Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each United States president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, Lucy's army of instructors guides participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.
In parks throughout the United States and Vancouver, Access Boot Camp's certified personal trainers continually perplex muscles with a new 60-minute routine each class. The drills blend resistance exercises with cardio routines such as running, calisthenics, and sparring against defibrillators, striving to shed fat and toughen physiques. Clients might wrestle against resistance bands, hoist small dumbbells, or partner up for bodyweight moves. In addition to holding personal-trainer certifications, every boot camp instructor has undergone Access's specialized, and because classes are capped at 20 students per trainer, attendees get plenty of face time and individualized tips. Friendly faux drill sergeants lead the alfresco workouts rain or shine, and only cancel classes during plagues of spandex-devouring locusts.
Having three sons himself, fitness guru Curtis Hoekstra understands how finding time to exercise can sometimes be difficult when juggling busy work and family schedules. That’s one of the reasons why he designed Rock Star Boot Camp’s workouts to be fast—each only 40 minutes along. But his interval-based “9xFit” training system isn’t for slouches, packing a mix of strength training, plyometrics, core conditioning, and other types of exercise into one dynamic session. Over the course of the workout, boot camp attendees will warm up with some calisthenics before launching into exercises tailored to their individual needs. Cardio training also factors in, eschewing treadmills and other machines in favor of metabolism-boosting bodyweight circuits. The co-ed fitness classes are held in an indoor/outdoor warehouse.
The trainers at Ultimate Body Boot Camp forage through the workout wilderness to curate a fitness omnibus. They pull from multiple exercise styles—including Pilates, plyometrics, kickboxing, yoga, and core work—to build workouts that combine the benefits of cardio and resistance training. This earned the program a top spot on Arizona Foothills magazine's Best of Our Valley list for 2012.
To keep clients' muscles from hitting the wall, getting bored, or taking off in the dead of night to pursue a career as an anatomy textbook model, coaches change the routine each class and give campers personalized tips to fuel individual journeys. Body-composition tests and nutritional plans augment the sessions, inspiring long-lasting habits for healthy physiques.
Floo-id Yoga's atmosphere radiates warmth in both the literal and figurative sense. Owner and certified yoga instructor Beth Beary takes a friendly and inclusive approach to each of her yoga classes. Whether they are performed in 97- to 105-degree heat or at room temperature, she welcomes students of all experience levels to hone their practice with her. During hot yoga and hot flow, the modern practice space warms up to help muscles melt deeply into stretches while preventing injury and detoxifying the body. The more gentle, slower-paced classes—such as restorative and yin yoga—utilize supportive props and a focus on meditation to nurture the body and mind while calming skittish spirit animals.
Metta Yoga?s Zuzana Kolinkova, star of the popular DVD The Art of Flow Yoga, helms a staff of seasoned instructors that spans two studio locations and leads indoor and outdoor classes steeped in several yoga traditions, including Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa. Metta Yoga offers a variety of new and unique classes such as Yoga Walk, Yoga Therapy, and Aqua Yoga at the Phoenician Pools. Classes at The Phoenician Spa?s Centre for Well-Being often take place outside, where students can exhale stress as they admire a relaxing landscape of palm trees, fountains, and spanish-tile rooftops. Spring-green walls and lush potted plants line the Phoenix studio, helping students enjoy nature and prevent shouting matches with raindrops.