Kosama's Complete Body Transformation program embraces the power of variety, perplexing muscles with distinct workouts across each week. The combined conditioning effects of kettlebell swings, kickboxing jabs, and plyometric movements, among other exercises, banish calories as they streamline the body "from the core out" during group sessions. Instructors take an all-inclusive approach to health, building physical strength, mental focus, and wholesome eating habits, such as adding a parsley garnish to Cadbury crème omelets. They welcome participants of every age and build to their many Kosama locations.
Licensed massage therapist Ashley Roen draws on a degree from the Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School to send calming ripples across clients’ stiff muscle ponds. To ensure that each treatment is tailored to do the most good, Roen asks that clients vocalize their needs or that muscles simply twitch incessantly in the desired treatment area. She draws on modalities such as long, Swedish flowing strokes or reflexology to ease tension, whereas more deep-tissue techniques access lower-layer connective tissues. Roen’s signature two-person massage is ideal for loving couples or superhero-villain duos who've decided to let bygones be bygones.
At Waukee Massage Therapy at Elite Gym, licensed massage therapist Joanna West eradicates her clients' chronic stress with a variety of modalities, from the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage to the strategic targets of foot massage. She also relaxes muscles with hot stones and treats expectant mothers to pregnancy massages.
Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping helps clients of all ages, lifestyles, gender, and athletic ability achieve their fitness goals through results-orientated training. Long-time taekwondo competitor and teacher Lance Farrell developed the program to combat obesity and assist people develop healthy lifestyle habits by incorporating the fat-burning, strengthening and endurance building aspects of competitive martial arts training into a course for those less interested in traditional sparring or contact drills. During 45-minute sessions hosted six days a week, Farrell uses fitness as a catalyst for improving overall health, wellness, and athletic abilities. A 10-week program can result in visible changes sparked by discipline and nutritional commitment.
Former college athletes Melissa Grandon and Ryan Arguello founded Max Life Fitness & Nutrition to shape up bodies with vigorous workouts and practical nutritional advice. Each boot camp fuses moves from strength training, yoga, kickboxing, kettlebells, and plyometrics in a union as healthy as a marriage between a ThighMaster and a rice cake. Pairing inner health with outer brawn, Max Life consults clients on sound dietary choices through supermarket tours that lead shoppers to the most succulent fruits and the carrots with the least sour expressions on their faces, as well as nutrition workshops, healthy-dish potlucks, and unlimited one-on-one counseling. Classes take place Monday through Friday at 5:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:15 p.m.
When Brian Maro dared his friend Jeremy Yoder to come with him to CrossFit classes for two weeks, Jeremy wasn't worried. After all, he had been a certified fitness instructor for more than 15 years and had earned a black belt in tae kwon do, a national title in full-contact sparring, and an accreditation in advanced scuba diving. He could handle it.
But after his first session, the challenging workout had humbled him, and Jeremy had a new respect for the abilities of seasoned CrossFit athletes. Determined to improve, he threw himself into CrossFit five days a week, eventually earning certification as a CrossFit Level 1 trainer.
Today, Jeremy and Brian join forces to captain their own CrossFit gym—CrossFit Primal. Amid kettlebells, pull-up bars, and oversized tires, the duo of certified trainers and their staff lead students through CrossFit's signature high-intensity functional workouts. The coaches also slingshot students to their fitness goals with nutritional guidance that includes recipes and personal consultations. Committed to creating a supportive community, instructors provide their students with routine encouragement, host regular class parties, and devote every third class to faithfully re-creating scenes from Cheers.