Nationally certified personal trainer Luka Hocevar turned to fitness tutelage after 20 years of shooting hoops, which took him to the NBA Summer Pro League and Europe's premier basketball leagues. Since then, he has applied his exercise expertise to help fitness newbies and UFC, NBA, and NFL athletes alike whip into shape, making his way into the top five best personal trainers named by KING5 Best of Western Washington in 2010. He doesn’t just dive right in, though. After a friend revealed to him that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” Hocevar has made a commitment to get to know his clients before building an expedited fitness program around their goals and needs.
Hocevar leads a diverse team of passionate, experienced trainers that includes a seasoned martial artist, a soccer player, and a kinesiologist. They motivate clients in both mind and body with customized exercise regimens during group personal training and athlete-performance training, a strength and conditioning program designed to enhance sport-specific movements and improve recovery time. The 4,600-square-foot facility brims with Olympic platforms, kettlebells, dumbbells, and strongman equipment, as well as functional implements to ensure that each workout is varied and challenging.
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance also serves as home base for the award-winning Renton Results Boot Camp. Hocevar designed this results-driven program that mixes cardio and strength training with vigorous interval workouts to trim fat from physiques. To help students best burn fat, trainers constantly rotate drills to keep different muscles engaged, and nutritional manuals outline wholesome meal plans. With Bootcamps-to-Go media in the form of videos, mp3s, and self-destructing scrolls, students can continue to hone their flab-blasting moves at home. Hocevar also strives to make each boot-camp endeavor a personalized one, providing unlimited email support to all of his clients.
Though thousands of miles from Thailand, Leading Edge Kickboxing & Martial Arts imports the country’s national sport, Muay Thai kickboxing, fresh daily. The fighting style, built on a foundation of kicking, punching, and elbow and knee strikes, forms the core of their fitness programs, engineered by head instructor John Stabb. Enamored of all arts martial, the instructors also teach Jiu-Jitsu’s unarmed combat techniques, MMA, and Jeet Kune Do’s self-defense method that employs weaponry, grappling, and strategically scattering banana peels to throw your opponent off balance. Unlike more repetitive workouts, the studio’s varied martial arts sessions build lean muscle mass and enhance cardio fitness.
Fitness Camp is an indoor/outdoor exercise program consisting of group fitness instruction, motivational training, and accountability provided by fitness experts. We specialize in Fit Camp interval training done right with a sprinkle of fun. We also mix yoga, circuits, body sculpting and kick boxing into our Fit Camp.
Chris Ransier, Gary Blackburn, and Aaron Egbert are unified by their belief that the latest fitness trends fall flat. To offer an alternative to the ubiquitous ineffective fad workouts, they combined their extensive experience and knowledge to found Forward Fitness, welcoming clients to meet their health and weight-loss goals through functional fitness. The trio's high-intensity Trx power-circuit classes draw on cardio and resistance training to condition bodies with functional-training equipment including Trx suspension bands, free weights, and exercise balls.
Each of the trainers' brains brims with health and fitness knowledge. Chris, who served in the Marines for eight years, boasts multiple certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine—which is where Aaron received his personal-training certification to build on his kinesiology degree. Gary Blackburn is a certified chiropractic sports physician and a founding member of the ICA Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science. If their academic training hasn't equipped them to motivate patrons of all fitness levels, their experience has. Among the three of them, they've led a combined total of more than 13,000 personal- training sessions and have said "Great job!" 65,869 times.
When guests enter Empower Health and Diesel Fitness, they're likely to notice the large mural at the back of the fitness studio. Orange and yellow sunbeams provide the backdrop for a silhouetted figure, whose arms reach out in a pose of victory. The person in that mural could be anyone, which is fitting, since the studio welcomes all sorts of clients: professional athletes, amateur body builders, and first-time exercisers. Full body assessments help place newcomers into the correct group class or personal-training program. From there, they learn the ins and outs of dynamic hybrid training—a combination of power lifting, plyometrics, and other exercises.
At the business' heart and perfectly toned pectorals are co-owners and certified trainers Bobby Andrade and DeSean Harrell. Besides serving as a massage therapist, Andrade has trained thoroughly in mixed martial arts and worked with both amateur and professional MMA athletes. Harrell, who played football at Washington State University, draws on his vast knowledge of kinesiology when working with participants in football, track, and other sports.
East Highlands Fitness's boutique gym prides itself on having all the amenities of a larger gym?from the advanced equipment to the group classes?while maintaining a small, community feel. The center dishes up everything clients need to burn calories and build muscle, including certified personal trainers, nutrition coaches, and dumbbells. Small group boot-camp and TRX classes, meanwhile, carve out bulging muscles, whereas Zumba classes spin energetic Latin beats to let clients dance towards toned hips, legs, and glutes. At the same time, a kids' room stays open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays, so parents can get pumping without worrying whether their dog was really the best choice for a babysitter.