The trainers at Bodyzen Boot Camps know many workout environments can be intimidating. That's why their outdoor boot-camp sessions are brief, entertaining, and adaptable, featuring exercises with three stages of intensity to suit different strength levels. The 30- to 45-minute classes include kettlebell swings, cardio drills, and bodyweight moves designed to torch fat from physiques of all builds. During the camp's vigorous intervals, instructors patrol their troops with a personal trainer's eye and tailored advice. They continue the trend of individualized treatment after class, when they open the floor for questions and six-pack show-and-tell.
Though they devote much of their energy to fast-paced routines, staff members also highlight the value of proper nutrition. Each camper receives a nutritional manual and a six-week meal plan to guide eating escapades, and optional body-composition analyses keep them up-to-date with their own progress.
Randy Brown was overweight and felt uncomfortable with his body. When a friend encouraged him to try boot camp, he reluctantly joined. Through hard work and with support from his instructor, he transformed his body and felt better than ever before. Today, Randy is a certified personal trainer and wants to help others do what his instructor helped him to do years ago: get in shape, gain confidence, and whistle Beethoven's Symphony no. 9. Through the years, he has grown Brown's Boot Camp from one class of 25 students to 14 different camps, and some of his students have gone on to become personal trainers themselves, which speaks to the success of his workout regimen and the camp's communal atmosphere. Randy's program focuses on improving total fitness, which not only includes strength, cardio, and flexibility but also nutritional counseling.
Car horns, like distant banshees. Thrumming traffic. The clatter of lawn mowers. All the sounds that fill everyday life fade away on the sand-hued cork floors of 4th Avenue Yoga. Instructors guide students of all skill levels through yoga, meditation, and tai chi, all of which seek to focus the body on conscious breaths and graceful balance. Candles flicker against the exposed-brick walls, bringing the rough texture to life, and a warming system kicks into action to start hot-yoga classes and end long, pointless stories told by eskimos.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location 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.
Since earning his fitness-trainer certification in 2002, Drew Lockhart has been helping his clients lead healthier lives through one-on-one training, nutrition counseling, and group sessions. His Group Fitness @ the Park program gets participants doing functional body-weight exercises—such as push-ups and pop squats—in local parks. By combining cardio, strength training, and core-work, Drew challenges every muscle group to fortify whole bodies, rather than just building up left forearms. By designing nutritious food plans, Drew helps his clients boost the results of their exercise routines. He's so committed to encouraging healthy eating that in 2011 he decided to do an experiment on himself to show the dramatic effects of diet on fat loss. He kept working out but ate all the food, junk food, and junk mail that he wanted. Then, for eight weeks, he kept up the exact same exercise regimen but started controlling his portions and eating healthier. He dropped 16 pounds in eight weeks—and totally replaced the potbelly he'd grown with the six-pack beneath.
Owners Tom and Dawn Wilson hope that members of Zona Fitness can move as casually and comfortably to the gym's free-weight rack as they do to their own front door. In an effort to combat the overwhelming crowds and uncomfortable scrutiny of "box" gyms, they created a smaller, more welcoming workout space, equipped with an aerobics studio and modern exercise machinery. Here, they view intimidation as the enemy and customization as the ideal.
Their personal-training programs build routines for clients of all skill levels and aspirations. In addition to adult appointments, the nationally certified trainers host sessions for children and teens that accommodate growing bodies, instead of simply telling them "you'll lift more when you're older." Instructors also demonstrate barbell lifts, martial arts strikes, and cardio dance moves during Les Mills group classes, which share the schedule with yoga and boot-camp lessons. The staff even caters to family members at each end of the age spectrum: childcare services supervise youngsters, and Silver Sneakers courses showcase senior-friendly maneuvers.