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.
The certified trainers at Ventana CrossFit don't subscribe to gimmicky quick-fix weight-loss programs and fad diets. Instead, they value long-term lifestyle changes achieved through hard work and dedication, motivating their clients to change how they look at themselves and their overall wellness. In each class, they lead small groups of students through the high-intensity Workout of the Day, which challenges different muscle groups each time the sun rises to prevent fitness plateaus.
These total-body toning exercises are based on CrossFit's nine fundamental movements, including squats, shoulder presses, and dead lifts. The trainers take a custom approach to classes and can scale exercises to suit students of all ages, fitness levels, and character classes—from the feeble sorcerer to the burly barbarian. In addition to performing the foundational moves, students also swing kettlebells, heave medicine balls, and jump rope to carve a lean, toned physique.
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.
O2 Modern Fitness helps clients of all fitness levels and walks of life reach their full fitness potential—including current mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who promotes physical fitness city-wide. With his days packed full of rich lunch meetings and countless hours at the desk, Rothschild spends his mornings pedaling away calories.
Now a tried-and-true fitness emporium, O2 Modern Fitness began when Susan Frank realized the key to keeping her genetically high cholesterol low: cycling. Today, helping clients achieve strength and conditioning through cycling (CYCL) and Cross Training (CROSS) are the primary goals of O2, thanks to self-paced group training. Yet beyond the bike, certified staff members lead students though high-intensity interval training that includes body-weight exercises plus the use of kettlebells and sandbags within the CROSS conditioning classes that heighten core strength and mobility.
Arizona Power Yoga's classes embrace athletic as well as introspective styles, ensuring that the studio is a welcoming environment for students of virtually any skill or fitness level. As owner Joseph Lauricella claims in a video on his website, "what we do here…is make yoga very accessible and demystify it." Regardless of the intensity, each class emphasizes a holistic approach to personal fitness and well-being by incorporating mindful breathing exercises and meticulously controlled movements. Arizona Power Yoga's temperatures fall between 85 and 90 degrees for the energetic and athletically paced Power Vinyasa sessions, which use fluid sequences of dynamic asanas to hone balance and build up stamina. In contrast, the instructors also lead gentler sessions that introduce students to fundamental poses while showing them that conscious breathing can improve mental focus and diminish the number of instances when they inexplicably turn blue.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.