A lifelong athlete, Terra Michelle Frost is no stranger to pushing her body to its limits. So when she gained close to 50 pounds with each of her two pregnancies, she decided to take on the challenge of getting back to her pre-baby weight. Terra accomplished this formidable task—twice—and now she uses her own experience slimming down to lead a variety of entertaining fitness classes, such as four types of Zumba and yoga.
Intent on helping individuals of all fitness levels discover their hidden reserves of self-motivation and inner strength, personal trainer Wade Wiley leads boot-camp sessions that safely push participants and help them unleash their untapped potential. His workouts foster an upbeat, deeply supportive sense of community amongst the attendees, inspiring them to break their daily routines and begin living healthier, more fulfilling lives. To help visitors work toward this goal, Wade combines cardio work, strength-building exercises, interval training, and other fitness methods into his boot camps. This ever-changing regimen of functional exercises ensures that attendees never fall into a rut; instead, they consistently find new ways to challenge themselves without resorting to arm-wrestling matches with marble statues.
“Sisters in sweat” Mary and Mandy approach fitness with a philosophy of cooperation. They believe that when one works out in pairs or groups, they are more willing to push themselves harder because they will, in a sense, be succeeding for those motivating them. Together, Mary and Mandy captain boot camps and fitness classes designed for women and men of all fitness levels, including beginners, parents, and mothers-to-be.
The Charleston JCC creates an inclusive atmosphere where neighbors can learn about area arts projects, workout in a state-of-the-art facility, and take part in sports programs. Families can swim together at the pool and kids can make friends at the summer camp. There are also a variety of programs for seniors including fitness and scrapbooking classes and weekly mahjong games.
Missi Wolf, the founder and owner of BLAST900, once weighed 206 pounds at a height of 5 feet and had a body-fat percentage of 34%. Her doctor informed her that she was morbidly obese and almost diabetic. Determined to lose weight, Missi started with baby steps—walking to the mailbox and back—and after two years she had lost 100 pounds. Her transformation inspired her to return to school to study kinesiology and physiology in pursuit of the ultimate workout: BLAST900. Blast classes involve cardio intervals on a treadmill and strength-training exercises on the floor. Missi and her team of trainers combine personalized fitness education with nutrition information to help clients sculpt their bodies, shed pounds, and build muscles.
At Journey Cycling and Fitness Studio, a team of certified instructors lead serious indoor cycling and body-conditioning classes. Participants listen to upbeat music during cycling classes. Tabata classes introduce a high-intensity interval version of indoor cycling that provides a more strenuous workout. Alternatively, clients can also sign up for challenging classes that incorporate plyometrics, kettlebells, agility workouts, and other functional exercises to transform bodies.