Although the certified trainers at Bold Bootcamp push exercisers to achieve their fitness goals, they also maintain a positive, no-pressure environment that allows for plenty of fun. Sweating side-by-side with their peers, guests can shed inches, build muscle, and ask each other "Which way to the beach?" during intense yet rewarding group boot-camp classes. For one-on-one attention, the trainers also perform physical assessments that gauge the client's fitness level and influence personalized exercise regimens. Clients can see proof of tangible results with before-and-after photos that are included with each assessment.
To fitness trainer Jon Chacon, the first order of business with any client is building a sturdy foundation of strength. His boot camp, athletic training, and strength camp incorporate both strength training and conditioning with bursts of high-intensity exercise. Pared-down workouts in a spartan facility use tools, such as ropes and sandbags, that emphasize agility and functional strength?values familiar to Chacon, whose experience ranges from commercial fishing to the Marine Corps. He also guides clients with nutrition and supplement guidelines, as well as monthly weight and body fat measurements.
Equipment: Cast iron kettlebells.
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel and mat.
Average class length: 30 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Pro Tip: I am a caring and compassionate person, especially good with those new to a fitness program.
Mukilteo Fitness Bar's founder Laurie George operates her classes with two core beliefs in mind: that group exercise is a motivational tool and that everyone should switch up their fitness routines from time to time. With these principles as a guide, Mukilteo Fitness Bar offers classes in the latest fitness trends, from Surfset and Indo-Row to Navy SEAL?designed TRX suspension classes, which make use of simple, functional movements and clients' own body weight. The Mukilteo also offers core-building PiYo classes and fat-burning Booty Barre workouts.
A certified CrossFit trainer, Drew Barquist eschews the typical gym workout in favor of a variety of intense exercises. This approach prepares his trainees to expect the unexpected and come to appreciate the well-rounded workout. As a competitive athlete, Barquist has seen the effects of this training regimen on his own weightlifting endeavors. He's also watched his clients overcome mobility problems and chronic pain. Rather than work out of a gym, he brings his training sessions to clients' homes to they can avoid making excuses such as "I don't have time" and "someone glued all my doors shut."
At Xtra Fitness, there's never downtime to wonder what machines are free or which exercise you should be doing. That's because the gym doesn't have memberships—it's entirely dedicated to the X-Circuit training program, led by owners Steve and Vanessa Herrick. The program puts students through a 45-minute circuit that incorporates both cardio drills and resistance work, challenging them to heft kettlebells, ropes, and their own bodyweight in between running or plyometrics. Two degrees of intensity accommodate guests of different fitness levels, and the trainers closely supervise each circuit, ensuring that everyone gets individual attention without having to raise their hand during a pushup. To stave off boredom, Steve and Vanessa also develop new circuits regularly.