Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
Some of dance instructor Jessica Hall's students have gone on to tour with Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige. That's because when she teaches, she taps into her experience as a choreographer and dancer for MTV and HBO and having made appearances in movies, TV shows, and commercials. At The Swan Studio, she shares her encyclopedic knowledge of dancing and the role of dancing in show business with her students. The studio also offers Pilates classes, which are designed to help students of all levels build lean muscle, lose weight, improve posture, and eliminate back pain.
The coaches at CrossFit Arise help clients build strength and stamina through natural, functional movements rather than traditional machine-based exercises. Their one-hour classes promote performance throughout the body by incorporating gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, and sports techniques into the continually updated Workout of the Day. Guests can expect all manner of inventive approaches, from heaving kettlebells to shimmying up ropes to kissing pull-up bars after plying them with roses clenched between teeth.
At Energy Health Clubs’ two locations, members can feel the burn in the weight room, aboard cardio equipment, and during Group X classes such as Zumba, yoga, and spin or personal training sessions. Exercisers can work out until 10 p.m. Monday–Thursday at the Windsor location or visit Cotati, which is open 24 hours a day Tuesday–Thursday. The Cotati location also boasts a smoothie bar and indoor pool and both locations provide childcare services seven days a week.
Sandy Seekins has always been passionate about being active and eating healthy, but there was always a major obstacle in her way: she hates the gym. But when a friend gave her a yoga mat for Christmas one year, she found her workaround. So when she eventually opened her own studio, Yoga Paradise, it makes sense that she focused her services on whole-body wellness, including nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, massage, and acupuncture. Of course, yoga is the core of Yoga Paradise, and Sandy has two studios that allow her and her team to teach a mix of classes that includes hot yoga, vinyasa, aerial yoga, and Forest Yoga, which is open only to wood nymphs.