Led by owner and fitness enthusiast Sandi Vande Berg, the expert personal instructors of T3 Fitness focus on customizing workout routines to suit individual needs. They lead small groups through FIT Club sessions designed to increase strength and endurance, as well as Pilates classes that promote strong cores and flexibility.
The certified personal trainers at ASCENT Gym help clients achieve their fitness goals by following the gym’s acronym: Acceleration, Strength, Concentrated muscle growth, Explosive movements, Nutrition, and Testing. Small group classes are geared toward each of the six methods to help people lose weight and increase muscle mass and endurance. Once a month, participants undergo testing to track their progress, and a registered dietician creates nutritional challenges that individuals can tackle.
The techniques that Lauren Birkel imparts to her trainers are the same ones she used on herself while preparing for and completing the rigorous Ironman World Championships in 2005 and 2011, as well as the France-held International Triathlon Union Long Course World Championships in 2007. With this history of achieving difficult goals, Birkel knows how to inspire students without commissioning a band of rabid coyotes to chase them while they run.
She and her many cotrainers use these thoroughly tested methods of motivation to push students toward healthier lives in one-on-one, small-group, and large-group training sessions. She decks out her indoor studios with all the necessary equipment for personal-training sessions and isn't afraid to lead all-outdoor boot-camp academies in the heat or rain.
At Ellipse Fitness, the only pieces of machinery that you operate are the levers, pulleys, and ball-and-socket mechanisms of your own skeleton. The gyms abstain from treadmills and bikes in favor of a full class schedule and a cooperative group atmosphere. With 35 or more lessons scheduled per week, certified instructors guide students of all experience levels through an ever-changing line-up of strength and cardio drills. These routines incorporate tools such as resistance bands, TRX suspension cords, kettle bells, battling ropes, and kickboxing equipment, though the primary instrument is always the human physique.
In addition to their standard classes, the staff also hosts boot-camp sessions and seminars on mastering your metabolism. Their weight-loss programs encompass weekly check-ins, during which clients receive nutritional resources and gauge their progress by taking measurements instead of stockpiling all the food they didn't eat in a jar. Regardless of its ultimate goal, each Ellipse Fitness regimen involves personal attention and a holistic, full-body approach to wellness.
With Mission: Metabolism, all students must first attend a Mission: Unbreakable session ($55) in order to boost mobility, flexibility, and baditude in preparation for the intensity of standard Mission: Metabolism classes ($219). Unbreakable sessions are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. The three-week session is a required prerequisite, but you can decide how to schedule it: enjoy three weeks of Mission: Unbreakable followed by a standard session of Mission: Metabolism for up to seven weeks of bliss and burn, or do both simultaneously. Your three weeks of Mission: Metabolism intensive exercise will be capped with a week of active recovery time and a nutritionally minded trip to the grocer—the first step to implementing fat-burning meal plans. You'll also get a one-on-one goal-setting session with your trainer. Full-intensity Mission: Metabolism workouts are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6 a.m., 6:45 a.m., and 6 p.m. at the Bay View location and at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Mequon locale.
When 9Round founder and IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson isn't dominating combat rings across North American and Europe, he is taking care of his two children. It was with his kids in mind that the seasoned black belt crafted his signature workout¬—a challenging professional fighter's training regime compacted into a hectic, schedule-friendly 30 minutes.
Today, certified trainers in 9Round gyms across the nation lead students in Shannon's workout, guiding classes through its nine rounds of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance-training exercises. Instructors vary the rounds each day, supplementing body-weight exercises with jump ropes, punching bags, and free-weights. Coaches also encourage diets of fruits and lean meats and counsel students against common dieting pitfalls, such as skipping breakfast or storing smoothie surplus in unmarked laundry-detergent bottles.
At Body By Design, certified personal trainer Joey Huber does just what his business name implies: personalizes workout plans to help clients achieve the bodies they envision. Amid a new spacious, light-green studio, Huber and his team of seven personal trainers lead exercisers through completely custom personal-training sessions and small- and large-group training, as well as larger-scale boot-camp classes that use high-intensity interval training to tone the body. The team also brings their services to office environments for corporate training to help slim down overstuffed filing cabinets.