Having amassed almost 30 years' worth of fitness expertise, Linda Mitchell doesn't believe in age as a limiting factor. The AFAA-certified personal trainer, Ms. Fitness USA competitor, and regular contributor to Ms. Fitness magazine teaches clients how to woman-handle their exercise goals regardless of their backgrounds. She founded Linda Lu Fitness as a studio where women could work out among friends and nonintimidating teachers. There, her signature sessions—which range from boot-camp classes to cardio-kickboxing rounds—tone physiques, tap into wellsprings of confidence, and ready bodies for beach season. She weaves a common thread of compassion and skill through heated yoga sessions, jogging seminars, and dance-fueled aerobics classes, encouraging guests to "embrace their age" as they bypass fitness milestones, such as pole-vaulting through a ring aflame with birthday candles.
At the crack of dawn, Ryan Vaught barks orders across a misty high-school track field. During his four years in the United States Marine Corps, Vaught led daily physical training for his fellow soldiers—experience he now lends to his fellow civilians at Tri State Adventure Boot Camp. A certified personal trainer and member of a local jujitsu academy, Vaught blends different fitness styles into challenging combinations, which helps his charges become well-rounded enough to use each other as medicine balls.
Boot-camp sessions cycle through fitness instruction, motivational training, and nutrition counseling, and participants take on everything from weight training and jump ropes to obstacle-course runs—workouts designed to tone the core, abdomen, butt, and legs. Though sessions gradually increase in intensity, each is designed to accommodate all fitness levels.
If Jorge Gurgel looks familiar, it may because you saw him on The Ultimate Fighter 2. The owner of JG MMA Academy and Fitness has been building up his expertise in martial arts ever since he began training in college, which has led to a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jujitsu and a stint on said reality-show competition. Now, Gurgel harnesses that prowess and shares it during classes alongside his fellow instructors.
During Brazilian jujitsu classes, instructors with black belts in the discipline instill self-defense moves such as joint locks and chokeholds, catering them to a younger audience in kids' jujitsu classes. Muay thai kickboxing zeros in on striking techniques from the elbows and knees, and boxing burns fat and boosts endurance and agility thanks to rapid jabs, punches, and right hooks.