Derek Burns's hard-earned muscles are not only hard to ignore, they also come with a long history. It all started when Derek was 5 years old and first started playing football. He quickly fell in love with sports and started building a skill set that would stay with him his whole life. He later took those athletic abilities overseas during his eight years in the Navy, where physical fitness became an integral part of his everyday. Upon returning to civilian life, he decided to follow through with his passion for fitness and earned his certification as a personal trainer.
For more than 15 years now, Derek has helped people transform their lives through his fitness programs that include personal training and group fitness. He also works with athletes to up their game or avoid being mistaken for the ball with sports performance training.
James, owner and certified trainer at James Boot Camp, works with clients to achieve measureable results rapidly. He’s worked with Victoria’s Secret models, reality-TV contestants, and clients from MTV music videos, sculpting bodies to be camera ready. Knowing that each of his trainees wants a flatter stomach, tighter muscles, and more energy, each of his motivating indoor boot-camp classes focuses on burning fat and building muscle without adding bulk.
After meeting the physical demands of army training and working for two decades in the fitness industry, president of Custom Fitness Concepts Tom Kalka channeled his health and fitness savvy into CFC's training programs. His expert team of personal trainers visits homes and corporate offices to lead patrons in custom workout routines. Furthering fat-burning efforts, educational seminars on conditioning, nutrition, and orchestrating funerals for annihilated calories prime attendees for a salubrious lifestyle shift. CFC instructors also chisel away unwanted fat with an outdoor boot-camp series, whose ever-shifting medley of calisthenics and strength training was deemed the country's second-best boot camp in 2008 by Exercise TV.
Synergy Health and Fitness doesn't rely on height and weight measurements to determine the proper workout plans for their clients––instead, they turn to a more precise science. Every client's journey toward wellness begins with the Functional Movement Screen, a three-phase clinical assessment of their current physical state and what Synergy refers to as an overall quality of movement. Based on the results, staff can place clients in predetermined or customized workout regimens. These range from supportive personal training to an intensive boot camp to arm-wrestling with a mostly agreeable masked luchador.
All team and personal-training sessions are led by a squad of eight, enthusiastic coaches, each of whom are certified by fitness institutions such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Sports and Conditioning Association, and the American Council on Exercise. To help clients delve further into fitness, Synergy operates a gallery of state-of-the-art amenities. Treadmills, ellipticals, and other cardio machines are outfitted with iPod docks to encourage rhythmic sweating, and racks of kettlebells and free-weights enable rigorous resistance workouts. Additionally, a spa-like facility contains private showers and a gallery of skin-care products.
For nearly 35 years, Chevy Chase Athletic Club has focused the energies of its diversified staff—made up of degreed exercise physiologists, certified trainers, and an onsite physical therapist—on crafting a supportive gym environment for patrons of all ages and abilities. Strength and cardio equipment welcome solo workouts with individual televisions, and personal trainers assist improvement by charting custom plans. More than 30 group exercise classes per week blend mainstream favorites, such as Zumba and boot camp, with fresh options such as fit-ball dance, which pairs students with stability balls as they step to invigorating choreography.
Muscles blossom beneath the toning rays of Tonned instructor Breelaun Marchai, trainer to Miss America finalists, and Jenny Osoria, the brains behind the boogying JennyO Fitness. Breelaun and Jenny calibrate personal-training and group-boot-camp sessions to specific aims, such as weight loss, rehabilitation after surgery, or training for long-distance relationships. Cardio work, kettlebells, and TRX training carry bodies toward weight-loss goals, and resistance bands and varied weightlifting sequences build up every strip of the musculature. The studio even offers a class for aspiring models to streamline their figures and perfect their front double-biceps poses for the catwalk.