CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person?s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
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 for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
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.
Roger Mack comes from a place of experience when he trains clients to overcome their obstacles, both literally and figuratively. In 2004, he qualified for the Olympic Games Trials in the 110-meter high hurdles, but a knee injury cut his quest short. He barely missed a beat, though, using his passion for health and fitness to land gigs such as training members of the green team from season six of NBC's The Biggest Loser.
Today, as a trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, he leads his signature R2|M2 boot-camp-style fitness classes. These sessions combine body-weight exercises, weightlifting, and stamina work to help clients boost metabolism, gain strength, and refine body definition. He also offers more specialized services, such as sport-specific training, injury rehabilitation, and nutrition counseling.
As a firefighter, Matt Nacy began the CrossFit program to keep up with the demands of his job, from lugging heavy equipment up and down stairs to punching stubborn flames until they go out. Today, Matt boasts the title of certified CrossFit instructor and owner of CrossFit Tyson's Corner. Throughout the week, Matt and his team of qualified coaches lead groups through their version of CrossFit, which zeroes in on three goals: performing functional movements efficiently, improving strength, and improving endurance. Workouts at CrossFit Tyson’s Corner are intense; so, to ramp up beginners, the facility offers introductory classes that focus on CrossFit’s basic movements.
At Barre Tone, ballet exercises influence the signature fitness classes, which are fittingly held at a ballet barre. Students step up to the barre and follow the instructors' lead during routines that blend plies and tondus with moves from Pilates, Zumba, toning exercises, and hatha yoga. The focus on barre work helps tighten and tone cores, while the other fitness modalities add in benefits such as Zumba's cardio and yoga's meditative poise. And those who are busy with children can get in a workout without curling increasingly heavy bassinets, as children ages 4 months and older can play in Barre Tone's free daycare center.