Jason of J Nichols Fitness is a mobile gym. A certified trainer with a psychology degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jason transports his workouts and the accompanying equipment to his clients. Clients then have the freedom to receive a professional-quality work out in their homes, outdoors, or at another location of their choice. For personal-training sessions, he designs a 30-minute workout for each client, which he customizes with diverse exercises based on each client’s fitness level and goals. He also specializes in small-group and boot-camp training, as well as other fitness areas such as flexibility training, sport-specific training, and nutrition and meal planning.
Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions. At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 12 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
Before opening Carolina Karate & Fitness Center, Shihan White garnered a slew of achievements in martial arts. He became an inductee to the National Sport Karate Hall of Fame—an honor his son and co-instructor Matthew also obtained—earned a 7th degree black belt, and clinched a Doctorate in Martial Arts Philosophies and Martial Arts Sciences. Like his father, Matthew's martial arts accomplishments could fill a breakable board, including being ranked 5th in the world as a junior black belt. Shihan and Matthew bestow their wisdom on students during adult karate classes and self-defense courses. They also oversee weapons classes where students wield wooden swords, meld yoga and karate, and round out fitness programs with boot camp, body sculpting, and other classes.
A lifelong athlete, Terra Michelle Frost is no stranger to pushing her body to its limits. So when she gained close to 50 pounds with each of her two pregnancies, she decided to take on the challenge of getting back to her pre-baby weight. Terra accomplished this formidable task—twice—and now she uses her own experience slimming down to lead a variety of entertaining fitness classes, such as four types of Zumba and yoga.
Greenville Adventure Boot Camp's exercise-hardened boot-camp trainer, Heather Coley, buffs up bodies with a shifting whirlwind of activities to prevent boredom and steady doses of encouragement to keep her sweat donors motivated. During a precamp evaluation, she'll take a few baseline measurements of your physical stats to compare with your end results, review your medical history, patiently listen to your hand puppet's complaints, and discuss your fitness goals. The 60-minute boot camp’s intensity level is flexible, with newbies and hardbodies alike aiming to max out their own physical threshold rather than someone else's. Each class, Heather dishes out a rotating mix of exercises, which might involve sprints, weight training, core blasts, obstacle courses, rope jumping, livestock hoisting, barrel sledgehammering, and spinning. Boot campers should bring their own mats, water, and towels.
There's a large Superman logo at one end of the weight room, and the Man of Steel's signature red, yellow, and blue colors wrap their way around the walls. The setting helps motivate Chiseled Fitness's trainers and clients, who work toward new physiques during one-on-one training sessions at the gym. Chiseled Fitness also hosts outdoor boot camps on days when the sun feels like showing up for work.