Before he became a certified personal trainer in 2008, Daniel Cone served in the US Army for two years in an infantry division that specializes in parachute operations. Today, he uses his military training to lead boot-camp classes and personal-fitness programs at Xtreme Fitness. The indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes incorporate weight training and a range of exercises such as lunges, jumping jacks, and shoulder dips. Daniel or another certified instructor performs individual body adjustments throughout the class and modifies exercises in order to accommodate all fitness levels. Xtreme Fitness enhances personal-fitness programs with cross training, fitness evaluations, and nutrition and lifestyle coaching. For a more relaxing workout, clients can take a morning yoga class or do pushups during a bubble bath.
World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its Jacksonville Beach Boulevard location, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes, including yoga, spin, and Zumba, taught by certified trainers. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can linger at the smoothie bar to slurp up chilled energy, before retiring to steam rooms that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles.
Although Brandi Drye and her team at Peak Physiques JAX offer one-on-one workouts, their specialty is the group setting. Classes such as boot camp and TRX suspension training burn calories, improve conditioning, and strengthen the first thing employers look for in a new candidate: muscles. It's not all heavy lifting, though. Drye and company also schedule more rhythmically minded classes such as belly dancing, capoeira, yoga, and Zumba.
Pulse Fitness Center is owned and operated under the direction of board-certified physicians who know that nutrition is as critical for good health as knowledgeable staff and the latest equipment technology. A team of personal trainers—which includes a former professional football player and a former physical readiness instructor for the U.S. Army—guides fitness seekers toward their personal goals. The team counsels students on dietary habits and points them to machines with the Smart Key digital memory system, which, like a robot butler who has been around since childhood, remembers guests' personal preferences and physical activities. The center's TechnoGym equipment entertains patrons with personal TVs at each station, and an overhead sound system keeps the 10,000-square-foot space pumping with free weights and FreeMotion equipment.
Guests can drop kids off for childcare before classes ranging from TRX suspension training to Zumba sessions with dance moves set to Latin-inspired music. Licensed professionals at the medically directed center provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy at the in-house Harland Rehabilitation Clinic.
Owned by two doctors, Fit Life is dedicated to getting clients in shape and adding years to their lifespan. The certified fitness gurus—each accomplished athletes and bodybuilders in their own right—help achieve this goal by personalizing workout routines and nutrition plans for virtually every age and fitness level. Apart from personal training, visitors can work out freestyle with the studio’s panoply of weight machines and aerobic equipment or opt for community sweat sessions in Zumba, yoga, and fitness classes.