Heidi Braun discovered the concept for Thank Dog! Bootcamp in Fitness magazine, and thought it the perfect fit for herself and her high-energy border collie, Maggie. She traveled to beautiful downtown Burbank to check out the program in person, and decided that she wanted to become its ambassador in Ohio. She got her ISSA personal training certification, and began recruiting humans and dogs to join her on her new mission.
During a class, Heidi teaches her students an entire suite of circuit-training exercises designed to be performed outdoors in the natural beauty of parks. Simultaneously, she instructs their canines, training them to respond to nine different commands as issued by their owners. This regimen has the added benefit of teaching pooches to be calm in the presence of other dogs without feeling the need to growl, mark territory, or play poker.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
The personal trainers at AMP Fitness believe that all workouts should be catered to each individual guest based not on personal experience but on anatomy. With that philosophy in mind, they offer 30- or 60-minute completely customizable one-on-one sessions with guests according to their fitness goals. They also use MyZone, a heart rate and calorie-based monitoring system that utilizes cardiac telemetry combined with online accountability and feedback, to help clients track their progress.
After 20 years of college athletics, triathlons, and personal training, Yana Salwan discovered that her high-impact workouts were ravaging her back and joints. Barre workouts, inspired by moves from classical ballet, helped Yana transform her body, striking a balance between strength and flexibility. Now Yana shares this restorative workout in her intimate, female-only boutique studio. Each precisely choreographed barre workout employs muscle-sculpting movements, yoga stretches, and Pilates core work to create long, lean muscles and sculpted bodies. Among the many health benefits of barre workouts, they can help exercisers improve posture, increase range of motion, and finally beat the rival summer camp in the annual ballet dance-off.
With the desire to make women of all ages, body type, and confidence levels feel empowered and beautiful, the fitness instructors of X-Exercise create six-week exotic-dance fitness sessions catered to the group of women enrolled at the time. Over the course of six weeks, they learn striptease fitness or other exotic dancing during 60-minute classes that include stretching, core work, and strength building.
The trainers at Fit Body Boot Camp Beachwood don't bark orders at campers or demand military precision, but they do make sure that no one is left behind. By cultivating a supportive atmosphere for their indoor boot-camp workouts, they motivate campers of all skill sets to power through cardio drills, TRX suspension maneuvers, and core-strengthening exercises at their own pace. They also shepherd each client on a fitness journey that transcends the gym, delivering nutritional guidance that shun fad diets in favor of lasting healthy eating habits.