PGA golfer and certified golf instructor Chad Johansen augments his academy with exclusive techniques and high-tech video equipment. The golf gurus help fortify short games with the putting-lesson package, which takes place inside of a studio outfitted with four cameras that monitor the putter head, ball roll, putter lie and motion, and body movement during each stroke. A certified technician of the V1 professional video and putting system, Chad Johansen also helps golfers with a putter fitting to avoid overly bent backs or to inform golfers that they should stop putting with a two-by-four.
Armed with a degree in kinesiology and experience as a health-club manager, Solution Fitness’s instructor converts personal training into a social activity. In outdoor boot camps, he keeps the atmosphere light and encouraging, guiding clients toward their fitness goals with a new workout each week.
Heaven & Hell Bootcamp's trainers reflect more of the angelic side of their company's name. Unlike boot camps that aim to cultivate a military atmosphere, their workouts never include shouting or require camouflage formal wear. Instead, certified trainers Damon Burell and Michael Caputo keep an upbeat, friendly attitude as they lead workouts for all fitness levels. These sessions take place indoors or outside and might incorporate exercises such as jumping rope, sports drills, and resistance training.
Shihan Hercle Brown, a sixth-degree black belt with more than 30 years of martial-arts experience, teaches every class at Brown's DragonFire Martial Arts. Centering on shorinji-ryu karate—an authentic style with roots in Okinawa—classes focus on mental and physical strength for martial arts and self-defense. Brown leads classes for all ages, striving to shape students with better focus, discipline, confidence, and balance. Programs also involve weapons training and sparring.
True Health Studio liquidates excess fat with intense, back-to-basics classes that focus on intentional movements and no-nonsense techniques. Students tone silhouettes and torch calories in the popular KettleBell BootKamp classes, led by certified Russian Kettlebell instructor Steve Bradford, who teaches moves used by professional athletes. Zumba helps students shed pounds with hip-shaking dance moves, and Ludus boot camps inspire muscles to grow into bigger muscles with unconventional tools such as ropes, hammers, and tires. Classes stay comfortable with no more than 10 students, giving instructors time to work with each participant, modify routines for customized workouts, and survey the class on tortoise-drawn carriages.
Former San Francisco 49er Anthony Parker knows exactly what it takes to compete and train at the highest level. That’s the experience he brings to his results-driven boot-camp classes. Participants reach new fitness goals during classes that blend NFL-style conditioning drills with activities such as kickboxing, circuit training, dance, and fitness games.
Anu Buzruk learned Hatha yoga at the Sree Swamy Vivekananda Centre of Teacher Education in India, taught the style in India for six years, and then moved to Chicago and completed Lotus Yoga Center’s 200-hour training course. Yet, even with all of her training, she works to continually improve her teaching at Yoganubhav Studio by regularly scheduling feedback sessions with her students and their often neglected mats. Since starting her career, she has taught Hatha yoga to more than 400 students, and she employs their feedback to tailor her classes to their needs. Through this personalization of her classes, many students have reported her Hatha yoga classes have helped to increase their flexibility and alleviate issues such as anxiety, digestive difficulty, and menstrual disorders.