Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions. At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 14 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
For Fast Fitness Boot Camp’s Chad Skinner, exercise should feel more like play than work, even during intense physical challenges. Filled with obstacle courses, tug-of-war bouts, and games of catch, his 30-minute boot camps summon the fun of grade-school playgrounds even as they push exercisers toward goals and away from lost weekends with the Cookie Monster. Each session pairs cardio activities such as running and hiking with strength-training drills to melt calories and sculpt muscles. In between solo challenges such as pushups, squats, and jumping jacks, participants build friendships during partner activities that foster teamwork and boost energy levels. Personal-training sessions put exercisers up close and personal with Skinner, who coaches them through custom workouts while dispensing exercise tips, nutrition advice, and an abundance of motivation.
At CrossFit MetroEast, certified CrossFit coaches design different workouts each day, which blend exercises from various fitness disciplines such as gymnastics, weightlifting, plyometrics, cardio, and strength training. Athletes may be tasked with lifting weights, running, or rowing, or working out with equipment such as ropes, tires, and kettlebells.
The expert instructors of The Body Mill Fitness and Yoga Studio lead students of all levels through challenging classes that range from intense boot-camp classes to calming gentle yoga. They use suspension training and kettlebells to help students build muscles, and teach them to develop core muscles during Pilates classes.
SwaggHER Fitness’s experienced instructors keep students motivated as they take the first step to a healthier lifestyle with boot camp sessions. The fun, high-energy classes last for one hour, and include interval training to boost heart rates and burn calories.