Looking at Marty Velasco now, it's hard to believe that he once struggled with his weight. Though Marty may be muscular and slim today, his history gives him a unique understanding of the hardships faced by those trying to lose weight. This understanding fuels his determination to help others at his private fitness studio.
At Fitness Edge, Marty and his staff help clients on the road to health and weight loss with group fitness classes and personal training. Within the colorful studio, or at outdoor locations in Rocky River Park, the staff leads students of all fitness levels in full-body circuit-training workouts. Sessions might call upon strength-building kettlebell exercises, natural bodyweight resistance, and cardiovascular conditioning exercises, and trainers help their students continue the work at home with nutritional counseling and meal plans. The staff is committed to creating a friendly environment for their students; they welcome all newcomers with an orientation, where they demonstrate what to expect from the program, tour the facility, and ritualistically hand crochet students' names into their sweatbands.
"Fitness made personal" is the motto at Tru Cor Fitness?which makes sense considering founders Corbin and Dane were personal trainers long before they were gym owners. In designing their fitness facility, the duo knew they wanted to create a place that blended the amenities of a large gym with the look and results-oriented approach of a private health club. As such, those who come to Tru Cor will find an expansive list of Cybex training equipment, cardio machines, and free weights, as well as spacious and meticulously maintained locker rooms, and, of course, one-on-one and small group personal training options. In addition, members also have access to a number of group fitness classes ranging from body combat?which is similar to boot camp?to tabata 20/10, where exercisers alternate between 20 seconds of intensive activity and 10 seconds of rest, just like people who play musical chairs for a living.
Under the guidance of owner Tracy McMahon, the fitness instructors at Everyday Active Fitness help clients reach personal health and fitness goals. Fitness classes for participants of all age groups tailor exercise regimens to challenge each individual to strive for optimal health.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Each one of our classes is designed to give you variety. No class will ever be the same, so you never know what you're going to have thrown at you.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
People try to take on too much when the go it alone. Our instructors can scale down any program to fit any level of fitness so that you can still move the next day.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
In 2002, after hitting 250 pounds, I decided I needed a change. I started watching my diet and exercising. In 2009, I earned my group fitness instructor certificate. After my first Warrior Dash in 2012, I realized that helping others to accomplish their goals was what I wanted to do with my life.
Equipment: CAP barbells, CAP medicine balls, stability balls, and punching bags
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, and boxing gloves for kickboxing class
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
The Source Yoga Studio empowers visitors to increase their life satisfaction through yoga, fitness classes, and life-coaching services. Yoga classes for guests of all experience levels calm minds and bodies while moving through a series of poses, and fitness classes range from group fitness sessions to Latin-inspired Zumba dance. The studio also offers life coaching aimed at helping clients discover direction as well as health and wellness coaching designed to improve diet and lifestyle.
Joe Butler doesn't do things halfway. When he wanted to learn to be a physical trainer, he went to LA, trained with some of the top trainers in the world, and began training pro athletes and movie stars. Then he opened his own personal training gym, where he assembled a team of trainers with a combined 200 years of training experience. These days, he and his trainers lead guests of all fitness levels through training programs that include boot-camp, speed-and-agility, and RX Fit classes. Every student who walks into Prescription Fitness is treated to a health assessment and goal-setting consultation, allowing clients to slim down, bulk up, or prep for javelin season.