At The Performance Academy, a team that includes former college and professional athletes and sports-medicine physicians works hard to help young players reach their full potential. Sports-specific training is available for baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, and lacrosse, while other programs concentrate on helping athletes improve strength and agility, adopt better nutritional habits, or?with the Academy's resident Fascial Stretch Specialist?strike more flexible poses for trading-card photos. Programs and camps are available for guests as young as six, and adults without a sports-specific focus can also benefit from programs such as boot camp, TRX training, and flexibility training with a certified flexibility specialist.
At Life Time Fitness, the concept of fitness encompasses every aspect of physical health. The team of certified personal trainers and instructors can assess the mechanics of a basketball player’s jump shot, lead yoga and cardio dance classes, or recommend local triathlons to athletes of all ages. They can also shift the focus to nutrition, crafting custom plans for lowering cholesterol or catalyzing weight loss.
Without the crowds and distractions of a standard gym, clients at NuLevel Training can focus entirely on fitness. Nationally certified trainers Dawn Christley and Will Mann tailor workout plans to their clients' goals, but they know that exercise isn't all it takes to get in shape. That's why they also provide nutrition and lifestyle advice, and, most of all, motivation to power clients through it all.
Raleigh Barbell's intimate 864-square-foot training facility is home to Jackson Williams, who has more than a decade of experience coaching everyone from pro athletes to average joes. A former Division I athlete, Mr. Williams brings a passion for health and exercise to his group training sessions, and also works one-on-one with clients.
Though certified CrossFit coach Andrea Logan helps fit-seeking clients to turn their lives around, she's had her fair share of challenges to overcome. Logan struggled for 13 years with an eating disorder, but rather than kowtowing to adversity, she not only punched through her hurdles, but used them to further fuel their drive and study of fitness.
With 20 years of eclectic sports and training experience, her voice reverberates across CrossFit APx's no-frills facilities, motivating students through constantly changing routines of high-intensity workouts ranging from pull-ups to push presses. Each exercise is designed to jet-propel students into the CrossFit core skills of endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy, and remembering long lists. The center strives to create a strong sense of community among its students, welcoming new members of all ages and fitness levels and promptly squashing any unfriendly back-alley spelling-bee competitions.
Certified personal trainer Dawn Christley has experience as an independent trainer and staff member at mainstream gyms, such as Gold's and Lifetime Fitness, which has enabled her to amass 15 years' worth of wellness know-how. As the owner of Power Train, Dawn now helms original boot-camp classes for youths and adults that draw from numerous workout techniques such as P90X, kickboxing, and repetitious finger wagging. Her one-on-one sessions continue to inspire individual clients, and her small group courses and corporate programs fuel efforts toward communal health. Though she characterizes her coaching methods as "intense and relentless," supportive words and biweekly fruit-basket deliveries showcase her devotion to each patron's physical betterment.