The certified personal trainers and registered dietitians at Marino's Body Shop strive to help their clients hit lean fitness goals with scientifically calibrated athletic training, weight loss, and muscle building programs designed to keep them safe and motivated. In addition to personal training sessions, the staff leads teams through a metabolic group coaching program that includes such exercises as flipping giant tires and small submarines. They also work with high-school athletes to build sport-specific strength and stamina for a more successful season. When not working out with clients, the shop's fitness experts show the ropes to future trainers and physical therapists while leading continuing education classes.
It isn't always easy to find time to workout. Anytime Fitness accommodates their members' diverse workout schedules by giving them access to fitness equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The facility is monitored day and night by a security system, and members can enter whenever they wish using their own key rather than answering three riddles posed by a troll living under the doormat. Once inside, they can enjoy the gym’s many amenities, from plate-loaded strength equipment and private showers to hydromassage tables and TV-equipped cardio machines. Members can also augment their workout regimens with group fitness classes and health plans designed by Anytime Fitness's expert staff.
At MMAXOUT Fitness, certified trainers fuse high-impact circuit workouts with the punishing training techniques of MMA fighters. A sample class might find students transitioning from slicing upper cuts through the air to dropping down and pounding out mountain climbers and muay thai elbow strikes against a pad on the ground. Each week focuses on a different muscle group, helping participants build a balanced, toned body. Instructors challenge their students to dig deep, leading the charge through vocal shouts of encouragement and silent yet stirring kabuki movement pieces.
Equipment: Kettlebells, TRX, dumbbells, barbells, Precor, FMS, Life Fitness, and bikes
Students should bring: Bottled water, comfortable clothes, and a towel
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
The trainers at Body Blast Boot Camp take the guesswork out of working out with a simple solution: they eliminate the unpredictability of nature. In a 10,000-square-foot indoor space, they design workouts that help clients achieve immediate results with exciting exercises. Adjacent to the gym, an expansive field hosts outdoor boot camps when the weather permits.
Michael Barbato knows what it's like to battle his own body. He'd started to put on the pounds when, one day, the sight of himself in a dressing-room mirror made him realize he needed to change his lifestyle. He started heading to the gym and settled into a workout routine, but it wasn't working. When he discovered working out with Russian kettlebells, he slimmed down and his outlook changed. Not only were his workouts never the same, but he was also determined to share the unique form of weight training with others.
Today, he and his fellow Russian Kettlebell Challenge–certified instructors encourage students to push themselves in group fitness classes as they swing and lift the rounded weights by their handles. Their services also include one-on-one and small-group training sessions. In whatever type of training he’s leading, Michael strives to create an atmosphere free of intimidation, where everyone feels encouraged to keep moving toward the spoils of both mental and physical changes.