Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a three-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to train them to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with three months of unlimited tanning in high-powered beds that paint ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
Quintavius Bell competed among his peers from junior high—where he played team sports at the highest level in Class 6A—to college, as a Division I athlete. Along the way, he discovered that he not only took joy in training himself, but in helping others to achieve their goals, and later founded Competitive Edge Fit to make athlete-level training available to anyone. The results-oriented, dynamic training services are designed to motivate clients to attain overall or sports-specific goals. The staff of experienced, specialized trainers help clients achieve their full potential, whether its by burning calories in group Zumba classes or achieving faster sprint times with speed training in one-on-one sports clinics.
Nick Parker, a certified celebrity personal trainer who has appeared on FOX, Good Morning America, and a range of other media outlets, partners with a team of able coaches to propel exercisers of all levels toward slimmer, healthier bodies. Five days a week, the crew leads boot camps designed to promote weight loss and tone muscles throughout the body. Most sessions incorporate cardio, which burns calories, and strength training, which increases lean muscle mass and the possibility of making a bull run from you. The staff encourages camaraderie and a mutually supportive environment during especially tough drills, which can forge bonds that may lead to friendships. Coaches also provide inspiration by varying the workouts, cultivating a welcoming atmosphere, and praising participants as they chase down their fitness goals.
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.
Northside Sportsplex presents exercisers with numerous avenues to get fit and stay fit. On its soccer field, the facility hosts tournaments, leagues, and pickup games throughout the week. Competitive juices keep flowing during boot-camp classes, where groups of exercisers power through high-energy workouts under the direction of nationally certified trainers. For a more individualized routine, Northside Sportsplex also offers personal and sport-specific training programs and clinics.
At iBoot Camp Orlando, exercisers don’t have to fret with complicated gym equipment or exercises to lose weight. Instead, nationally certified trainer Rich Massa opts for functional movements such as push-ups, sit-ups, jumping, and flipping oversize tires end over end across the state of Iowa. Though difficult, the classes are made easier with the support from other exercisers and Massa’s upbeat, encouraging “Champmaker” persona.