Heaven & Hell Bootcamp's trainers reflect more of the angelic side of their company's name. Unlike boot camps that aim to cultivate a military atmosphere, their workouts never include shouting or require camouflage formal wear. Instead, certified trainers Damon Burell and Michael Caputo keep an upbeat, friendly attitude as they lead workouts for all fitness levels. These sessions take place indoors or outside and might incorporate exercises such as jumping rope, sports drills, and resistance training.
Armed with a degree in kinesiology and experience as a health-club manager, Solution Fitness’s instructor converts personal training into a social activity. In outdoor boot camps, he keeps the atmosphere light and encouraging, guiding clients toward their fitness goals with a new workout each week.
PGA golfer and certified golf instructor Chad Johansen augments his academy with exclusive techniques and high-tech video equipment. The golf gurus help fortify short games with the putting-lesson package, which takes place inside of a studio outfitted with four cameras that monitor the putter head, ball roll, putter lie and motion, and body movement during each stroke. A certified technician of the V1 professional video and putting system, Chad Johansen also helps golfers with a putter fitting to avoid overly bent backs or to inform golfers that they should stop putting with a two-by-four.
Boasting more than 20 years of experience as a trainer and a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and exercise physiology, Tiffanie Sperling knows how to design efficient workouts. She shares this expertise with everyone from casual exercisers to aspiring athletes in sessions that vary in their approach and intensity. Naturally, personal training offers the most individualized attention, as Tiffanie customizes regimens to each individual's fitness level and goals. The boot camps take a slightly more broad approach, changing each day of the week as they incorporate cardio work, interval training, and strength and endurance exercises, ensuring that every workout is engaging. Tiffanie also offers classes for mothers and mothers-to-be, as well as intensive workouts intended to prepare patrons for competing in a triathlon or racing the sun across every timezone.
Born in India—the same land where yoga originated centuries ago—Poonam Gupta has felt a profound attachment to the ancient discipline since childhood, when her father led her through the first steps of what would become a lifelong journey. Those early sessions with her father led Poonam to spend countless hours meditating, meeting with teachers, and perusing spiritual texts. In the course of her studies, she discovered that the physical practice of yoga was only part of the equation; the process of studying and furthering her knowledge of the art proved equally self-empowering.
Poonam thought back to this breakthrough when it came time to found her own studio, naming it Yoga Gyan Jyoti, which translates to “light of yogic knowledge.” Today, her daily yoga classes help practitioners to improve their flexibility, build their strength, and overcome weight issues. The center complements its yoga classes with training in ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine that focuses on correcting imbalances that result from years of poor nutrition or one-handed pushups.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number more than 34,000 around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.