J-Mike has always loved sports and fitness, and when an injury ended his college-baseball career, he was able to shift gears and received an education in fitness training. Today, he leads individuals and small groups through intense strength and cardio training in his indoor gym, challenging students to complete difficult, but scalable, boot-camp classes.
Within a wood-floored studio jam-packed with exercise balls and resistance machines, certified trainers Amanda Kemp-Grant and Caroline Soul work to create a welcoming atmosphere where students of all shapes and sizes can work toward their goals of losing weight, toning up, or figuring out the location to Joseph Pilates' hidden treasure. The duo combine their wealth of experience—which collectively includes backgrounds in Pilates, yoga, spinning, body building, and a bouquet of other modalities—to craft and helm a selection of dynamic classes that includes mat-based Pilates, machine-based Pilates, indoor cycling, and ballet-inspired barre.
Armed with various facilities, group classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, 24 Hour Fitness molds amorphous adobe muscles into rock-solid flesh houses. The clubs come divided into different types; two of the locations are of the active category, with cardio equipment, free weights, and strength machines, or the sport type, which may offer indoor lap pools, full-sized basketball courts, and saunas. The gym also hosts group exercise classes in all locations so social gym junkies can motivate each other and debate Dostoyevsky’s original diet plan. Group cycling sessions burn calories and increase energy levels, and hip-hop and the Latin dance-influenced Zumba classes present fun, dynamic alternatives to slim meat suits.
Years before he became the avid runner, swimmer, and certified fitness trainer he is today, Jared Harrison was a chubby kid. It was only after taking up sports in high school that he began to whip into shape. When he resolved to start his own fitness business during college, he eventually lost a total of 80 pounds. His hard work has paid off—not only is he a svelte and muscular titan of an athlete, he now owns and operates his own fitness program, Hit Fit.
Amid the professional equipment and private studios of the local One 2 One Training Center, he and his staff of fellow trainers lead one-on-one and small-group training sessions, as well as nutritional counseling sessions. They take their fitness sessions outside to local parks, challenging students with their boot-camp program's high-energy exercise routines. Covering both fitness and nutrition, the program is designed to help patrons lead overall healthier lifestyles and fit back into their high-school hot-dog costume.
The fight-ready staff at Paradigm Training Center includes MMA fighters, black belt martial artists, collegiate wrestlers, and certified kettlebell instructors. Together, they lead all kinds of youth and adult classes, including kickboxing, mixed martial arts, Brazilian jujitsu, and wrestling. In addition to ample mat space for sparring, grappling, and whimsical somersaulting, the facility features a weight room, cardio equipment, and a sauna for post-workout relaxation.
As a former NFL linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, 1st Class Training owner Antonio Armstrong knows what it takes to lead a healthy, fit, lifestyle on and off the field. At both of 1st Class Training's studios, he and his team of fitness and nutrition experts lead small-group and private workout sessions for people of all ages, abilities, and most security-clearance levels, all while coaching them to make certain their lifestyle changes are sustainable long term. Armstrong's metabolic workout system is designed to maximize fat burn, combining quick spurts of intense strength training with bursts of cardiovascular exercise, and the team customizes each workout to avoid mundane repetition and cater to each client's maximum level of intensity.