Extreme Fitness Boot Camp guides clients toward trimmer frames with a medley of ACE-certified programming and nutritional guidance. The fitness gurus' personalized approach to all-around health begins with assessments, which isolate muscular imbalances and help trainees plot weight-loss goals. Boot-camp and personal-training sessions then lead trainees through plyometrics, core, and bodyweight exercises, plus special guest appearances by hip-hop- and Zumba-inspired steps. At home, clients further fitness excellence by leveraging recorded measurements, supplemental routines, and dietary tips on how to eat well instead of eating tire irons.
Instructors at Yellow Rose Yoga lead a variety of classes ranging from gentle and meditative to challenging. During the gentle yoga classes, instructors slowly work to increase students' range of motion and their strength with modified poses and postures. The vinyasa yoga class, however, challenges students with flowing poses and the upper bodywork strengthening sun salutations.
Nick Parker, a certified celebrity personal trainer who has appeared on FOX, Good Morning America, and a range of other media outlets, partners with a team of able coaches to propel exercisers of all levels toward slimmer, healthier bodies. Five days a week, the crew leads boot camps designed to promote weight loss and tone muscles throughout the body. Most sessions incorporate cardio, which burns calories, and strength training, which increases lean muscle mass and the possibility of making a bull run from you. The staff encourages camaraderie and a mutually supportive environment during especially tough drills, which can forge bonds that may lead to friendships. Coaches also provide inspiration by varying the workouts, cultivating a welcoming atmosphere, and praising participants as they chase down their fitness goals.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on location. Check the class schedule for the Danbury location here, or for the North Branford location here.
Certified personal trainer Robert Schwartz wasn't always blessed with such a rippling physique. Before he started getting serious about training, he had a hard time running down the street without his fingers and toes swelling up. That's all a distant memory now, thanks to his dedication to an intense fitness regimen that helped him lose 100 pounds and get in the best shape of his life.
At RS Fitness for Life, Robert shares his proven workout strategies with others through boot camps and one-on-one personal-training sessions. His boot camps may involve everything from weightlifting to kickboxing, but the overarching focus is always on a high-intensity workout. Robert knows that fitness isn't limited to the gym, so he also offers nutritional and lifestyle counseling to interested clients.
When it comes to defending yourself from an attacker, a split-second decision can make all the difference. The instructors at Nelumbo Jiu-Jitsu ensure that you're prepared to make that decision, but only after they give you the tools to defend yourself. Chief among those tools are the grappling techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, a self-defense martial art favored by many law-enforcement agencies and military branches. If you wish to further expand your repertoire, Nelumbo also offers classes in judo and submission grappling.
The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse—here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness—from power to cardiovascular endurance—through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete—a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.