The class rows in unison, guiding a raft across the pond and back. Upon landing, the group splits into teams of two, each hoisting up a log and pressing it overhead. Through such group training, the instructors behind SEAL Team Physical Training, Inc. demonstrate their philosophy that teamwork brings out the best in people. Greeting everyone with a hearty “Hoo yah!” they lead a fitness program designed by Navy SEAL John McGuire that never repeats the same workout. Training begins with the two-week basic-fitness class, which prepares clients of all fitness levels to enter ongoing membership training. There are also specialized programs for youth, marathon runners, and wile e. coyotes. SEAL Team PT’s results have earned recognition in publications such as Sports Illustrated as well as on Dr. Oz for a client who lost 160 pounds.
At Fit4Mom Richmond, moms can exercise without worrying about using a daycare facility or babysitter. That’s because babies are allowed to join in the classes, nestling in their strollers as moms work out with exercises such as power walking, strength and body toning, ab work, and stretching. The fitness instructors are all certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, and sometimes they lead specialty classes such as running clubs.
Led by Paul Caminiti, a former collegiate runner and certified group exercise instructors, the staff at Team Adrenaline International has been designing fitness programs for athletes of all ages, experience levels, and fitness levels since 2007. Their programs range from outdoor fitness camps for adults of all levels to programs designed for seasoned athletes, helping them to develop seven key competition principles—speed, power, flexibility, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, balance, and mental strength.
Richard and Libby Swor envisioned running a race or triathlon not just as an athletic trial for participants, but also as an exciting celebration for everyone in attendance. Through their business, Trivium Racing, the Swors have turned this dream into a reality. Their high-energy races—including the Rockin' Relay, a team-tackled marathon that also features food and music—take place across the Southeast and beyond.
The James River Association promotes stewardship and conservation of the historic James River and its tributaries and resources. The association advocates for the river's health among local residents and educates community members through a variety of programs and activities.
With Boot Camp Fitness Force, LLC, the ground is your floor mat, the street is your treadmill, and the tree limb is your pull-up bar. Here, outdoor boot-camp classes replace leisurely gym visits and sling bodies of all fitness levels through workouts that creatively make use of their surroundings. Trainers keep workouts engaging and fun by frequently changing the class’s location, introducing new challenges into every 75-minute session.