ACE-certified personal trainer Chad Lee knows that most people need more than encouraging words to keep up with a new fitness regimen. That's why he and his staff consult with their clients to determine each one's reason for taking on private, partner, or small-group training sessions at Premier Fitness. Once they've isolated distinct goals, they customize workouts and dietary advice around the patron's medical history, lifestyle, and adaptation to exercise routines. An ever-present sense of humor buoys their lessons, eliminating boredom and increasing laughter without unsafe tickle fights between bench presses.
Chad specializes in metabolic circuit training for weight management and has championed a Drop a Pant or Dress Size program for a well-rounded attack on surplus pounds. Inside the gym's private facilities, he mixes squats, body-weight maneuvers, and yoga poses into a challenging cocktail of cardio and strength training. The 28-day group camp series also includes nutritional guidance and at-home fitness resources, allowing students to become self-sufficient monitors of their health.
Although Shawn Strickland is a certified trainer with a masters of education in exercise science, it didn't take a genius to see the benefits of smaller workout groups. Rather than leading large boot-camp classes where some students can fall behind, mishear instructions, or simply feel isolated, he has designed his boot camps for groups of no more than five at a time. This way, he can afford to guide clients through more intricate training regimens, employing kettle bells, resistance bands, and floor routines while observing the correct form and progress of each individual.
With an all-access pass to a full class schedule and all exercise components in the Just for Ladies facility, gentlewomen will glisten and gleam as they sculpt their upper and lower bodies using the Shapemaster toning system. These silently motorized toning tables use repetitive isokinetic motion to flatten abdominals, improve posture, and increase one's range of motion—working both sides of the body equally rather than just the one used to dangle perilously from cliffs. Otherwise, sweat it out on a variety of cardio machines, including stair climbers, stationary bikes, treadmills, yackety saxes, and ellipticals—all equipped with TVs to keep boredom at bay. To keep sweat donations social, Just for Ladies' expert instructors blast groups of bodies with classes in aerobics, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba (classes vary by location).
The first order of business for Cross Fit Wichita's trainers is to get everyone on a first-name basis; it's commonplace for trainers to encourage a round of handshakes before they read off the day's workout. Community plays a central role in the gym's CrossFit and boot-camp programs, which explains why all new CrossFit members typically begin with On Ramp. This program teaches CrossFit's core movements, such as squats and presses, so clients feel comfortable entering the group WOD classes, also known as the Workout of the Day. These daily-changing workouts favor a dynamic, nonspecialized approach to build all three of the body's metabolic pathways, from the phosphagen pathway that powers high-effort, short-duration activities to the oxidative pathway that drives lower-effort, sustained activity such as distance running and rowing.
This approach also develops CrossFit's 10 recognized physical skills—such as cardiovascular endurance, strength, and agility—that serve as measures of overall fitness. Trainers keep a close eye on every member, adjusting exercises to easier or more challenging versions. This helps clients stay on track to meet their fitness goals, whether they're focused on losing weight, building muscle, or tearing through a T-shirt with a single flex. To further cater their services to clients, trainers never hold them to long-term contracts, and the gym’s warehouse-like setting and low-tech equipment—squat cages, rowing machines, and platforms for box jumps—prevent the pretension that sometimes comes with commercial gyms.
Guests meander into Fit Physique Fitness Center’s open two-storied gym before working up a sweat on the track that encircles the balcony, or by hauling around free weights. After self-driven workouts, they can head up to the expansive, wood-floored studio for Zumba, yoga, or tae kwon do classes, or out onto the 15-station outdoor obstacle course where they’ll scramble up rope ladders and hoist themselves up and over wood-slatted walls. Children can cavort on the obstacle courses during birthday parties when they aren’t being watched, entertained, or taught to fill out individual income-tax returns in the onsite kid-sitting area.
No two people have the exact same fitness goals, so Omega Training’s staff of personal trainers—including former athletes and competitive bodybuilders—helps clients devise a workout regimen that suits their needs. Whether the workouts help build muscle tone, bolster endurance, increase flexibility, or facilitate weight loss, they can be accompanied by a personally tailored nutrition plan. In addition to the personal-training sessions, instructors also lead small group classes as well as boot-camp-style workouts.