Achieve Fitness’s team of certified trainers builds healthy bodies from the ground up using cardio and strength exercises, ViSalus and LifeVantage nutritional supplements, and a hearty dose of encouragement. In addition to helping clients set specific long- and short-term goals, the trainers track their progress during custom fitness programs composed of personal training, small-group training, boot camps, or a combination of all three. Exercises are tailored to a variety of fitness levels during each routine, allowing new and seasoned exercisers to cultivate optimal levels of endurance, flexibility, and brawn. Personal-training sessions contain the highest level of customization and a rotating lineup of physical challenges that keep clients engaged and motivated. Workouts may take place in homes, at local gyms, or, in the case of boot camps, at nearby parks and churches.
In addition to designing exercise regimens for individuals, Achieve Fitness's trainers build fitness programs for companies, religious groups, and apartment complexes. Between face-to-face workouts, these programs' participants can access a host of online health resources, including more than 750 fitness videos, a recipe database, and a calculator that computes the number of calories burned while jumping rope or unattended roller-coaster turnstiles.
When she signed up for her first yoga class in 2001, Namaste Yoga's owner Debbie Wog was simply looking for a way to stay in peak physical condition. However, as she moved through each pose, Ms. Wog discovered a growing strength in body, mind, and spirit. More than 10 years and three yoga certifications later, she now leads a schedule of morning and evening classes that blend together elements of Hatha, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Pilates. These sessions, which are suitable for all skill levels, range from restorative yoga, in which students cycle through relaxing poses and breathing exercises, to hot yoga, which uses heat to build strength and balance. Ms. Wog also welcomes yogis aged 8–15 during youth sessions, allowing them to stretch minds, bodies, and pockets filled with silly putty across the studio's carpeted floors.
At CrossFit Alter, a cadre of CrossFit Level 1 coaches leads exercisers through functional workouts that help clients develop a broad base of fitness. The team fosters a challenging, inclusive atmosphere that encourages participants to sweat and pushes them toward better health regardless of their starting point, be it active, out-of-shape, or overweight. Upon arriving at the gym each day, clients perform a new roster of exercises?dubbed the Workout of the Day, or WOD?designed to reveal the athlete within. Olympic weightlifting,gymnastics routines, or zen-like demonstrations of ice-cream resistance could rule the day, all designed to sculpt physiques and improve health.