Husband-and-wife duo James and Joyce Moore combine strength, cardio, and core training into a boot-camp program designed to eat away at unwanted bodily excess. A free body diagnostic jump-starts the boot-camp experience, as does the four-week meal plan, grocery list, and recipes that participants receive to give them the energy for their exercise routine and the strength to stand up to animate platters of cheese. A cardio-blast routine included in the package takes place at the end of the class and lasts 15 minutes, giving attendees an extra heart high-five before they leave. Classes are currently offered Monday through Thursday evenings (5 p.m., 6 p.m. classes), Monday through Friday mornings (5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m. classes) and Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 12 p.m.
Platoon's two-hour self-defense training course was developed by Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Noah Spear as a means of training teenaged girls and women in easy and effective techniques to escape a physical attack. She leads the small classes, giving personalized instruction that allows participants to perfect street-smart self-defense moves in an intimate setting. Practice on a real-live man before heading out into the wild armed with the knowledge and the ability to dodge danger. Call ahead for availability.
On his website, certified trainer Bill Abbott admits he may be “the laziest health and fitness expert in the world.” A lack of enthusiasm for drawn-out workouts and strict diets led him to develop the Unstoppable Fitness Formula—an efficient exercise routine that incorporates cardio, resistance, core, and flexibility to burn up to 850 calories per hour. During indoor classes at Fit Body Boot Camp, he and his team lead campers in whittling physiques with suspension trainers and battling ropes, using positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than the intimidation and ridicule employed by sentient refrigerators. In addition to correcting form and technique, the staff helps guests keep metabolisms roasting by doling out expert nutrition advice.
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.
John G. Essel, Boot Camp Challenge's American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified instructor, and his sculpted staff of fitness friends, whittle flabby flesh suits into well-tailored muscle tuxedos with a program of fun, intense exercises. With six 60-minute boot camp classes over a two-week period, bodies of all shapes and sizes will see tangible results, from the shedding of a few extra pounds to the fresh buds of a Hulk Hogan–style mustache. Personalized attention helps guide nutritional habits, strengthen muscles, increase endurance, and condition the cardiovascular system, and the body composition assessment allows students to track results in real time. Working out in a group is a great way to meet friends, share successes, build camaraderie, and discuss how great another Police Academy movie would be.
The instructors at Inner Drive Fitness take their cycling seriously. Astride state-of-the-art FreeMotion S11 stationary bicycles, they turn indoor cycling classes into adventures, replicating the rush of real-life races with footage splashed across a large-screen projection system. Their top-of-the-line audio system also keeps students motivated, pumping out techno jams and invigorating bald eagle screeches. The high-octane cycling sessions often blend in aspects of other fitness disciplines, with classes incorporating everything from strength training to yoga moves.