Founder Linda Taix has one mission: to help clients achieve the ultimate positive change in body, health, and spirit––without half- hearted crunches. Employing a team of certified personal trainers and former military personnel, Linda's civilian-style fitness boot camp was featured on Good Morning America. Linda modeled her six-week boot-camp sessions after a real military boot camp, with an enlistment phase to gauge fitness levels and one- hour classes that blend military exercise drills, resistance training, and plyometrics with cardio activities such as obstacle courses and double-dutch jump-rope contests against local youths.
Cutting out traditional boot-camp yelling and huffing, the team fosters a supportive and motivating environment for students of all skill levels. Furthermore, Extreme employs nutritionist and fourth-degree black belt Jake Nelson to guide clients with diet advice and personal consultations on how best to break a board with a honey-glazed ham.
Core Fusion Fitness models its facility after a day spa, from its chic aesthetic to its mix of private and shared spaces. Instead of manicure stations and private treatment rooms, however, there’s a room with Pilates machines, a space for stationary bikes, an open gym area with punching bags and a boxing ring, and a spacious studio with high ceilings to facilitate dumbbell juggling. Busying themselves in these areas are the facility’s fitness instructors, who schedule a multitude of group classes. They lead traditional yoga, Zumba, boot camp, and cycling along with more fight-focused sessions, such as kickboxing and muay thai.
The pounding of feet reverberates through the cavernous gym as a group of boot campers push themselves through cardio and strength-training drills, defeating excess calories while dripping sweat. Passionate certified trainers can be found in the fray, helping campers with personalized adjustments and words of encouragement, motivating the group to finish the high-intensity routines. Each week, the trainers change up the boot-camp regimens, preventing bodies from getting accustomed to the movements and brains from getting bored and defecting to develop plans of world domination. The routines incorporate various strength-training and cardio exercises to boost metabolisms and satisfaction levels when flexing in front of the mirror. The trainers also lead bodies in yoga to increase their strength and flexibility, and Pilates to strengthen cores and improve balance.
Dedicated to maintaining relationships with their guests, the trainers at All About You! take attendance and contact each no-show to offer doses of encouragement and to keep them accountable to their fitness goals. Co-owner and nutritionist Narina Minassian also provides guests with nutrition plans, offering tips and healthy recipes to help them adopt a lifestyle of total wellness.
For most, the season finale of American Idol is little more than a bump in excitement on an otherwise ordinary Wednesday evening. However, for Marco Reed, the end of the singing competition is only the beginning of his job—it’s the renowned trainer’s cue to ready the winning singer for tour with his expert workout and nutrition routines, some of which have been featured in Self, Fitness, and omg! from Yahoo!.
At his studio, Get Beyond Fit, Marco helps both his celebrity and noncelebrity clients reach their fitness and weight-loss goals with one-on-one and group training sessions. He motivates exercisers through circuit-style cardio and resistance exercises, dance, and kickboxing, and guides them to better eating with his book The 3+1 Diet, which not only outlines eight weeks of healthy eating, but also smells like cardiovascular strength. Basing his regime on “four pillars of health”—movement, thought, connection, and stillness—Marco stresses the importance of regular meditation and a healthy support system.
Backyard Bootcamp's team of highly trained instructors leads clients on fat-burning journeys through nature, slimming down physiques with fitness and dietary regimens that have been featured in The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets by Kym Douglas and Cindy Pearlman. Each alfresco program combines scenic valley views with varied drills that challenge muscles in a new way each day. Patrons might jog down forest trails, surmount verdant hills, or hurdle squirrels in their pursuit of streamlined figures, and calisthenics and weight-lifting tone bodies from the torsos outward. The nutritional component of Backyard Bootcamp's routines holds attendees accountable with a food journal and provides a slew of tips for wholesome meal planning.
In addition to their boot camps and yoga meet-ups, trainers also helm backpacking retreats and report on local races, continuously cultivating a respect for wellness and the great outdoors.
Crystal Greene began her martial journey at the tender age of 4, studying the art of Seido karate developed by Tadashi Nakamura in 1976. After earning a third-degree black belt, she moved on to other forms of combat such as muay thai. Trips to tournaments in Australia, Japan, and New York helped hone her competitive edge before she settled down to earn her certification to teach kickboxing. Now, Crystal uses her skills and five instructors at Foxy and Fierce Women's Kickboxing to kick women's workouts into high gear while simultaneously grounding them with a practical self-defense education.
Though classes make use of the kicks and punches that comprise each of Crystal's martial arts, they also incorporate elements of Pilates, yoga, and strength conditioning to tone the overall body. Crystal's studio emulates a traditional Japanese dojo, with pristine hardwood floors and a space carefully appointed to enhance concentration with village elders who stand in the corners and whisper "Concentrate."