While he was earning his degree in architecture, Caleb D. Howard hoped to build stunning structures that had a positive impact on passersby. As a certified personal trainer, his goal remains the same—he's simply sculpting bodies, not buildings. And, like any good architect, he isn't just concerned with outer appearances. He and his team take a holistic approach to exercise, focusing on strengthening their clients' muscles as well as their mental and spiritual resolve.
To that end, trainers might meet with clients for one-on-one Focus sessions, which are geared toward different levels of exercise experience from "novice" to "seasoned." These customizable routines can be adjusted to target a range of goals, such as mastering the sit-up to applauding at the top of each push-up. Split-Focus sessions divide the trainer's attention between two people, and friendly competition helps fuel these workouts. They also provide group power circuit classes that combine muscle-toning and cardio drills. Those who can't make it to the gym can sign up for online E-training, and follow weekly workouts and nutrition plans that present opportunities to make wholesome lifestyle changes.
At Bronzed Buff N Bare, aestheticians exclusively use chemical-free products such as Tu'eL skin care and Lotus Touch essential oils. In the spray-tan studio, clients pose between reflective panels, eliminating shadows from their bodies as a staff member mists them with an organic-based solution. During ionithermie treatments, technicians swaddle bodies in wraps replete with guarana, RNA molecules, micronized algae, and conductive thermal clay. They then apply gentle electrical stimulation, causing skin to tighten and tone for a slimmer physique more capable of slipping through subway turnstiles. They beautify through other means, as well, such as brushing legs and arms with Berins wax to strip away unwanted hair and lathering faces with Image Skincare during facials and peels.
O-Lifting Advantage founder and head training coach Anna Martin has competed in Olympic Weightlifting events for more than 17 years, performing feats of strength that earned her a collegiate national championship in 2005. As a coach, she has worked with more than 30 national champions as well as numerous athletes at Oklahoma State University and Tulane University. This experience comes in handy in O-Lifting fitness classes, during which Martin sweats alongside students as she showcases a variety of Olympic-style exercise techniques. Strength and conditioning classes get participants in shape for a variety of sports, while Extreme Fit boot camp sessions combine cardio and weight-lifting exercises.
CrossFit Level 1–certified coach Jim taught his first classes in his own garage. Nowadays, he still teaches a range of classes—they're just performed in an actual fitness studio, which he has aptly named The Garage. There, he welcomes all fitness levels to experience the burn of functional exercises such as box jumps, Olympic ring work, and kettlebell swings. He also offers weight-loss support and encouragement to anyone who aspires to reignite their passion for fitness at the Garage. In order to give more attention and instruction to each exerciser, he keeps his class sizes small and periodically clones himself.
9Round strives to keep muscles guessing about what is coming next, so even though participants work out at nine fitness stations every time they come in, the course changes daily. Each station is designed to help bodies develop kickboxing skills and tone bodies in three-minute intervals. It may rely on everything from 100-pound punching bags to jump ropes to exercise balls to build strength, coordination, and core muscles.
Because 9Round doesn't have traditional classes, patrons can come in and work out whenever they want. An onsite trainer is also there to keep members motivated, especially when they would prefer to build a fort out of kettlebells instead.
Kosama's Complete Body Transformation program embraces the power of variety, perplexing muscles with distinct workouts across each week. The combined conditioning effects of kettlebell swings, kickboxing jabs, and yoga poses, among other exercises, banish calories as they streamline the body "from the core out" during group sessions. Instructors take an all-inclusive approach to health, building physical strength, mental focus, and wholesome eating habits, such as adding a parsley garnish to Cadbury crème omelets. They welcome participants of every age and build.