Greg Beitling refused to stay idle while Americans' lifespans shortened due to obesity-related diseases. Instead, he founded Lit Fitness to help the community retool its approach to eating and exercise. The studio specializes in what they call Large Group Training, or LGT, which challenges students to intense regimens of calisthenics, weightlifting, and short bursts of cardio. Beitling draws upon certifications in personal training and strength-and-conditioning instruction to build workouts that maximize calorie burning and increase lean-muscle mass to help jump-start metabolisms. In addition to increasing their strength, endurance, energy, and flexibility, participants can win prizes such as cash and skinny jeans by tackling the goals they set along the way. Like a trip to the beach with a very modest mermaid, each camp lasts about 50 minutes and requires an ample supply of water and towels. Many of the studio's programs also include nutritional components, which range from healthy-eating workshops to meetings with a dietitian.
The health-centric twosome of Brad (a certified personal trainer who has helped his clients lose over 2,000 pounds combined) and his athletic anima Jen (a nutritional specialist who builds realistic and effective diets and teaches yoga and Pilates) operates out of an impressive studio—aptly named "The Sweatshop"—fully outfitted with professional equipment and all accessories needed to transform your body into whatever shape or scent you desire. Your two personal training sessions start with an initial consultation, during which Brad and Jen will develop training exercises geared toward goals such as weight loss, speed, agility, and the ability to lift cars off trapped kittens and hurl them at supervillains. Brad's fitness philosophy adheres to the tenets of functional training, which focuses on stabilizing the abdominal and lower-back muscles to limit the risk of injury and support all other muscle groups.
Led by the experienced fitness guru Ryan Layman and his troop of knowledgeable trainers, Longview Recreation Center's boot camp motivates participants with peer power and intense physical exercises that last 30–45 minutes. Like Christmas sweaters and the length of fingers, no two workouts are ever the same. This boot camp adheres to the mind-body fusion approach, which strategically uses your own body weight in a combination of balance, resistance, cardio, sweaty camaraderie, and yoga stretching. For best Baconnaise-burning results, the professional motivators at Longview recommend attending boot camp two to three times a week. Check out the schedule to determine the best time (morning or night) and place (indoor or outdoor classes) to receive your swift kick in the pantaloons.
Staffers describe Life Transformation Fitness as "an exclusive fitness facility with the amenities of a large facility. When members swipe their key fobs to enter the 24-hour gym, or wrap up a workout with smoothie or sauna session, they'll begin to see why. The facility is designed to be a flexible space that makes working out easy. Amenities range from the small details, like the personal TVs stationed at every cardio machine, to the Kids Club, which keeps littler visitors occupied instead of being confused for dumbbells. During personal training sessions, participants receive iPad-friendly guidance with help from the facility's Activtrax progress-tracking system. But perhaps the gym's most prized facility is its spacious interior itself. Airy and brimming with top-notch equipment, the space makes it easy for clients to curate their own routines and exceed fitness goals.
At KC Speed & Sport, even 7-year-olds can follow the regimen of an Ultimate Athlete. That program focuses on five major elements of impressive sports performance: an invigorating warm-up, speed, strength, core work, and mobility. The staff—which includes former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Brad Cottam—adjusts the training to suit age groups from rookie (ages 7–11) to adult, conditioning their muscles and reflexes for future games. However, the programs aren't solely physical: they also concentrate on building coveted character traits, such as discipline and a respect for teamwork.