The professional staff and certified personal trainers at Optimal Sport Health Club, a popular chain of boutique fitness centers in Philadelphia, want to help their clients get into the best shape of their lives. The facilities have everything members need to reach their workout goals, whether they want to build lean muscle, lose weight, or simply get stronger.
Here, clients can work out with the cardio and strength-training equipment or head over to the group fitness studio to take classes in everything from Pilates to step class to yoga. Personal trainers are on hand for those looking to ramp up their fitness routines.
Ten years ago, Jon Haas counted himself among other out-of-shape office workers. He'd begun to fill out and develop back pain thanks to long workdays spent in front of a computer screen. To stave off the effects of his sedentary lifestyle, Jon began performing short, powerful workouts in the comfort of his hotel room, often using simply his own bodyweight and a chair. Then he added a kettlebell. Eventually, the exercises gained such popularity among his family, friends, and coworkers that Jon opened Warrior Fitness Gym, which offers a variety of fitness classes, including boxing and martial arts, to combat ill health and extra pounds.
Subversion Fitness helps those with fitness goals build stronger, firmer bodies through a roster of nine varied, boutique-style fitness classes. Spandex-clad soldiers join blistering boot-camp classes, scheduled as 40-minute midday sessions or early-bird meetings for out-of-shape ospreys. Instructors impart kinesthetic wisdom and lead clients in developing long, lean muscles through ballet-influenced barre body sessions, or empower students to push and pull their own body weight through TRX suspension training. Class participants also sweat during the confidence-bestowing moves of a cardio-kickboxing session or the fun, Latin-inspired Zumba dance class. Subversion's fitness fiends embrace a host of green techniques and practices, instituting a paperless paradigm, recycling water bottles, and adopting a filtration system for the coolers full of water that they dump on instructors after each successful class.
Though Dan Campos has been playing baseball and other sports most of his life, after high school he knew he could still be in better shape. After losing 65 pounds, he decided to enter a natural-bodybuilding competition and fell in love with the sport. Today he’s a professional bodybuilder and spends his downtime training others at Dan Campos Fitness. While bodybuilding is his focus, Campos's training methods range from individual training—onsite or in-home—to group boot-camp classes. He even provides online nutritional counseling, which includes tips for eating healthy and downloadable restraining orders against cake itself. Campos's flexible approach has created some loyal clients, including one whom he helped to lose 200 pounds over two years.
You can't get fit just by running or curling weights. A broad range of exercises always proves more effective, and that's why it is appropriate that Elena Ciccotelli, founder of TrainerDiva, Inc., draws on everything from ballet to yoga. Ballet-inspired strength-training classes, for example, tone muscles. Those muscles then become flexible in yoga sessions. During group classes, the studio might fill with the bouncing music that drives Zumba or the contented sighs of patrons finishing a core training session.