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.
Juana Williams knows not only what it takes to lose weight, but also to keep it off: she lost more than 45 pounds and has maintained her newfound figure for more than six years. To share her passion for fitness with others, she opened BodybyJuana, where she and five other instructors lead boot-camp, yoga, Zumba, and Piloxing classes, as well as personal-training sessions. They also curate an extensive list of healthy recipe ideas and fitness tips on their website so that clients can maintain their routines at home or when stranded on a dessert island that has an inexplicable Wi-Fi signal.
Gretchen Dusseau and Keri Crost faced a challenging paradox: how could those with little time achieve the level of fitness their body needs?This is when they founded their own fitness philosophy, launching System of Strength.
At SOS, Gretchen and Keri's team take participants through a five-part training system that covers metabolic, eccentric, strength, and isometric training, with a healthy smattering of stretching and diet tossed into the bargain. This approach guides each of SOS?s classes, creating dynamic workouts that incorporate exercises such as plyometrics, yoga poses, and Pilates combinations that can be adjusted for every fitness level.
Gretchen and Keri empathize with their clients, understanding how easily mental obstacles and everyday distractions can get in the way of a fitness regimen, what with family obligations and smart phones that need to be fed every hour. To help clients soldier through these challenges, they pepper SOS?s site with motivational quotes and posts success stories as sources of inspiration.
During the day or night, on a holiday or a plain old Tuesday, Anytime Fitness is always open. Once they register, members get a key to the gym?s secured entryway, which means they have 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access to any of the club?s nearly 2,400 locations all over the globe. Personal trainers staff each location, where they lead customized one-on-one training sessions or provide quick and simple tips for using the gym?s high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. The roster of group classes includes kickboxing and boot camp to whip bodies into shape in a fun and supportive environment. After a sweat session, members can head to the private restroom for a shower or catch up on their stories on one of the treadmills equipped with a personal TV. Exercisers can also accentuate their hard-earned musculature with a tanning session or two, since access to beds can be added onto their membership for an additional fee.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.