Pole Expression founder Jennifer Wilkins blazes an alternative path to fitness by formulating pole-based workouts that are as fun as they are functional. A fitness columnist for Pole2Pole magazine who's also been on its cover, Wilkins has a strong industry presence that's won her and her method awards in Pole Dance International magazine for Best Instructor and Best Training Method. She's also a sponsor and a judge at the nation's largest pole-dancing championship.
Eschewing pole-bound acrobatics in favor of muscular isolations, the studio’s signature JW Pole Fitness classes utilize the signature support beam as a prop to help create muscle stability and burn calories, all without risk of injury. Because it doesn’t involve spins or inversions, the JW method is appropriate for students of any fitness level, and can even be employed to assist those overcoming injury or a childhood fear of lampposts. For those looking for a higher-energy exercise routine, pole-dancing classes exalt feminine curves through a graduated program that guides dancers from grounded moves to gymnastics-inspired toning to the saving of flags stuck high atop the Space Needle.
More traditional fitness comes in the form of Turbo Kick and yoga, which fosters flexibility through aligned posture and held poses, as well as Pilates classes, during which instructors target the torso's core muscles to boost bodily stability without fashioning toe rings made of lead. Check the studio's class calendar for a schedule of upcoming sessions.
Unlike jumping onto a treadmill, Fit Club Utah’s exercises require a little briefing. The instructor may explain, for example, just what one does with the giant sledgehammer resting on a recalcitrant-looking truck tire. But once the tutorials are through, students jump into high-octane action, swinging the hammer through the air and flipping the tire end over end to build rippling muscle and amp up cardio strength. To keep the sessions engaging, instructors create new routines, filled with box jumps and sprinting, and modify exercises to each client’s individual fitness level or desire not to sweat in their workout tuxedo.
Brett Rosen, the coach behind Integrated Sports Performance, sees an athlete in everyone. Each day, he works with students ages 8 and older on improving their athletic performance while reducing their risk of injury. To accomplish all that, he draws on knowledge acquired while earning his degrees in exercise science, nutrition and exercise, and psychology. He shares his helpful insights with a variety of students, which might be individuals, small groups, or sports teams. To make sure his students get the most out of his advice, he trains them in the group size that best fits their activity, allowing players to build camaraderie with their team or spend an intense, solo hour of exercise wishing they'd picked a team sport to play.
After turning in his marine uniform and becoming a full-time student, Tom often found that he didn't have time to exercise and cook nutritious meals. It was only after enlisting the aid of a fitness trainer that he was able to transform his eating habits and exercise his way back to sculpted muscles and chiseled abs. Today, Tom draws from his own fitness experiences and guides others at a his own training center—Trainer Zone Fitness. Within his professional studio, Tom conducts both small-group and personal-training sessions for fitness seekers of all abilities. He designs workouts to be creative and challenging, combining traditional weight, body-weight resistance, interval, cardio, and flexibility exercises into dynamic routines.
The workouts at Revolver Strength and Conditioning are intense, but the students have no reason to be intimidated. That's because all the exercises––be they box jumping, heavy lifting, or rope climbing––are scaled to meet the fitness levels of each individual. Expert instructors mix up the routines each day to keep muscles from reaching a plateau or wandering off altogether. They also focus on raising energy levels and encouraging community mindedness to keep students accountable to their fitness goals.
Trainer Chelsea Rupp warns all her potential students that CrossFit might become an addiction. When she first started training five years ago, she was astounded and enthralled by its challenging and effective workouts, and was instantly hooked. After receiving her Level 1 CrossFit certification, Chelsea and her partners founded her own CrossFit gym?CrossFit GSL?where she and a team of enthusiastic trainers lead students of all levels in the high-intensity, ever-changing routines. Surrounded by the colorful flags and bright walls of their studio, the trainers guide students through warm-ups and functional workouts, scaling the drills' intensity to accommodate varying fitness levels. They encourage each student to push past their previously set boundaries as they heave barbells and kettlebells, jump rope, hop on large wood blocks, and toss medicine balls. The supportive instructors dole out nutritional guidance as well as postworkout recovery tips, such as techniques for therapeutic stretches and tips for mending shirts torn apart by bulging muscles.