After spending more than 20 years training civilians and designing workouts for the military, Ira Wenze opened his own 4,000-square-foot fitness center to bring the rapid benefits of boot camp to locals. Registered as an elite trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association, as well as a fitness therapist and performance-nutrition specialist, Wenze designs intense group workouts that offer far more support than exercising next to balloon animals. Fellow certified trainers include D-Bo, a specialist in boxing and mixed martial arts, and Brian Hannah, a former fitness instructor for the Navy. Alongside ever-changing workouts that incorporate weights, medicine balls, kettlebells, and TRX suspension equipment, supportive instructors deliver sound nutritional advice that emphasizes health and energy over dieting. Coaches demonstrate their zeal for progress by taking regular fitness assessments that check in on individual progress, draft new goals, and quiz participants on the metallic properties of free weights.
The certified personal trainers at Elite Fitness and Health know that no exercise, no matter how effective, will actually work if folks just aren't motivated. That's why the crew develops their programs around people rather than rigid fitness dogma. Bosu balls, yoga mats, or even empty sidewalks get wrangled into routines, keeping classes engaging. Though the trainers are keyed up to work with clients one-on-one, there's really no substitute for old fashioned peer encouragement. To that end, the gym hosts Moms Night Out Zumba events and small-group personal training sessions. And if after a rigorous workout clients want to kick back, Elite Fitness and Health has just thing thing: the studio keeps a licensed massage therapist on hand to reward fatigued muscles.
AfterBurner workouts combine resistance training and a motivating group workout with a personalized regimen to suit students of all levels. The coaches mix up the routine daily to avoid plateaus and boredom and customize guests’ workouts to help them transform as much fat into muscle as possible.
In 2005, The Funplex of Gulf Breeze opened its doors to kids looking for competitive and recreational coaching in cheerleading and gymnastics. Over time, the demand grew so much that the facility expanded to its current 30,000-squre-foot venue, which serves the community with an even bigger variety of activities. Guests of honor have several options for birthday parties, including bounce-house sessions, princess-themed blowouts, private time on the gymnastics equipment, or instruction from a stuntman coach. Even adults can get in on the facility’s fun by taking Zumba dance fitness classes.
As a wife and mom, certified trainer Victoria McCullough helps women of all fitness levels kick-start sputtering metabolisms through 30- and 45-minute workouts. In spite of her military background, she motivates her students with encouragement rather than intimidation. Victoria augments the fat-burning effects of boot camps with nutritional advice and by teaching workout-at-home routines.
ISSA–certified personal trainer Amanda Kelly's passion for helping people to achieve their fitness and weight-loss goals flourished while she worked at gyms from 2001 to 2009, eventually leading her to found Rocking Boot Camp as an encouraging tool for reaching physical peaks.
The Rocking Boot Camp program challenges all major muscle groups with a blend of cardio, weight, and core-training exercises executed alfresco, rain or shine. During the intense workouts, legs churn through sprints before participants leap into plyometrics or football drills such as pushups and uprooting field-goal posts. Amanda tailors her routines to suit all strength levels and staves off monotony by varying the exercise routine every day.