To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
If Art McDermott, owner of Matrix Strength & Fitness, handed you his stack of certifications, you might get winded by the time you flipped through them all. Art holds rank as a certified nutritionist, a strength and conditioning specialist, and even an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts. Instead of using all that wisdom to create the most powerful supervillain the world has ever seen, Art uses his expertise to help clients transform their bodies at Matrix. The private training center specializes in personal training, nutrition counseling, and sports performance in addition to a class schedule packed with boot camp workouts and speed and agility sessions to build endurance and strength.
Named after the Greek god of war, CrossFit Ares hopes to help its clients win their fitness battles?whether they're fighting to do 20 pull-ups or win a body-building championship. The CrossFit program embraces all experience levels with its mix of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardio drills that scale up or down in intensity to challenge everyone from beginners to beginners with bionic exoskeletons.
Each routine is known as a workout of the day, or 'WOD', and owner Craig Galloway puts a serious dose of thought into their composition. He meets with his staff for one Saturday out of every month, planning different exercise lineups that keep gym members simultaneously safe and entertained. He brings the same level of forethought to warm-ups, as well, and considers them just as important as the main class event.
Treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, stair-climbers—most gyms are packed with equipment just like this. What makes Elite Fitness Center unique is that every membership also comes with a team of certified trainers who help each person get the most out of each workout. To begin, trainers assess personal fitness levels and use that data to apply the best methods for losing weight, improving stamina, and building enough muscle to open any jar. Their customized programs achieve that through cardio and resistance training as well as in-depth nutritional counseling. Elite also hosts kickboxing and karate classes, giving participants several group-oriented approaches to fitness.
After more than 20 years spent in the fitness industry, Joshua Fleming founded Victory Fit Camp. His formula relies on physical and mental training that he learned in the US Marine Corps as well as nutritional advice from licensed experts. Today, each Victory Fit boot-camp session is led by an experienced coach, who walks clients of all fitness levels through indoor workouts or outdoor obstacle courses of ropes, foam pits, and trampolines.
Intensity and variation. The two key components to a successful CrossFit experience, they're also the two traits that the trainers at Gold Medal CrossFit value the most. Along with their tight-knit community of clients, they optimize their workout regimens through CrossFit's ever-changing workouts of the day. However, just because they flip the same tires and do the same pull-ups doesn't mean that Gold Medal is like every other CrossFit box. Here, trainers build one-on-one relationships with each client, helping them train their minds to match their muscles and perfect techniques that keep them both strong and safe.
Following CrossFit's core principles, the staff of trainers follow a three-pronged approach to fitness: functionality intensity, and variation. To that end, they change up workout routines daily, blending functional exercises such as plyometric exercises, Olympic-style weightlifting, and gymnastics into an endless array of rigorous regimens. Community is is another element to their approach?they cultivate an atmosphere of support, camaraderie, and accountability so that all participants get the most from their time in the group sessions.