Since 2001, Stroller Strides' fitness professionals and buggy-bandying workouts have helped mothers to overcome the struggles of staying in shape while caring for a wee one. Specially trained instructors helm a series of 60-minute classes, which consist of a warm-up, a power walk, and interval stations where limbs stretch resistance tubes in body-toning drills. Energizing jaunts often utilize hills, benches, and other environmental facets to augment maneuvers. Throughout the routine, engaging songs and activities keep children from growing overly fussy or pranking classmates by tossing banana peels in front of their buggies.
“Our bodies were created to be active,” Roger Blackshear is quoted as saying on Blackshear Fitness’s website, adding that a sedentary lifestyle makes the body “soft, weak and totally unprepared for physical activity.” Blackshear, an NCCPT-certified personal trainer, knows about the body’s physical capabilities. Over the past 20-plus years, he’s wrestled, played semipro football, and developed a specialty for sports-performance training.
At his fitness facility, he and his staff nudge bodies into motion during private and group fitness training. They augment this training with nutritional advice and healthy, maintainable methods of losing weight, such as always putting your weight where the remote control goes.
For James Lucas, fitness has been a lifelong passion, beginning the moment he strapped on his first pair of running sneakers and growing as he went on to participate in sports and earn his trainer's certification from American Fitness Training of Athletics. He brings his enthusiasm and years of experience to AmourFit Personal Training, his private fitness studio. Amid the racks of free weights and professional exercise equipment in the bright space, James and his trainers conduct personal-training sessions for clients of all fitness levels, customizing workouts to accommodate goals such as weight loss, muscle toning, and core strengthening. The versatile instructors also offer nutritional counseling, aquatic therapy, and massage therapy.
Originally developed by the Soviet Union for cosmonauts, whole-body vibration and its health benefits are now accessible to anyone in short, 10-minute sessions. The device consists of a small platform that clients can stand, sit, or lay on as it vibrates. As muscles contract and work to keep the body in position, clients may see greater muscle tone over time, as well as possible improvements to arthritis, circulation, and flexibility. No change of clothes is necessary, as there tends to be no sweating during sessions, and use of the machine is appropriate for clients of any fitness level.
The mission of Glow Yoga Studio is for each class to feel relaxed and reflective, giving students a chance to clear their minds as they improve their flexibility and strength. This studio, tucked inside Riverside Jazzercise, has a small staff of three instructors, two of whom have backgrounds that include dance and a third who traveled to India to learn how to teach yoga. They lead all-levels classes in three practices: Hatha, deep-stretch, and a blend of Iyengar, Yin, and Anusara.
At Xtreme Solutions Gym, fast-paced, unorthodox workouts help clients break a sweat. Sean Lynch—a Desert Storm veteran with 12 years of experience in emergency medicine, a national competitive bodybuilder, and a wellness coach—helms the gym along with his son Nic. The duo tackles clients’ goals one-on-one during personal-training sessions or group together individuals for boot-camp classes. The two also offer nutritional consultations and coaching in bodybuilding and powerlifting. Additionally, Sean specializes in adapting these workouts for those with disabilities.