SoulFit Training founder Amanda couldn't find contentment with a single fitness regimen. She tackled marathons, boot camps, and mountain biking before turning to CrossFit, and earned her Level 1 CrossFit training certification. Though the high-intensity routines inspired her to keep building strength, she still sought balance—and that's where yoga came into the picture.
At SoulFit Training, Amanda combines cross-training style weight-resistance and cardio circuits with calming poses. Recurrent breath work and meditation boost mental clarity, and the fast-paced workouts in between sculpt lean muscles. Though the 50-minute classes begin and end with relaxation, their techniques vary each day, staving off boredom in students and nausea in overly swung kettlebells. Amanda also leads private sessions, Gentle Yoga classes, and Gentle SoulFit Training classes, which adjust their maneuvers to accommodate recovering and senior guests.
In the early hours of the morning, runners line up to dash through the streets, across the bridges, and along the train tracks of Springfield in a rigorous race designed by the Missouri State University Army ROTC. Along the demanding 12.4K course, runners encounter more than a dozen obstacles that make use of the city?s landscape, carefully hurdling over an urban mine field and breaking codes to advance in the event. At the conclusion of the race, participants with winning times receive awards. A portion of the proceeds go toward the National Military Family Association, a nonprofit organization that assists military members and their families with emotional and financial support.
Body-Weight USA trainers Dave Norberry and Piper Lee empower students to sweat, train, and dance their way to health with intense, focused strength training and exhilarating cardio workouts. Each class revolves around the principles of Definition 30, a fitness ethic that fuses the custom individual goals of personal training with the support and encouragement of like-minded classmates. Piper's Zumba courses aim to burn excess calories with fun, Latin-inspired dances, and Dave employs his background in training Special Forces soldiers and gold medalists to tailor custom resistance and flexibility routines for his clients.
Philip Pierce attests that some of his earliest memories are of keeping track of protein intake and flexing in front of the mirror—in kindergarten no less. Twenty-one years later, fitness is still his passion. Drawing on his background in scholastic wrestling, muay thai defense, personal training, and Army physical-training counseling, Philip offers no-nonsense, strength-based training out of Springfield's expansive Strong Gym. Pierce is also a nationally ranked power lifter, and spends his free time coaching mixed martial arts and powering the entire state of Montana on his human-sized hamster wheel.
After years of teaching and practicing a variety of yoga styles, Sumit Banerjee founded Sumits Yoga. The sequences and styles students learn in his classes reflect his extensive background in Bikram and Vinyasa yoga. More important, though, he works to share yoga's incredible benefits?a toned, flexible body; a relaxed state of mind; and improved overall well-being. Sumits Yoga's classes all take place in a heated environment, so students can enjoy the added benefits that heat brings?including detoxification and increased blood flow?without standing next to a volcano.
Strong Gym is, unsurprisingly, all about no-nonsense strength. The staff’s experienced and educated trainers and coaches focus on strength training as the primary basis of all workouts. This training combines both basic barbell- and body-weight training to provide simple but highly effective workouts. Along with personal training and group boot-camp classes, members can also train individually at the 13,000-square-foot facility, using top-of-the-line strength, cardio, and telekinesis equipment. Members also gain access to massage services and free childcare.