Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Vibrant graffiti art scrawls across the walls of Club X Fitness, which enclose upon a bustling space decked out with exercise mats and dangling punching bags. Instructors lead students through a range of martial-arts-based fitness classes, including muay thai, boxing, and kickboxing. They only lead classes that adhere to official Olympic-style techniques, as the gym is a member of both USA Boxing and the International Amateur Boxing Association, This highly skilled team also offers youth boxing classes, where they’ll guide tots and teens through exercises and proper form, teaching them how to cultivate healthy fitness habits and defend themselves against bullies or rouge IRS agents looking to take their lunch money.
Meanwhile, vibrant music reverberates off of the wall-to-wall mirrors of a separate training studio, where licensed instructors lead Zumba and hip-hop-inspired dance classes atop hardwood floors.
Nikki Warren recognized a need in her community for a fitness program where women of all fitness levels and ages could let their hair down and workout without fear of being judged as unfeminine. She decided to fill that void herself by starting a tough, no-frills, and functional intense training program for women only. Rounding up some of the best practices and Schwarzenegger-esque one-liners from her career in fitness, Warren and her trainers helm rigorous, yet individualized indoor and outdoor regiments, keeping each member of the group in mind to ensure nobody gets left behind. They provide goal sheets to let each person know what exercises they should focus on during each one-hour class, as well as personalized meal plans designed to help generate results outside the gym.
Staci Fiori understands the struggle to lose weight as well as anyone—she's lived it herself. As a social worker, her health took the backseat to helping others. But Staci knew she couldn't continue to ignore her own health issues, which included a lifelong struggle with weight. So she started eating better, hiking, taking fitness classes, and even working with a personal trainer. Eventually, Staci became the personal trainer herself. Today at Fiori Fitness Training, Staci guides others to the same healthy lifestyle she found more than a decade ago. Sometimes that involves personal training, but exercisers also visit Staci for group training, fitness classes, and six-week workout challenges.
Founded by Lisa Druxman after the birth of her son, Stroller Strides was Lisa's answer to an eternal maternal question: How do I squeeze fitness into a day packed with childcare? The program's three fitness programs provide solutions, striving to help moms to maintain and build fitness from pregnancy onward. All participants at Stroller Strides can join the complimentary Plum Moms Club for more activities with their child, moms' nights out, and play dates for little ones, giving their invisible friends a welcome time to nap. The program helps to build moms' health and the bond with their children at more than 1,200 locations in the United States, as well as centers in Japan and Puerto Rico.