Tire flipping, weight heaving, and rope jumping. These are a few of the intense exercises of CrossFit that employs everyday movements. By using functional movements, GV Crossfit’s trainers ready their classes for all physical activities imaginable. It also enhances strength, speed, and agility. To keep their charges pumped and engaged, they also change the daily workout each day, staving off the boredom of repetition during group sessions where all involved motivate and inspire each other to reach and exceed fitness goals.
Randy Brown was overweight at 274 pounds and 44% body fat and felt uncomfortable with his body. When a friend encouraged him to try boot camp, he reluctantly joined. Through hard work and with support from his instructor, he transformed his body and felt better than ever before. Today, Randy is a certified personal trainer weighing in at 187 pounds with 7% body fat and wants to help others do what his instructor helped him to do years ago: get in shape, gain confidence, and whistle Beethoven's Symphony no. 9. Through the years, he has grown Brown's Boot Camp from one class of 25 students to 14 different camps, and some of his students have gone on to become personal trainers themselves, which speaks to the success of his workout regimen and the camp's communal atmosphere. Randy's program focuses on improving total fitness, which not only includes strength, cardio, and flexibility but also nutritional counseling. Brown also offers one-on-one personal training and chef services.
The trainers at Bodyzen Boot Camps know many workout environments can be intimidating. That's why their outdoor boot-camp sessions are brief, entertaining, and adaptable, featuring exercises with three stages of intensity to suit different strength levels. The 30- to 45-minute classes include kettlebell swings, cardio drills, and bodyweight moves designed to torch fat from physiques of all builds. During the camp's vigorous intervals, instructors patrol their troops with a personal trainer's eye and tailored advice. They continue the trend of individualized treatment after class, when they open the floor for questions and six-pack show-and-tell.
Though they devote much of their energy to fast-paced routines, staff members also highlight the value of proper nutrition. Each camper receives a nutritional manual and a six-week meal plan to guide eating escapades, and optional body-composition analyses keep them up-to-date with their own progress.
Founder Brianna Arndt dreamed of a place where her fellow citizens checked their stress at the door, engaging only in meditative exercise and relaxing spa treatments. So she got her hands on a 2,400-square-foot studio with new, polished hardwood floors and used her know-how as a registered yoga teacher and massage therapist to open Barefoot Studio. Brianna's business flourished in its first three years, the byproduct of her ability to blend an intimate knowledge of the body's workings into every class, choosing asanas that help relax, heal, or energize clients.
As a result of her success, Barefoot Studio opened a new studio on Oracle Road, giving clients two places to exercise and unwind. In addition to leading yoga classes, Brianna also employs massage to relax tense muscles and beautifies bodies with facials, pedicures, and waxing, proving to mannequins that humans can be perfectly smooth, too.
Since earning his fitness-trainer certification in 2002, Drew Lockhart has been helping his clients lead healthier lives through one-on-one training, nutrition counseling, and group sessions. His Group Fitness @ the Park program gets participants doing functional body-weight exercises—such as push-ups and pop squats—in local parks. By combining cardio, strength training, and core-work, Drew challenges every muscle group to fortify whole bodies, rather than just building up left forearms. By designing nutritious food plans, Drew helps his clients boost the results of their exercise routines. He's so committed to encouraging healthy eating that in 2011 he decided to do an experiment on himself to show the dramatic effects of diet on fat loss. He kept working out but ate all the food, junk food, and junk mail that he wanted. Then, for eight weeks, he kept up the exact same exercise regimen but started controlling his portions and eating healthier. He dropped 16 pounds in eight weeks—and totally replaced the potbelly he'd grown with the six-pack beneath.