Stone Gym's trainer takes a no-frills approach to boxing. Devon Stone grew up around boxing and now teaches the sport along with kickboxing and the all-important skills of striking and counterstriking, a must-learn for mixed martial artists and professional match lighters. The floor-level ring dominates one end of the no-nonsense gym, where a row of hanging punching bags separates the boxing arena from the weightlifting zone.
For the husband-and-wife team Keith Taylor and Erin Sullivan-Taylor, working out isn't just for looking good in a swimsuit. The high stresses of Keith's former role working with emotionally and mentally impaired children triggered his rapid weight gain, leaving him weighing more than 400 pounds. Separately, Erin struggled with depression while dealing with the loss of her late husband. At different times and for different reasons, they both turned to exercise to overcome their obstacles—Keith shedding more than 200 pounds through spinning, and Erin noticing significant changes in her mood and attitude through yoga and Pilates.
When they met, they inspired each other to fully dedicate themselves to their shared passion of helping others lead healthy and stress-free lives, opening their own studio, Fusion Pilates and Yoga. With the aid of a team of Pilates and yoga instructors, the pair offers more than 50 classes each week—including yoga, Pilates, and spinning—to help students of all experience levels achieve their health and wellness goals in a judgment-free atmosphere.
TruFit Fitness Studio’s trainers are so keen to show off their body-transformation results that they post pictures on Facebook of real clients who have undergone 12-week fitness programs, proof that their fat-blasting exercises really work. They use these intensive programs—which incorporate nutrition plans and fitness sessions led by a personal trainer—as well as fitness classes to help clients achieve their wellness goals.
Exercisers can burn calories and tone muscles in a range of classes that includes Vinyasa Yoga and a challenging blend of tae bo and kickboxing. Ballet Barre Fusion classes work even the smallest muscles and create long, lean dancer lines, and Zumba classes set to upbeat Latin music torch calories in a party-like atmosphere.
TruFit Fitness Studio has also implemented a kids' program to encourage physical and nutritional wellness for youngsters.
Certified in personal training, corrective exercise, and performance enhancement, Mike Lauzon teamed up with certified trainer Sean Rhinard to help patrons work toward health and aesthetic goals. MI Fitness begins training programs with a free consultation to assess weight and body fat and build a program tailored to one's schedule and wellbeing. The trainers build varying workouts, which burn calories and sculpt sinews through resistance training, core building, and stints with Ropes Gone Wild gear featured on The Biggest Loser.
Most training packages include nutritional plans and food logs, which help clients keep themselves on a dietary timeline as they work toward preset goals. Trainers can connect clients with vitamins and nutritional supplements from Optimum Nutrition or help design and install a home gym to fit the space requirements of a basement.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, TITLE Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training. Participants build strength by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Members can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
The temperature inside Bent Yoga's studio fluctuates between 85 and 105 degrees, depending on which class is being taught. The thermostat will read 85+ degrees for introductory Torch+Tone Slow Burn sessions, 90+ degrees for the studio's signature Vinyasa yoga sessions, and 95+ degrees for the more challenging Funky Freestyle Vinyasa sessions. But the heat isn't the only thing that distinguishes this place from other yoga studios. Upbeat music sets the tone for each yoga workout, and a "no judgment" environment makes it perfectly acceptable to stumble when you try to levitate for the first time.