The trainers at CrossFit Louisville East lead group CrossFit classes, Bootcamp classes as well as personal-training sessions in the gym or in their clients' homes. Their CrossFit Elements classes introduce newcomers to fundamental techniques and safety precautions, and their yoga sessions tailor instruction toward increasing flexibility and strength that translates into CrossFit and athletics.
Before he studied fitness at Purdue, Chris Tedesco learned the subtle art of inspiring others during a trek through the dessert. As a Marine squad leader, he needed to keep up morale while getting his troops to march across 36 miles of arid wilderness with him. This same determination saw him straight through to three Ironman Platoon championships. Today, as owner and founder of BodyQuest Personal Training, he brings those heat-honed lessons with him to each session, just as he did when he helped a snowboarder recover from near total-lower-body paralysis.
He and his team of four dedicated trainers partner up with clients, getting to know them, their eating habits, and their fitness goals to help them lead healthier lives. They constantly vary exercises via a circuit designed to keep bodies burning fat long after the workout and even tailor training-session soundtracks to suit clients' whims, so long as those whims don't include whale songs as covered by an eccentric theremin player. The exposed brick walls of his gym feature wooden sculpture and wall hangings that capture the feeling of motion, perhaps subliminally inspiring patrons to push themselves.
ProFormance Fitness emphasizes researched-based protocols to craft a diverse assortment of fat-burning workout programs. Experienced trainers, each armed with a wealth of education and several kettlebell-cobbler recipes, lead group fitness and personal-training programs that incorporate high-energy cardio moves and strength-training exercises. During boot-camp classes, they'll lead students through an intense, metabolic-style training program that helps them burn nine times as much fat as running on a treadmill or galloping through an asteroid belt. The trainers also help kids improve their game during sports-performance training programs designed to help young athletes increase their speed, agility, and power over the course of six weeks. To bolster clients’ workout regimens, ProFormance Fitness also grants members unlimited reign over the gym, which is accessible via keyless entry.
Better Body's Fitness Center is never exclusive when it comes to exercise—the trainers believe that anyone from any background can pursue a healthier lifestyle at any age. The gym's studio pulses with team energy during group classes such as Core Strength, Zumba, and yoga that accommodate all experience levels, as well as Silver Sneakers training for seniors. On the workout floor, cardio machines and strength equipment—from brands such as Cybex, Hammer Strength, and Life Fitness—vie with free weights for muscles' attention by disguising themselves as unopenable jelly jars.
Velocity Sports Performance offers a variety of programs that are taught by exercise physiologists, tailored to an athlete's individual needs, and held in a small group setting. Although each program is different, all primarily focus on improving speed, power, and agility. For active adults looking to be challenged, try five adult sessions ($125). Ages 12 and up can opt for the developmental program ($250/month), which includes two sessions per week. Youth-centric training ($175), which focuses on honing correct skills (running technique, coordination), works to establish a proper fitness foundation. Like babies, no two sessions are the same. After time, participants reduce injury risk, boost flexibility and power coordination, and whittle down fat. Determine your perfect program from Velocity's full catalog of courses.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.