offers youth programs for ages 3-12, as well as teen programs, senior citizen programs, and summer programs for people named summer.
In many respects, Marybeth Davis is a strong woman. When Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home, she drew on reserves of strength to move to Oklahoma and build a new life. As a certified personal trainer with years of championship experience in martial arts, she now draws on more literal reserves of strength—and inspires others to do the same—in her boot-camp fitness classes. Class workouts revolve around interval-training regimens that fuse cardio, weight lifting, and Pilates into high-intensity sessions. Davis can scale each activity to different abilities and fitness levels, creating a nonintimidating atmosphere that distinguishes her programs from old-fashioned workouts of sprinting away from bears.
Ever a resilient warrior, Marybeth Davis chose to see the destruction of her New Orleans home by Hurricane Katrina as a direct challenge. Not only did she grit her teeth and rebuild, the mother of four also started her own boot camp. In her capacity as a certified personal trainer, she pulls from her years of experience in championship martial artistry to lead classes for fitness seekers of all abilities. Having overcome weight issues and injuries, Marybeth employs empathy to scale each of her high-intensity workouts to accommodate all fitness levels, from beginners to professional athletes. The coach also strives to create a motivational and non-intimidating community amongst her students, discouraging screaming, insults, or unprovoked outbreaks of water balloon fights.
Without treadmills, ellipticals, and rowing machines, 9Round is no ordinary gym. Cofounders Shannon and Heather Hudson have replaced standard big-box gym equipment with kettlebells, medicine balls, and speed bags, which they incorporate into a series of nine engaging workouts. Each station challenges guests of all fitness abilities with a different boxing-related drill, focusing on cardio sessions, resistance training, and anaerobic routines that build stamina, boost endurance, and burn calories much more effectively than working out in your dreams.