At Xtra Fitness, there's never downtime to wonder what machines are free or which exercise you should be doing. That's because the gym doesn't have memberships—it's entirely dedicated to the X-Circuit training program, led by owners Steve and Vanessa Herrick. The program puts students through a 45-minute circuit that incorporates both cardio drills and resistance work, challenging them to heft kettlebells, ropes, and their own bodyweight in between running or plyometrics. Two degrees of intensity accommodate guests of different fitness levels, and the trainers closely supervise each circuit, ensuring that everyone gets individual attention without having to raise their hand during a pushup. To stave off boredom, Steve and Vanessa also develop new circuits regularly.
It may seem counterintuitive to up your energy by expending it at boot camp, but Coach Cassie knows better. The fitness instructor creates outdoor boot-camp routines that not only exhilarate, but also burn calories and tone muscles—what she calls Pulse Boot Camp. It's a fitting name since her mash-up of strength training, running, core work, and other exercises gets pulses racing.
Personalized Health and Fitness isn't a typical big-box gym. At its core, it is a group of dedicated personal trainers whose mission is to help their clients achieve their ideal physique. Drawn from multidisciplinary backgrounds, each staff member brings a unique perspective to his or her work, whether it’s experience in adrenaline sports such as rock climbing or biking or higher-education degrees in fitness and physiology. From calisthenics and free weights to intense classes, they use any means necessary to rebuild each body in a more fit image. Trainers also host group classes ranging from cardio kickboxing to strength training, and supplement all of their personal and group workouts with extensive nutrition advice and counseling to maintain healthy weight loss. In addition to personal attention from their experienced staff, the gym also encourages solo workouts, with weight rooms and fitness facilities that stay open 24 hours a day to accommodate even the most hectic schedules.
Although the certified trainers at Bold Bootcamp push exercisers to achieve their fitness goals, they also maintain a positive, no-pressure environment that allows for plenty of fun. Sweating side-by-side with their peers, guests can shed inches, build muscle, and ask each other "Which way to the beach?" during intense yet rewarding group boot-camp classes. For one-on-one attention, the trainers also perform physical assessments that gauge the client's fitness level and influence personalized exercise regimens. Clients can see proof of tangible results with before-and-after photos that are included with each assessment.
To fitness trainer Jon Chacon, the first order of business with any client is building a sturdy foundation of strength. His boot camp, athletic training, and strength camp incorporate both strength training and conditioning with bursts of high-intensity exercise. Pared-down workouts in a spartan facility use tools, such as ropes and sandbags, that emphasize agility and functional strength?values familiar to Chacon, whose experience ranges from commercial fishing to the Marine Corps. He also guides clients with nutrition and supplement guidelines, as well as monthly weight and body fat measurements.
A certified CrossFit trainer, Drew Barquist eschews the typical gym workout in favor of a variety of intense exercises. This approach prepares his trainees to expect the unexpected and come to appreciate the well-rounded workout. As a competitive athlete, Barquist has seen the effects of this training regimen on his own weightlifting endeavors. He's also watched his clients overcome mobility problems and chronic pain. Rather than work out of a gym, he brings his training sessions to clients' homes to they can avoid making excuses such as "I don't have time" and "someone glued all my doors shut."