Brent Insco had already roundhouse-kicked his way to a black belt in karate, trained with boxers, and learned krav maga when a car crash laid him low. As part of his physical therapy, he soldiered on in his martial endeavors and began the decade-long process of becoming a Brazilian jujitsu master. That was in 2004, and to this day he still makes frequent sojourns to San Diego to study under the BJJ legends, Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, who themselves learned the art at Gracie Humaitá, established by the creator of BJJ, Hélio Gracie. At his own studio, Downriver Jiu Jitsu & Fitness, Insco teaches students of all ages the fighting form—a judo-like discipline founded on the principle that a small fighter can best a larger opponent, as in the tale of David and Goliath or the popular children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, It Will Destroy You. Insco’s trainers also lead fitness classes, such as Latin-inspired Zumba dance, boot camp, yoga, and Bruce Lee’s martial-arts system, jeet kune do, and work with clients one on two in semi-personal-training sessions.
Optimal results in a minimal time frame. That’s the goal of Nina—Sergeant Bootcamp himself. After a stint in the military, Nina returned to his true passion—fitness—and took up the reins at boot camp, where today he motivates clients of all fitness levels through indoor and outdoor workouts. Each 60-minute sweat session forgoes machinery and high-tech equipment for simple exercises, such as running, calisthenics, and weight training. Yet, Nina doesn’t let campers fall into any sort of routine; he changes up classes regularly to keep muscles guessing and clients from getting bored. Aimed at shredding body fat and toning physiques, each camp begins with a body-fat composition test so that clients can see their progress and achievements in numbers, rather than by whether or not they can fully conceal themselves behind a telephone pole.
Unlike regular warehouses, with their shelves of boxes and closets full of forklift bones, The Workout Warehouse fills its spaces with a different kind of inventory: lost pounds, new goals, and personal records. And, unlike most gyms, this facility strictly offers classes, creating a communal environment that encourages exercisers to rally around their health-oriented objectives, as well as each other. Through contract-free memberships and drop-in capabilities, guests gain access to multiple classes daily, including spin, boot camp, Zumba, and boxing. Extra inspiration is never too far, as the facility holds frequent contests that add a hint of competition to workout routines.
Fitness guru Lisa Nash, whose body-sculpting expertise has benefited clients from U.S. Marines to local doctors, leads fitness classes that privilege cardiovascular training and weight loss over hulking machines and protein powder. Athletes of all ages can shed pounds, shake the police, and increase heart health in more than a dozen motivating classes ranging from 50-minute cardio-kickboxing bouts to 90-minute total-body workouts. High-intensity cardio interval-training sessions incorporate Lisa’s experience breaking in military recruits and aspiring firefighters, and Gams, Butts & Guts tones and tightens the lower body with high-rep aerobics rather than saran-wrap pants. High-steppers, kickboxers, and ab toners wishing to enroll in Lisa’s classes must supply their own weights and mats.
The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Rejuvenation Fitness founder and instructor Terry Pratt has been doling out physique-forming tutelage for 18 years––receiving his bachelor of science from Eastern Michigan University, his certification through the American Council for Exercise, and his bulging biceps from years of arm-wrestling marble statues. Terry and his trained fitness facilitators lead body-sculpting, calorie-busting group boot-camp classes that combine heart-pumping cardio drills with strength-stoking moves that work multiple muscle groups. Because each workout moves students through rotating exercise stations at high intensity, the body is saved from boredom, and burns up to 30% more calories than a traditional workout routine, keeping the metabolism revving long after the last squat has been squatted and the final human plank has been nailed securely into place. Classes are available six days a week, with morning sessions held on Saturdays and Sundays.