Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions.
At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 12 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
I am a mobile trainer. This means that I come to your house with all of the equipment that we would need to workout so you don't have the hassel of going to a gym. No contracts to sign, dealing with rude people or waiting for equipment! Just a personalized program that we will work on together in the privacy of your home.
No matter how different their students’ lives may be, Yoga Six’s teachers tease out common threads and knit them into a sense of community. Registered by the Yoga Alliance, they pursue goals such as freedom and intelligence while guiding yogis of all levels toward physical and emotional well-being. Whether leading group classes or private sessions, instructors impart pose modifications and gently adjust body alignment to promote safety and personal growth. Students bend and balance inside a pair of classrooms filled with warm, indirect light and tatami-mat flooring made from recycled, nontoxic materials. Instead of distracting classes with a rousing air-horn concert, the heating system quietly cultivates 102-degree temperatures for hot yoga routines. In addition to making muscles extra pliable, the heat helps bodies to sweat out toxins. Room-temperature classes range from slow and mellow restorative sessions to Y6 Barre workouts, which pair basic yoga poses with ballet-inspired isometrics and interval-training techniques. After class, students can socialize in a cozy lounge, unwind in private showers, or browse a boutique filled with yoga apparel, coconut water, and BPA-free water bottles.
For Fast Fitness Boot Camp’s Chad Skinner, exercise should feel more like play than work, even during intense physical challenges. Filled with obstacle courses, tug-of-war bouts, and games of catch, his 30-minute boot camps summon the fun of grade-school playgrounds even as they push exercisers toward goals and away from lost weekends with the Cookie Monster. Each session pairs cardio activities such as running and hiking with strength-training drills to melt calories and sculpt muscles. In between solo challenges such as pushups, squats, and jumping jacks, participants build friendships during partner activities that foster teamwork and boost energy levels. Personal-training sessions put exercisers up close and personal with Skinner, who coaches them through custom workouts while dispensing exercise tips, nutrition advice, and an abundance of motivation.
Todd Beckman, a three-decade veteran of the fitness industry, was curious to find out what works and what doesn't at big-name health clubs. After compiling his extensive research and drawing from his own experience, he set out to create the ideal gym. Hence, Xist Fitness was born. Beckman made sure to jam-pack the floors with rows of treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes, as well as to include a dimly lit Cardioflix cardio theater where members can distract themselves from their increased heartbeats by watching a movie or loudly guessing the dialogue before its spoken. Beckman also incorporated equipment designed to facilitate functional training workouts, including Power Systems and TRX training equipment.
Members who decide to upgrade can enjoy the facility's tanning services, massage beds, and red-light-therapy treatments.
For the staff at Flex Fitness Studio the goal is to show people how to get in shape and stay there. Certified personal trainers Brian Byrd, Stan Jackson, Shanika Ell, and Van Becker schedule boot-camp classes at parks throughout the area to get clients toward their fitness goals, be they losing weight, increasing athletic ability, or getting yelled at in an encouraging way. For postworkout guidance, certified health coach Michelle Murphy shares tips on making healthy diet and lifestyle choices that will boost the effectiveness of workouts and maintain their healthful results.