Sheltering Arms' boot-camp classes whip clients into shape with strength-and-cardio circuit training, and Athletic Republic Acceleration Richmond's individually designed, sport-specific training programs help athletes ages 8 and up play to the best of their ability and avoid injuries. The sports-training option combines high-tech equipment, expert guidance, and hard work to mold baseball, football, track and field, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, baseball, or fast-pitch softball jocks into superhero versions of themselves. Instructors lead students through pre- and post-performance tests of abilities and strengths, as well as an analysis of running form.
President Allison Andrews culls a diverse pool of fitness experts to lead her programs—the roster includes a registered USA boxer, a second-degree martial arts black belt, and a former university baseball player. Though they each boast their own specialties, they find commonality in their certifications from nationally recognized groups, such as NASM and NSCA. During in-home personal-training sessions and outdoor boot-camp classes, they customize workout routines, adjusting their drills to suit most experience levels and the unique boiling point of every client's sweat.
There is no “standard” workout at Stride Club. Instead, trainers cater to the different needs of each client with their more than 15 program options. Some predesigned personal-training programs include the Wedding Planner, which helps clients slim down before their wedding days; the Pre/Postnatal, which helps women safely stay in shape throughout the stages of pregnancy; and the Sports Specific, which helps athletes such as football players and wrestlers improve their math skills. In addition to their one-on-one sessions, the trainers lead group fitness classes that help build overall muscle tone with moves suitable for all levels of fitness. Natural light filters into the studio, adding an invigorating burst to workouts.
Sherma Francis founded Diva Fitness because she wanted women to have a holistic alternative to the gym. That explains why the boot-camp classes are held outdoors, but the workouts aren’t just an opportunity to admire the fresh air and blue skies. Francis is a certified fitness and spinning instructor, and her intense cardio and strength-training exercises are designed to whip bodies into shape fast. In addition to boot camps at public parks, she offers at-home personal-training sessions for exercisers who prefer to work out in private or are afraid of being distracted by cute baby deer.
At Shockoe Bottom CrossFit, the focus is always on the functional cross-training exercises that make up each CrossFit workout. In the spartan 2,500-square-foot space, Shockoe Bottom CrossFit's trainers show newbies the ropes during Fundamentals classes, and everyone gets the chance to tackle the constantly changing Workout of the Day. Classes are capped at eight to ensure more personalized attention, with each exercise scalable to a person's physical abilities. Aside from CrossFit classes, the facility also offers yoga classes and massages.
Thoroughbred Fitness & MMA has a completely new definition for the Kentucky Derby. An elite MMA training center that specializes in competition and weight loss, it has developed an intense heavy workout called “The Kentucky Derby.” It’s designed to help athletes get into fighting shape. The trainers also supplement this training with boot-camp workouts, cross training, and fighting classes in boxing and kickboxing. They have personal trainers at the ready to assist clients in achieving their goals, whether they want to step into the cage, drop a few pounds, or transform their entire bodies.