Doug Piller, the trainer at CrossFit Go Time, believes every person can become fitter, stronger, and healthier. A Marine Corps captain, he offers personal training, group classes, and diet and nutrition coaching at CrossFit Go Time, scaling workouts to fit each individual and providing support, encouragement, and that much-needed kick in the behind during challenging workouts.
Certified personal trainer Corey Butts blends strength training, agility exercises, and TRX suspension into one intense class. The class caters to students of all levels who want to build strength by swinging kettlebells, improve balance by lifting against their own body weight, and boost their speed by sprinting through courses.
Jaylin Allen may be a certified member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a personal trainer with 12 years of experience, but the last thing she wants is for her resumé to intimidate clients. She and her trainers strive to make their small-group Bootique Fitness camps fun and friendly, fostering a team spirit while tailoring exercises to the fitness level of each individual. To maximize results, they avoid boring, repetitive exercise, which has a tendency to strain joints and turn the mind into crusty oatmeal. Instead, they revise their regimen daily, blending functional movement training into calisthenics and body-weight resistance exercises.
As they learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts, students of Primal Training Center practice in an environment concerned with safety. Nearly every square inch of Primal Training Center's studio is covered in padding—from the floor to the walls, to the pillars supporting the ceiling. This cushioned environment reduces the risk of injury for beginners not used to flailing their limbs in unfamiliar territory. To assist with training, professional heavy bags rest at the side of the room just waiting to absorb punishment as practitioners pour their daily stress into every leathery smack.
The instructors at Strive! Personal Training Studios take their fitness mantra so seriously, they have managed to break a Guinness World Record in the process. In July 2011, instructors hosted the world’s largest physio-ball exercise class at Qualcomm Stadium, urging on hundreds of participants as they completed crunches, pushups, and core work on the stadium’s green grass fields. Back at their studio, trainers exhibit the same zeal for their work, combining functional exercises with yoga and Pilates to build an exercise program suited to each individual and their propensity to run across yards guarded by dogs. As a part of each student’s personal-training program, instructors also provide exercises to be performed at home, along with detailed nutritional guidance. Trainers track each client’s progress, measuring body fat, weight, and fitness levels monthly, and also work with top-tier college athletes to get them to the next level.
Regenerative Health and Fitness’s founder and trainer warns potential trainees that if they want to be treated like any other client, they should probably seek a different wellness coach. That is because he devotes the time and attention necessary to know all his clients and develop personalized plans that address fitness on all levels. It is with this dedication at heart that he conducts complimentary two-hour assessments before prescribing group- or personal-training sessions, both of which are offered onsite.