Certified head trainer Carlos J. Sanchez leads boot campers through an invigorating regimen of diverse exercises in morning sessions scheduled every day of the week. In efficient 45-minute outdoor sessions (held five days a week) or one-hour indoor workouts held twice weekly, fitness fanatics can tighten soft midsections without missing family outings or full-contact backgammon competitions. In supportive group sessions, trainees work at their own pace through a mix of yoga, calisthenics, weight training, and cardiovascular work. Maplewood's muscle masters advise campers to wear loose-fitting or athletic clothing and athletic shoes and steel themselves to sprint through rain and brush away the branches of ingratiating trees.
The fitness instructors at The Spa Next Door help clients achieve their self-improvement goals with varied courses that emphasize the value of cross-training. Gym members and drop-in guests improve stamina on stationary cycles, seek to shed pounds in boot-camp classes, and sweat to upbeat Latin music in Zumba sessions.
Headbanger Fitness founder Jermaine Terry became a personal trainer in 2009, but it wasn't until he worked with one specific client that he realized his true mission as a fitness and nutritional professional. Terry helped a cancer survivor regain her strength and confidence, and through doing so, discovered a passion for using fitness to motivate and inspire. Today, he teaches a broad range of classes in disciplines such as weightlifting, boxing, and aerobic and fitness classes, all with the goal of helping clients change their lives for the better.
"You chart your fitness course. We'll be the compass." That's how the team at Fit X think of their roles in clients' fitness journeys. Group classes abound, manned by teachers who guide Pilates and Zumba workouts. But with an arsenal of exercise equipment available to them, Fit X gymgoers are just as likely to devise their own workout regimens. Whether enjoying a supportive group environment or jogging on a treadmill in blissful solitude, clients retain control over their own experiences.
The NASM-certified personal trainers at Gifted Bodies strive to improve lives, not just bodies. Driven by the belief that all clients have the potential to become gifted, trainers redefine clients' limitations and push them toward progressive goals with a mixture of firm motivation and compassion. During boot-camp classes and group sessions, which include kickboxing, Zumba, ab work, and yoga, they guide patrons of all backgrounds through invigorating routines.
They also visit homes for one-on-one appointments—as long as they have a 5'x5' space or a permit to punch through drywall, trainers can commence a custom exercise routine. To instill sustainable habits for healthier living, they place emphasis on nutrition as well as gym drills. Troy Samuels, Gifted Bodies' creator and nutritional counselor, likens one's diet to the fuel put into a car: the proper fuel allows the vehicle to hit maximum speed.
From tap dance to muay thai kickboxing, classes at Paganini Dance Fitness Martial Arts impart movement skills that can be used to get fit or show off. In between classes, students lounge at the Samba Café, where coffee and flat-screen TVs help them recharge. Once sufficiently fueled up, they're back in Paganini's studios, where instructors teach kids and adults how to twirl, tap, step, punch, kick, or lift weights. Students can also learn how to perform the dance-influenced Brazilian martial art of capoeira or the martial arts–influenced dance of full-contact do-si-do.