Top Notch Trainers’ certified personal trainers current Collegiate Strength & Conditioning coaches, and former collegiate athletes motivate their members to flip tractor tires, swing kettlebells, and move free-weights. Collectively, they leverage their intense passion for fitness, evidenced by national certification and collegiate sports experience, to inspire such feats during one-on-one personal training. The team also motivates groups during FitCamps, which they limit to eight participants, unlike community theater, for which eight participants is the minimum. This allows trainers to provide one-on-one training to each participant. On their wall-to-wall 3/4-inch rubber flooring, the staff leads cardio and resistance training to achieve benefits such as weight loss and muscle gain. They also train clients in-home, as well, as a measure of convenience.
After hanging up his gloves and hopping out of the ring, retired professional boxer Danny Campbell and his business partners opened the first Title Boxing Club in Kansas in 2008. The club’s boxing and kickboxing classes were such a hit that they opened two more locations, and in 2010, the first franchise location opened in Prairie Village, Kansas. Today, more than 100 nationwide locations house the same fitness classes and personal-training programs that earned the admiration of reporters from The Columbus Dispatch in 2012.
During each session, students tape up their hands and don gloves before aiming jabs, crosses, hooks, or kicks at evenly spaced bags as instructors lead them through a cardio workout designed to burn calories and build muscle. Training sessions also include conditioning with medicine balls, which are more effective at boosting health when lifted than when swallowed.
Founder Doug Owens leverages the vigorous fitness aspects of boxing to train clients, and in the past he has whipped into shape a number of pro athletes, including NFL quarterback Brady Quinn and NHL wing Jody Shelley. He translates his personally devised program into group and one-on-one sessions that incorporate weight training, conditioning, flexibility exercises, and a healthy diet. Doug places an emphasis on uniting these facets of physical fitness into a mutually reinforcing symphony, rather than focusing his program on one area, all while imparting the fundamentals of sparring, such as not sparring at the dinner table.
The Worthington Community Center keeps fitness buffs in shape with a 72,000-square-foot facility, housing two gymnasiums, two pools, an indoor track, and a fitness center. The 30-punch card gifts health hunters access to the fitness facilities and the swimming pools ($8/visit for adults, $5/visit for kids). The sprawling workout facility houses modern equipment for improving bodies, including weight machines, free weights, a pulse-pumping array of cardiovascular contraptions, and all the materials necessary to build a rubber muscle suit.