Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping helps clients of all ages, lifestyles, gender, and athletic ability achieve their fitness goals through results-orientated training. Long-time taekwondo competitor and teacher Lance Farrell developed the program to combat obesity and assist people develop healthy lifestyle habits by incorporating the fat-burning, strengthening and endurance building aspects of competitive martial arts training into a course for those less interested in traditional sparring or contact drills. During 45-minute sessions hosted six days a week, Farrell uses fitness as a catalyst for improving overall health, wellness, and athletic abilities. A 10-week program can result in visible changes sparked by discipline and nutritional commitment.
The instructors at băl•ance yoga lounge align bodies and minds to increase total body flexibility and fitness. Fledgling yogis can slip comfortably into posture practice with the Hatha yoga class, which features gentle stretching and basic poses to relieve stress and prepare bodies for advanced ventures into Vinyasa. Certified teachers aim to strike a crucial balance between the physical, spiritual, and ethereal aspects of yoga, ultimately creating brains and bodies that are in harmony with each other and with waterskiing squirrels. Though this Groupon is only valid for the Hatha style at the designated times, băl•ance yoga lounge also offers a variety of stretching styles for continued study, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, hot yoga, and Yogilates. The studio is also home to the only Yoga Alliance–approved yoga-teacher-training program in central Iowa.
Fitness World West has been trimming Iowa's waistlines since 1986. Its three modern, fully equipped facilities hold more than 75 weekly fitness classes, an aquatic program accredited by the Arthritis Foundation, and advanced strength equipment from Hammer, Cybex, and Paramount. During the diverse lineup of fitness classes, the gym's trainers pump up their students' motivation with rigorous, varying workouts that include Zumba, yoga, cross training, and Greco-Roman spelling bees. For one-on-one instruction, personal trainers work with clients to design fitness plans that optimize results, taking advantage of the center’s cushioned track and the cardio theater's elliptical machines, cross trainers, bikes, and treadmills. When working out solo, clients can set brainwaves to one of 80 channels broadcasting from the cardio machines' personal flat-screen TVs, jogging or biking along to motivational music videos, athletic competitions, or home-shopping auctions. The gym’s selection of Olympic free weights stands ready to fatigue muscles before the whirlpool, sauna, or steam room relieves and relaxes deep-rooted aches.
In addition to increasing clients’ physical prowess, Fitness World West's knowledgeable staff help overhaul the unhealthy habits of their clients through computerized fitness assessments and personalized nutrition consultations. And, during workouts, they welcome parents to entrust their children to the kids' gym and nursery, where an eagle-eyed staff member watches over little ones as they romp around or lead troops of G.I. Joe figurines in taxing pushup regimens.
Twelve shiny poles stretch 12 feet from the floor to the ceiling, though they’re not for structural support—at least not for the building. A skilled, all-female staff uses these poles to help students build internal structural support, particularly focusing strengthening their core muscles. Their classes run the gamut from flirtatious to no-nonsense physical rigor. They teach a dancing divas class that involves abundant cardio exercise and ChickBoxing that unites cardio work with traditional boxing, sans gloves or a trainer yelling incoherently about ducking, or ducks, or duck duck goose. Their website gives an idea of what aspects of fitness each class emphasizes, rating cardio, strength, and flexibility for each course on a 1–5 scale. The staff also makes six different types of memberships available, which run on 12-week schedules and feature various workouts from a list of more than 30 exercise regimens.
Whether explaining long division to grade-schoolers or demonstrating sit-ups for grown-ups, Amber Cahill loves to teach. In addition to sporting national certifications in personal training and group fitness instruction, she draws upon two degrees in elementary education to propel adult exercisers toward optimal health and happiness. Instead of taking place in a constricting bubble-hockey rink, her boot camps venture into the great outdoors, where participants can soak up sunshine and fill their lungs with fresh, clean air. Amber measures each participant's fitness level at the start of the program then again at the end, which helps highlight progress toward wellness goals. Calories melt during a 10-minute warm-up jog, and muscles ripple during bodyweight exercises such as planks and pushups. To cultivate a team-like atmosphere, Amber peppers her ever-changing workouts with fun, partner-based fitness games. When they're not sculpting their muscles, participants complete a nutrition log to see how many calories are coming in and how many are going out or hanging around the water cooler for a juicy morsel of gossip.
Goals in Motion Fitness Studios challenges students of any fitness level to push the boundaries of their exercise comfort zones via supportive group classes and nutritional education. The 5,500-square-foot studio accommodates up to 70–80 students per class. The studio offers a variety of classes including strength-training, kickboxing, yoga, Zumba, circuit-training, and power 45 high-intensity workouts and the trainers include modification in each class to ensure each participant is always hot on the heels of their physical-possibilities frontier. For a longer-term challenge, students can enroll in a nine-week challenge program.
The Goals in Motion program imparts the value of a positive attitude while emphasizing a lifestyle of balanced eating with regulated carbs, lean protein, and healthy fats over short-term diet fads, and supplements. The founders of Goals In Motion, Mardi Pfannebecker and Sandy Hafner, strive to maintain the studio's family-like atmosphere and even work out among members. Both owners graduated from Iowa State University, Mardi with a degree in exercise science and Sandy with a degree in business.