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.
Judging from the amount of artificial turf growing inside Top Athlete Performance, it's safe to say owner Jonathan Rios and his team are serious about athletic training. Rios brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and credentials to the table—he's a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified master trainer. He also has a knack for wellness coaching and functional training, two cornerstones of the facility's sports performance program. The program, which is geared toward middle-school, high-school, and collegiate athletes and teams, aims to improve key athletic abilities such as strength, agility, and speed. For those who aren't looking to make a team or a hall of fame but still want to exercise, Top Athlete also offers personal training and adult fitness classes.
At 4 Ever Fitness, students work under the direction of a certified personal trainer and mixed martial artist who helps them redefine their fitness goals and turn their bodies into leaner forms. Participants work out in small classes of 20 or fewer pupils, which ensures each person receives ample one-on-one guidance during the high-intensity workouts, including kickboxing, boxing, and weight training. Self-defense courses help trainees protect themselves with law-enforcement-endorsed techniques, while corporate team-building exercises help coworkers boost morale, increase productivity, and build more stable human pyramids. For a holistic approach to body reinvention, clients can also use the Isagenix diet and exercise programs to further transform their bodies from the inside out.
Pilates enthusiasts might recognize Kahley Schiller from the cover of Pilates Style magazine, while pageant enthusiasts might recognize her as 2013's Ms. Kansas United States. It's not surprising that she's become so visible, as she's been involved with everything from releasing her own mat and reformer workout DVDs to training dancers for the popular Las Vegas show Le Reve.
At her own studio, Pilates by Kahley, she's taken her experience as a teacher of dance, aerobics, cardio, and Pilates and put together a diverse schedule of classes. Beyond Pilates staples such as mat and reformer sessions, students can also take jump-board cardio, power barre, and BOSU challenge classes.
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.
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.