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.
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.
ISSA-certified personal trainer Lee Haguewood draws from a diverse, well-rounded background in exercise, from weightlifting and yoga to the European style of fitness training. Backed by years of experience, Lee helps clients of all ages and body types burn fat and build muscle, coaching with a firm hand and positive motivation with an eye toward building and maintaining healthy body-fat percentages and strong bodies.
Fusion Fitness's name says it all. Each of its four women's classes rejects monotony and the threat of becoming entangled in a treadmill belt by incorporating the most fun and intense portions of classic and trendy workout routines. The result: combinations of cardio work and ab work, total-body routines, and mixes of boxing with Pilates and dance. Each class also can be scaled for any fitness level and takes place within a supportive atmosphere.
Ernest, a certified personal trainer, leads small groups of students through challenging boot-camp classes. Focusing on high-intensity metabolic exercises, the classes aim to help students build strength and muscle. In addition to getting students fitter, Ernest also aims to strengthen the community by donating a portion of his profits to charity.
CrossFit Criterion's workouts emphasize that a routine shouldn't be routine. Each session, participants undertake a different workout, combining weightlifting, cardio exercises, pushups, and varying equipment. Classes are catered to guests of all fitness levels by scaling each exercise to each individual's capabilities.