After Randy Woody lost his aunt and grandmother to diabetes and obesity, he became increasingly distressed about his own 320-pound frame. He began researching weight loss and strength training and set to work creating a healthier lifestyle for himself—all at the age of 13. Over the years he was able to whittle away 145 pounds, and eventually became a personal trainer, competitive bodybuilder, and member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He teamed up with Brenda Woody, a fitness trainer and motivational speaker, to start Michigan Women Boot Camp, a weight-loss program that has transformed the lives and bodies of more than 10,000 clients.
Six days a week, the indoor boot-camp sessions challenge students with a rotating lineup of light running, resistance training, obstacle courses, and core exercises. Like scaffolding that reads only transcendentalist literature, the environment is supportive, yet serious. The Woodys only expect campers to perform to their individual ability level, but they ask students to show up as often as five times a week to get real results. The approach must be working; the Woodys boast that approximately 85% of their members are repeat visitors.
Fitzone for Women’s 14 locations across Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan beckon ladies of all ages and fitness levels to sweat side-by-side during supportive group classes and workouts. Each location hosts 20-minute circuit-training sessions that incorporate Nautilus machines, which increase weight in 1-pound increments, rather than the traditional 10 pounds. Fitness professionals work hand-in-hand with members to design a personalized workout plan, while group classes get bodies in shape with high-energy sessions of Zumba, strength training, kickboxing, and running away from a giant boulder rolling downhill. Fitzone for Women’s specially designed windows simultaneously let in sunlight and block views into studio from the outside, and its locker rooms have private dressing stations for an extra ounce of comfort.
Before Nick Lopez was a certified personal trainer, he was by his own admission overweight. But instead of seeking a quick fix for his weight-loss woes, he began the painstaking process of researching and experimenting with different exercises until, eventually, the numbers on the scale became smaller and smaller. His findings helped him lose 80 pounds and ultimately turned into the fitness blueprint for his boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions at Weapons 4 Weight Loss. The evolving workouts consist of functional movements such as running, lunges, and maneuvering through an obstacle course without being voted off by viewers at home.
Head instructor Jeff Emmerling—a black belt in freestyle karate—and Joseph Robinson—a personal trainer and a practitioner of all arts martial—throw their stockpile of disciplines into Clubkickbox's ring. The two turn mealy-muscled students into kicking and jabbing dynamos, outfitting fists and feet with power-ups honed over thousands of years by traditions such as muay thai, and Indonesian silat. Sessions engage students with rigorous kickboxing and fitness training that eschews the stuffy, traditional uniforms in favor of comfortable T-shirts and exercise shorts. Students cinch up boxing gloves or forearm-length pads before stepping onto the mats to spar or play the most frustrating game of patty-cake ever while trimming fat, boosting cardio, and leveling up muscle.
World of Pole’s instructors help people boost health and self- confidence in a variety of fun-centered fitness classes. Pole-fitness classes tailored to men and women combine sensual dance moves with full-body exercises that strengthen muscles and improve coordination. Meanwhile, Zumba fuses fun dance steps with Latin beats that keep students so entertained, they hardly know they're burning calories. Instructors also host a bevy of other fun fitness classes, including Hoopnotica hoop dance that leads students through graceful choreography with the aid of a hula hoop, Glide-n-Tone sessions that strengthen muscles thanks to moveable discs, and trapeze classes that instill the circus attraction's basic techniques while building up core muscles and the ability to tame lions.
Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness's staff of instructors enhances fitness via a robust schedule of lessons conducted in a welcoming, constructive atmosphere. Give your physique a once-weekly firming with the Pilates fundamentals class, a holistic approach to fitness designed to hone core strength, flexibility, and posture, or attack calories in a fast-paced kickboxing course incorporating hand weights and floor work. Pilates courses are offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., and kickboxing classes are offered Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., allowing workers out to sweat away the stress of the office and its high-pressure conference-room Scattergories tournaments.
The certified instructors at Harvest Healthy Kids shepherd budding gastronomes through cooking classes designed to impart techniques for planning and preparing nutritious meals and snacks. These child-focused staffers aim to help pupils to become health-conscious culinarians, mentoring them as they prepare dishes using wholesome ingredients and kitchen utensils that are provided on site. In addition to perfecting egg-cracking dexterity, pint-sized sous chefs brandish a range of scholastic skills during cooking regimens—utilizing mathematics while measuring ingredients, applying science while liquefying solid foods, and honing reading abilities while deciphering hidden messages in alphabet soup. Between stirs and simmers, teachers helm thoughtful discussions about the food groups and the importance of eating nutrient-rich meals devoid of unhealthy additives and Play-Doh asafetida.