The certified personal trainers at Anytime Fitness teach clients how to magnify their muscle mass and purge excess pounds. In each one-on-one 30-minute session, fitness gurus help exercisers set new fitness goals, revise and personalize workout programs, and correct their form during strenuous pinkie lifts. A gauntlet of cardio and weight equipment assists trainers in shaping and molding their students. Fitness seekers can ascend a stair climber, burn calories on an elliptical cross-trainer, or prepare for a marathon on a treadmill equipped for iPod and iPhone adaptors. In the free-weights area, patrons can pump up biceps to prepare for mud wrestling an alligator.
The staff of yoga instructors and belly dancers at The Yoga Nest helps clients get in shape with a varied curriculum of fitness classes. Unique exercise sessions include barre classes—which combine Pilates, ballet, and yoga—as well as aerial yoga lessons, in which participants flex into traditional yoga poses while enmeshed in fabric hanging from the ceiling.
At the helm of Cargo Fitness is Carlos R. Gonzalez, a former track athlete at the high-school, collegiate, and international levels and a former strength and conditioning coach with the Tampa Bay Rays baseball club. Gonzalez draws upon this experience to provide a variety of training programs for those looking to lose weight, build endurance, and improve their health. His group fitness classes welcome exercisers of all skill levels to engage in full-body workouts, working to burn fat, tone muscle, and jump high enough to finally get that raccoon out of the top cupboard. Meanwhile, his strength and conditioning programs use individualized exercises to steer athletes toward their goals. Finally, he also offers online workout programs that augment personalized plans with weekly feedback sessions via phone or email.
At each Gold's Gym, temperature-controlled group exercise rooms host yoga classes, and exercisers in a nearby cardio cinema room pedal and jog while watching full-length films. A cycling room and functional training equipment such as ropes and kettlebells afford further options for varied workouts. Alternatively, Gold's Gym personal trainers can guide workouts, ensuring clients are using proper form and getting the most out of their exercise regimens.
Former nurse and wound-care coordinator Kira Whitaker believes that in addition to exercise, true wellness requires personal strength and a respect for our bodies. At Arden Yoga & Wellness, the certified yoga instructor harnesses her medical experience to help guests of all ages and abilities stretch toward healthier lifestyles. During private and group yoga classes, she pulls poses from Iyengar and Hatha yoga while leading a flow of postures and breathing exercises that boost balance, endurance, and strength. To make sure each student gets the most out of the sessions, every sequence can be modified to suit experience level or a paralyzing fear of sweat. Kira further helps her guests blast past their fitness goals with other wellness boons, including meal plans, nutritional advice, and weight-loss blueprints.
After two years studying under the creator of the BarreAmped workout, Jen Ashcraft brought her certification and BarreAmped license to Murfreesboro, where she now teaches daily, dance-inspired classes. While the method is influenced by classical ballet techniques, Jen requires no dance experience to participate. During each session, she teaches small, isometric dance movements with yoga-like concentration and Pilates core work to build lean muscle mass. To achieve the full effect of each exercise, Jen has students hold certain isolated poses and make movements so subtle they could fool any laser security system in a movie. In more advanced classes, Jen introduces cardio elements to burn fat and calories.
Jen shares her studio with Kira Whitaker, the owner and instructor of Arden Yoga. Together Jen and Kira have created a haven for health and wellness through their robust class schedules and mind-body emphasis.