The certified and degreed trainers of Body Evolution don't judge themselves by their personal accomplishments, but by their clients' results. Body Evolution trainers know that every person is mentally and physically different, so no single fitness approach will work for everyone. Trainers Vince Hogue and Tristen Hines also adhere to this principle, and use their experience to draft workout regimes that inspire clients, nurture their health, and reduce daydreams of owning a house made of Twinkies. To ensure he continues to give clients an optimal workout, ACE nationally recognized and CPR/AED-certified trainer Walt Fleitz regularly attends seminars and studies new methods. His favorite quote from Maya Angelou sums up his beliefs the best: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Results by Design Fitness whips members into shape with boot-camp classes that blend personal attention, careful guidance, and custom fitness plans. After a fitness assessment by a trained staff member, campers can attend an unlimited number of 45-minute indoor sessions within a month. The motivating coaches design the intense, varied workouts to help students increase strength, stamina, and the ability to brag to sedentary and athletic friends alike. Held at 6:15 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, classes are limited to 15 participants to ensure focused attention and eliminate 16th wheels.
Owltree Yoga aims to stretch bodies and connect families with yoga classes centered on substantiating interpersonal relationships. Grown-ups looking to jointly strengthen their body and mind can enjoy Vinyasa-inspired classes for adults, which tap into deep internal strength and compassion reservoirs to fortify yoga fundamentals for all skill levels. The experienced instructors also have a range of backgrounds in social service, ranging from public health to special needs to saving Lorax kittens from truffula trees—experience that allows them to better lead parent and child classes. The mommy & me classes are designed for moving and non-moving babies and focus on building inner and outer strength after the arrival of a child, while toddler classes aim to acquaint tots with their bodies and motor skills. For older kids, Owltree's classes can defuse stress and aggression while promoting relaxation and leisure. Consult the schedule for class times.
Yoga For Real’s Cheri Harvey radiates lighthearted humor and a positive attitude as she guides students toward inner peace, spiritual epiphanies, and supportive friendships with fellow yogis. Harvey draws upon her extensive training to lead Hatha and Kundalini classes filled with classic poses, deep-breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. To promote safe exercise, she emphasizes proper alignment frequently—during stretches, standing poses, sun salutations, and whenever students need to parallel park—and happily modifies movements to suit each student's strength and flexibility.
Intent on fueling students’ personal growth, Harvey supplements her workouts with workshops on topics such as controlling clutter and setting boundaries with friends and family, as well as couples yoga. She also leads private sessions geared toward helping trainees reach goals such as building home-based yoga practices or shaking up future business meetings with unexplained breathing demonstrations.
If the mere sight of Cristopher Reed’s biceps doesn’t convince you of his passion and knack for physical fitness, he might convince you with his abundance of certifications—from a bachelor’s degree in exercise science to his professional membership with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Reed has worked in the fitness industry since the age of 14, taking on such diverse roles as corporate personal trainer, boot-camp instructor, and high-school wrestling coach. Today, he owns and operates Ascend Fitness, a large private-training studio.
Stacked with professional-fitness equipment and free weights, the gym hosts personal-training sessions, boot camps, and fitness classes. It also has a wrestling club for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Reed also takes his services outside the club. He conducts personal-training sessions in customers’ homes, offices, or the 19th century poetry section of their local libraries—which typically have the heaviest volumes for lifting.