When Bryan graduated from college, he was acutely aware of the weight he had put on and the general softness of his body. When he decided to get rid of it, he turned to CrossFit. The program gave him more than he bargained for, transforming him not just into his old, fit self, but into an actual athlete, unlike Bo Jackson. He rode the ensuing wave of inspiration to six different CrossFit certifications—such as weightlifting and gymnastics—acquired all over the country. He then opened his own associate training branch, Longwood CrossFit. Now, using the ever-varying regimen that transformed his own life, he helps students aged 12 to 66 with everything from improving sports performance to shedding stubborn pounds that fear being converted to euros.
Fitness fads are a dime a dozen. So when the Latin-inspired dance-fitness workout Zumba launched in 2001, some fitness pros and Sylvester Stallone enthusiasts probably scoffed. But the workout's continued popularity today proves that it's far from a fad. Newcomers can see for themselves at ZHealth, where owner Michele and her fellow certified Zumba instructors see that the workout is performed correctly. That means constant motion, upbeat music, and lots of burned calories.
Four levels of classes?Pee-Wee, Junior, Teen, and Adult?teach students how to karate chop their way through life. Instructors teach self-defense techniques and work to transform bodies into better shape. Individuals can earn eight belt colors while learning humility, self-control, and integrity.
With an aim toward avoiding that moment when you stare at endless rows of weights and cardio equipment and don’t know where to begin, the passionate fitness experts at Studio Fit have assembled a roster of group fitness classes that can help clients achieve their goals. On specialized wood flooring that helps protect knees and feet, students groove during Zumba classes or build muscle and core strength during BodyBlast. Studio Fit regularly updates its schedule with new classes so that clients can always try something new and keep their bodies guessing.
A 25-year veteran of the fitness industry and star of the 8 Minute Abs workout series, Jaime Brenkus knows a thing or two about what it takes to get in shape. His Slim & Fit program doesn't rely on strange diets or fad workouts to help clients get in shape—instead, it's centered around good nutrition, modifying harmful behaviors, and finding time-efficient workouts. At locations across the country, slim coaches help clients stick to their customized nutrition plans, and fit trainers encourage them through cardiovascular training and body-sculpting workouts. The Glenn Mills location is owned by 10-time marathoner Mike Bullinger—who loves to research new exercises for clients—and his wife, Ann Bullinger—a Doctor of Pharmacy who helps people live healthier as a slim coach.
With two locations, the Kirkwood Fitness and Racquetball Clubs allows guests of all fitness levels to work toward getting healthy with a range of amenities. Members can raise heart rates using cardio equipment, tone muscles during water aerobics classes, relax in the sauna, or sample a soothing yoga class. Personal trainers can work one-on-one with members to help customize a workout routine, or just supervise the overly confident free weights when they attempt to lift themselves.