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.
Making use of the motivation provided by friends and the beauty supplied by local parks, the duo of instructors behind ecoFit takes troupes of women outdoors for calorie-busting exercise in the sunshine. Wendy Welling, who is an ACT-certified personal trainer, and Stephanie Evans, who studied exercise physiology and nutrition at UC–Davis, lead their workouts multiple times a day, varying routines throughout the week to provide quick results in increasing their clients' general levels of fitness and ability to tell the difference between Monday and Tuesday while blindfolded. As a grateful gesture to the community spaces that make this type of exercise possible, ecoFit gives 2% of its annual revenue to Santa Rosa city parks and California State Parks organizations.
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.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms.
The Dailey Method appropriately takes its title from its creator's maiden name, since it’s born of the intersection of many forms of exercise in Jill Dailey McIntosh's life. She initially studied Pilates, privately training other teachers in the method before eventually opening a personal-training studio with a partner. One of her students introduced her to the Lotte Berk ballet-based fitness method, and Jill hurried to New York to study with some of the original teachers of the form. She brought home new exercise knowledge and a passion for group fitness classes, and she decided to combine Pilates and ballet-barre exercises into what became her signature form. Now, she and numerous instructors at multiple studios help people develop more fit bodies while maintaining excellent posture, leading to long-lasting health. Additionally, studios are equipped with full showers facilities and offer childcare during classes.
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.