Sandbox Training's one-on-one personal training and group-fitness classes help men and women burn calories and build lean, powerful muscles through nutritional education, strength training, and endurance exercises. Friendly, knowledgeable trainers motivate their pupils through marathon and triathlon training, individual fitness assessments, or Fitness Recess classes?fun-filled, high-energy workouts that entertain as they boost metabolisms.
As an expert in kung fu and tae kwon do, Louis Charron had learned to wield his body as a weapon. After a time, however, he felt that his martial arts repertoire had ceased to expand—how was he supposed to respond on a dime to dangerous situations if his technique couldn't adapt? It wasn't until he began to specialize in krav maga that he experienced a combat system that continuously evolved, honing rapid-fire reactions to real-life scenarios. Louis dedicated himself to mastering the same self-defense maneuvers utilized by the Israeli Defense Forces, and today runs Close Combat and Fitness as lead instructor and the Louisiana State Director for the International Krav Maga Federation.
Inside the training facility, Louis teaches students to build from the body's natural movements and ward off armed and unarmed attackers, demonstrating tactics for offense, defense, and evasion. He maintains that fostering a positive mindset can create the best sense of security, second only to the confidence that comes from wearing brass knuckles on your hands and feet. That sense of security can particularly benefit youngsters, who gain the confidence to ignore bullies and the self-discipline to succeed in their studies. Guests of all fitness levels can benefit from his lessons, which have been featured on WWL-TV and Cox Sports Television Fitness 411 for their growing influence on the martial-arts scene.
Unfettered by bricks and mortar, Trainer To Go's certified personal trainers roam towns and cities, seeking the place where their clients feel most comfortable practicing, be it a backyard or public park. They take advantage of such public spaces to lead 30- and 60-minute personal-training sessions for their clients, blasting calories with a blend of cardio, plyometrics, and weight lifting.
It may seem counterintuitive to some, but Affirm Fitness?s head fitness trainer, Lauren Leitner, also owns a biscotti-making business. Of course, all of the desserts she doles out are low in fat, making them tasty complements to the healthy lifestyle that she hopes to impart upon her students at Affirm Fitness. There, she and fellow trainers lead exercisers of all stripes through boot camps that are either traditional or tailored to new moms. Cardio-and-sculpt boot camp shows exercisers how to have fun as they transition between drills in agility, interval training, and body-weight resistance. In baby-friendly Bootie Camp, participants push strollers a little bit faster than usual for a cardio workout that allows them to spend time with little ones while they improve themselves. Moms can even spend a little time sculpting muscles with hand weights or by lifting diaper bags filled with bricks. Affirm Fitness?s class schedule also includes dance-inspired Zumba cardio workouts, relaxing yoga, and TRX suspension training.
In his years as a New Orleans firefighter, professional MMA fighter, and certified personal trainer, Gino Ascani has gathered a wealth of ideas on how to build the ideal gym. At Nola Xtreme Fitness, Ascani leads private training sessions, spinning classes, TRX classes, and group fitness sessions while utilizing more than 7,000 square feet of equipment-lined space. The facility houses cardio equipment, treadmills, elliptical machines, and rowing machines along with free weights, kettlebells, weight machines, and a pile of porcelain toilets that can be thrown off the gym’s roof.
Certified personal trainer and registered nurse Chris Vignaud is passionate about helping his clients feel the rush of being physically fit. In his intense one-hour outdoor boot-camp classes, he combines cardio moves with strength and interval training to help participants burn as many calories as possible while building muscle. A team spirit prevails in each intense session, and Chris is the positive, motivational force behind it all, helping everyone achieve their personal fitness goals. He also offers personal training for those looking for a more one-on-one experience.