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.
Owner and registered yoga teacher Leigh Brennan strives to make her students feel comfortable and welcome on their journeys to healthier lifestyles at A Place To Call Om. Within their open and well-lit studios, they motivate students of all ability levels to push toward well-being via Vinyasa yoga and fitness classes. To set the tone to her classes, Brennan infuses sessions with tunes from her own music library, playing a mix of Top 40 hits and kirtan songs. The classes range in intensity from the vigorous power flow plus, which pairs fast-paced Vinyasa poses with weight training, to gentle flow yoga, a slow-paced series set to soft candlelight and the mewling of contented kittens.
At GoYoga, certified instructors welcome students of all skill levels by demonstrating modifications that make poses easier for beginners or trickier for veterans. During Flow Fundamentals classes, they gently adjust alignment as students build strength and release stress with basic poses. Deep breaths power full-fledged Flow routines, which revolve around graceful Vinyasa sequences that more closely resemble dance steps. In addition to hosting beat-driven Groove sessions, the studio holds many types of classes inside an 85-degree room, which ousts toxins and allows muscles to feel as limber as a freshly massaged puddle.
True to its simplistic name, Wellness Forum Hot Yoga cranks the thermostat to a warm, humid, and detoxifying temperature designed to burn body fat, loosen stiff muscles, and flush out toxins. During each 90-minute hot-yoga class, the studio's trained instructors lead a looped series of 26 flowing poses, pushing well-warmed student bodies to forge new, flexible frontiers while maintaining rhythmic deep-relaxation breathing. After just a few flowing sessions, mentally limber students at Wellness Forum Hot Yoga can expect healthier-looking skin and occasional bouts of endorphin-induced giggles. To make the most of the heat-seeking experience, first-timers should arrive 15 minutes early with beach towels and yoga mats (rentals available for $1), plus water in their bodies, their bottles, and, if applicable, in any unattended at-home aquariums.
Although he's now a fitness expert and personal trainer to the stars, Todd "The Bodyman" wasn't always in perfect health. Todd struggled with both childhood lung disease and a ballooning waistline before losing more than 40 pounds and reclaiming a healthy lifestyle. Not only did he overcome those obstacles, he went on to become a black-belted martial artist, serve in the US Army, and eventually marshal his expertise as an active-lifestyle consultant for NBC 4 television. Today, Body by Todd's online resum? sparkles with celebrities such as actor Danny Glover, NFL pro and sports anchor Cris Carter, and recording artist Marti Dodson.
It's not just Todd who has emerged victorious from personal health battles. His team of trainers?which includes new moms and former cheerleaders, gymnasts, and soccer players?has each eked out hard-scrabble victories against excess weight, losing 25?75 pounds each. Todd and his crew have helped more than 10,000 clients reach their fitness goals with custom programs, using straightforward nutritional guidelines and exercises that, like dinner parties spent rubbing elbows with famous Muppets, are easy on the joints.
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.