Maximum Fitness's certified personal trainers Steve Schmidt and Sydni Wisniewski call upon more than 16 years of experience as they motivate clients towards their health and fitness goals. With a degree in exercise science and the study of human movement, Schmidt specializes in rehabilitation, weight management, and sports performance. Wisniewski holds personal-training certification from the National Council on Strength and Fitness and also focuses on helping athletes achieve maximal success. As a former NCAA All-American in track and field and high-school coach whose track-and-field students have gone on to qualify for the Junior Olympics, she knows firsthand what it takes to be the best.
The duo imparts get-fit know-how during one-on-one training sessions and two types of boot-camp classes. The Average Joe's camps are geared toward beginners, whereas the Body Blitz camp is a more intense physical and mental challenge for advanced exercisers. Exercisers build muscle and trim waistlines with strength-building equipment including kettlebells, cardio machines, and medicine balls, the last of which should not be swallowed without a prescription.
Forte Fitness?s owner, Alicia Streger, gathers a crew of trainers whose backgrounds are as diverse as the exercises performed within her boot camps. When not motivating people to achieve their fitness goals, instructors spend time participating in fitness competitions and charity camps within the community, building strong bonds and increasing their accountability and success as co-trainers. Each instructor's background is reflected in his or her physical and mental fitness, and they try to instill that discipline in students through their 21-day Belly Blast Challenges, boot camps, and regular kettlebell courses, all supplemented with nutritional education. For traveling clients who don?t want to lose the rhythm of their routine, the instructors assemble their 20 favorite body-weight exercises, ones that conveniently don?t require using any particular equipment or punching any particular wall.
Between 1984 and 1986, Michael Echevarria. For three years running, he out-hoisted all comers to become, and stay, the U.S. Air Force powerlifting champion in his class. But it wasn’t until 1996, when he started training for bodybuilding competitions—which emphasize aesthetics and pageantry over raw power—that he learned how hard it is to shed body fat.
As a personal trainer and owner of Fitness by Example, he leverages that struggle to deliver tailored programs and boot camps to his clients that help them lose weight and build muscle. Clients, ranging from 11 to 91, amp up cardio strength during outdoor boot camps or glean all kinds of benefits, such as lower cholesterol, during one-on-one sessions. When he’s not helping patrons hit their target weight right in its smirking face, Echevarria authors myriad articles that outline clever tricks for speeding up metabolism or the benefits of flexibility.
The staff at Legacy Fitness never yells, berates, or curses at their patrons during Legacy Fitness boot camps. Instead, they motivate them with a sense of humor and positive encouragement. To keep them engaged and prevent them from suffering workout burnout, they lead them in a new routine every day. This ever-varying approach prevents bodies from adapting to the workouts, so muscles must always work their hardest, burning more calories and building strength more quickly. They conduct the camps at multiple indoor and outdoor locations, drawing from the surroundings to guide the workouts. On any given day, students might flip oversize tires end over end and work as a team to push a car down an empty street or do sprints and heave medicine balls in a gym. These functional workouts help patrons tone their entire bodies more safely and effectively than swimming laps in a quicksand pit.
Energizing beats fuel each furious workout at F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp as groups move together to shave off pounds and shape stronger bodies. Certified personal trainers start fresh each day with a new workout that employs dumbbells, jump ropes, and the Lebert Equalizer to keep heart rates pumping while building muscle mass. Unlike other boot camps, the trainers motivate through positive reinforcement rather than by yelling at clients or leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on their fridges. Additionally, each energy-boosting session is held indoors, so students need not worry about sessions being canceled due to rain.
A bodybuilder since age 18, Michelle continues to push herself in figure competitions, marathons, obstacle courses, and kickboxing. Certifications in personal training, kickboxing, and CPR allow her to strengthen students, teach them to fight, then beat them up and simultaneously revive them.