At Willowick Fit Body Bootcamp, the certified personal trainers burn fat without pelting students with intimidation tactics. Instead of shouts, they slenderize students with science, motivating them through workouts designed to keep calorie furnaces burning for up to 30 hours after the workout has been wiped off and wrung into a Corvette’s gas tank. They help their clients achieve these prolonged metabolic crescendos with strategic combinations of cardio exercises and resistance training.
The fitness instructors at each of Body Sculpting's dozens of gyms lead their customers in the fight to stave off osteoporosis, increase lean muscle mass, improve cardiovascular fitness, and lose weight. During fitness sessions, they teach visitors the proper form and principles of the gym's flagship Body Sculpting program, which focuses on cardio and weight-training exercises that often require only a set of 5-pound dumbbells, an exercise mat, and a stretch band. They augment this central program with a range of other classes that delve into barre-fitness techniques, exercises for the abdominals and core, workouts for the back, and cardiovascular training. To help customers achieve their fitness goals and continue fighting crime past bedtime, the gym sells products such as stretch bands used by physical therapists, heel-elevation boards, and instructional manuals. Trainers also help customers stay fit with an exercise of the month that draws from techniques such as Pilates.
Inside The Bar CrossFit's 6,000-square-foot facility, an electric-green graffiti mural forms the backdrop for all the barbells, kettle bells, benches, and squat racks that fill the space. This is the scene for every Workout of the Day performed in the facility, each led by a member of its staff of Level 1 coaches. Participants may find themselves tackling a new functional-movement workout with every visit, but sweat and exertion are constants. Commitment has its rewards, though: in addition to the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the completion of every workout and well-executed classmate chest-bump, regular CrossFitters will see marked improvements in strength, balance, endurance, and agility.