Jacqui Bergmann had a lot to contend with—a divorce, depression, and a two-packs-a-day smoking habit. As she drove her son to the gym, she wondered what she should do to turn her life around. As it turns out, the answer was at the gym. Watching her son take a boxing lesson, Jacqui decided she wanted to give it a try. She traded her cigarettes for boxing gloves and felt her negative thoughts fade away to be replaced by a sense of confidence and empowerment.
Today, as owner of Glove Game Boxing, Jacqui gives guests this same feeling of empowerment through 30- and 60-minute boxing classes. Her team of trainers holds group and one-on-one lessons for men and women of all ability levels and goals, whether they just want to get in shape or to compete in amateur or professional circuits. They teach the same exercises used to drill the gym's pro pugilists—students learn about punching combinations, for example, and the importance of throwing at the X on King Hippo's stomach. The trainers emphasize proper form and technique so participants get the most out of each workout while minimizing the chance of injury. They also offer special training packages, including parent-child, postbaby, and wedding-day-countdown boot camps. To keep clients focused on the training and not the paperwork, Jacqui forgoes things such as long-term contracts and membership fees.
During his childhood in West Africa, Amen Iseghohi learned life lessons from two main sources: his grandmother and the tires in his backyard. His grandmother taught him that the spiritual and physical are intertwined, and his workouts with tires supported her theory. By persevering when their weight exhausted him, he learned the importance of soldiering on even when a task seemed impossible, a lesson that has stayed with him through his workouts and beyond.
Nowadays, at his Phoenix fitness studio, Amen imparts these same lessons to Americans with minimalist workouts that are accessorized only by his childhood nemesis: tires. These particular tires, which are meticulously cleaned, build strength, speed, flexibility, and balance, as well as teach the most important skill of all?the ability to defend yourself against on out-of-control tire swing. Amenzone also offers the opportunity for fitness fans to join the Training Tour for LIfe, hitting cities across Southwest including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tucson, and Chandler. The Training for LIfe tour hosts fitness events featuring DJ-spun music, back-to-the-basics workouts, and opportunities to give to the Amenzone Foundation, supporting the fight against childhood obesity.
Created by renowned fitness expert Jaime Brenkus, the man behind the 8 Minute Abs workout videos, the Slim & Fit approach to wellness is much more than a diet. Certified Slim Coaches and Fit Trainers helm weekly weigh-ins and exercise sessions, slinging encouragement that’s grounded in their commitment to cultivating permanent behavioral change. Fueled by a passion to help others achieve their goals, Cathy Lombardo, along with her husband Chris, decided to bring Brenkus’s philosophy to their community. After cutting the ribbon, a ceremony that Brenkus himself attended, Cathy got busy putting her experience as an all-American track-and-field athlete to use guiding others toward overall well-being.
In addition to the hunger-curbing six meals a day that participants enjoy on the 4-2 Slim Plan, exercisers burn calories during Brenkus's Fitness Fusion workout via resistance, cardio, and strength training. The system's patented portion-control plate demonstrates the appropriate amount of food to eat or store in second stomachs for the approaching winter months.
As a 23-year-old junior, Tom Hatten didn’t spend his evenings at the raucous parties or ice-cream socials associated with college life. Instead, he’d spend the waning hours of his evenings waiting by the dryer for the last batch of towels before collapsing into bed. In the morning, he would lug them to Mountainside Fitness, the gym he opened as a student that he has thrown all his energy into maintaining ever since.
Today, the humble 4,800-square-foot space has bloomed into nine gyms that average a sweeping 41,000 square feet. Tom’s vision of creating a friendly neighborhood gym that greets each guest with a warm towel underscores every decision he makes for the different locations, from the colorful kid-care spaces to the entertaining group fitness classes. Personal trainers plan regimens tailored to each client, helping them lose weight, build muscle, or target the muscles that will help build a better golf game. Clients can create their own routines with the help of cardio and weight machines, or explore the different amenities at each location, such as saunas, rock-climbing walls, and indoor basketball courts.
Founded in 2010 by Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis, Zone Athletic Performance is result-driven training facility geared toward meeting the needs of both elite, pro athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. Their certified staff of performance coaches, a licensed massage therapist, and a chiropractor tend to full-body well-being with signature workouts and treatments in a 13,000-square-foot facility. They keep bodies guessing with new workouts revealed during one of 40 ZoneFit classes offered per week that challenge each trainee no matter his or her fitness goals. The 60-minute long classes use a variety of equipment and exercises, making clients work the whole body to build lean muscle mass and improve flexibility, core strength, and overall conditioning. When not helping amateurs build muscle and tone their bodies, the staff caters to professional athletes who stop by for off-season training.
While most kids his age were building dexterity in the thumbs they used to play arcade machines, future Impact founder Steve Fischkin was building his muscles. At the age of 16, he was a national title-holding body builder. But shortly thereafter, an injury led to a loss of motivation, and Steve gained more than 100 pounds. On the long road back to health and fitness, he had an epiphany: The real goal should be staying fit for life, not relying on fad workouts and diets to lose weight quickly.
The program he developed balances sweat and dedication with lighthearted activities. Steve believes that if people don’t find a way to enjoy working out, they’re going to stop doing it. A typical boot-camp-style workout at his studio balances intense kettlebell swings and core work with agility training that involves foam projectiles from a Nerf gun. In addition to group training, Impact members enjoy private coaching sessions, goal-setting strategies, personalized nutritional guidance, and a personalized message sent back in time from a future president.