Sometimes, a name says it all. That’s the case at Intensity Brings Results, a fitness outfit whose name doubles as a rallying cry. Its programs do not require exercisers to show up in shape or with particular skills—it only requires that clients have a desire to look and feel better. Intensity Brings Results’ instructors supply the rest, including expert coaching and programs designed to improve overall fitness and athleticism.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Roger Mack comes from a place of experience when he trains clients to overcome their obstacles, both literally and figuratively. In 2004, he qualified for the Olympic Games Trials in the 110-meter high hurdles, but a knee injury cut his quest short. He barely missed a beat, though, using his passion for health and fitness to land gigs such as training members of the green team from season six of NBC's The Biggest Loser.
Today, as a trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, he leads his signature R2|M2 boot-camp-style fitness classes. These sessions combine body-weight exercises, weightlifting, and stamina work to help clients boost metabolism, gain strength, and refine body definition. He also offers more specialized services, such as sport-specific training, injury rehabilitation, and nutrition counseling.
The Women's Club Fitness Center & Day Spa has brought women together for nearly a quarter century to develop strong bodies and radiant skin. Under the direction of owner Florence Auld, their all-female staff has grown from 15 to 55 professionals who have earned advanced degrees, certifications, and secret handshakes in their fields, including specialists in cardiac rehabilitation and myofascial-release massage. Meredith Chiapello draws from degrees in nutrition and health psychology to direct both the fitness-and-personal-training program and the group-exercise program. Before earning her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, nutritionist Lucky Bennett fed her interest in women's health at the University of Washington, where she earned a degree in Women's Studies with a focus on women and medicine.
The staff welcomes new gym members by designing them a personalized workout regimen, then walking them through the correct use of strength and cardio equipment. More than 50 group classes add camaraderie to cardio or stretch-and-toning workouts, and childcare is available for a nominal fee to help mothers make friends their own age. Spa treatments focus on revealing fresh, smooth skin all over the body with topical treatments in tandem with pore-clearing sessions in the dry-rock sauna.
A fitness center and an indoor turf field stretch across 17,000-square-foot IMP Fitness, a locally owned and operated establishment that's been providing fitness and wellness services to adults and youth for more than 10 years. Cardio, circuit, and weight-training equipment bustles beneath the glow of eight wide-screen TVs, and certified trainers conduct personal-training sessions and fitness classes. Throughout the year, lacrosse players can scamper across the 7,000-square-foot indoor turf, and participants in baseball camps and training sessions perfect their swings with the aid of pitching machines and target nets. The facility also offers amenities such as free WiFi, a smoothie bar, lockers, and scales that only read a person's moon weight.
Derek Burns's hard-earned muscles are not only hard to ignore, they also come with a long history. It all started when Derek was 5 years old and first started playing football. He quickly fell in love with sports and started building a skill set that would stay with him his whole life. He later took those athletic abilities overseas during his eight years in the Navy, where physical fitness became an integral part of his everyday. Upon returning to civilian life, he decided to follow through with his passion for fitness and earned his certification as a personal trainer.
For more than 15 years now, Derek has helped people transform their lives through his fitness programs that include personal training and group fitness. He also works with athletes to up their game or avoid being mistaken for the ball with sports performance training.