What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Modern Taekwondo Academy is a certified Olympic taekwondo training center focused on the most up-to-date training methods for kids and adults that want to get in shape, learn self-discipline, and have a lot of fun in the process!
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
All our instructors are certified USA-TAEKWONDO coaches that implement the most rigorous training programs that incorporate plyometrics, strength and conditioning, and traditional taekwondo to whip you into shape, teach self-discipline and the value of hard work and dedication.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
This business was born out of the desire to merge the self-defense and sport aspects of taekwondo help kids develop anti-bullying skills, help parents get in shape and relieve stress, and help athletes attain success in a competitive arena.
What do you love most about your job?
I've been practicing martial arts since I was six years old, and it's had a profound impact on my life.
I've gained countless life-skills that I now get to pass on to the next generation, plus--I get to do what I love for a living.
Who could ask for anything more!
The expert trainers at Energeia Boot Camp take personal stock in motivating each member to reach his or her fitness goals. Through a combination of fitness coaching, nutrition advice, and positive support, they take an active role in keeping their charges accountable to themselves. Their more than 30 boot-camp sessions per week meet morning and evening, rain or shine, leaving clients with no excuses to stay home to try to remain perfectly still for 24 hours. The sessions challenge members with an ever-changing lineup of routines that incorporate running and stair climbing, conditioning drills, and strength and resistance training that campers tackle at their own pace. This variety keeps muscles from becoming accustomed to the workouts, rendering them ineffective, and prevents workout burnout.
To further motivate their patrons into action, the staff members help them track their progress during regular fitness assessments. Clients can also sign up for personal training to make progress toward their goals in a one-on-one setting.
Fueled by the passion and expertise that led to a degree in kinesiology, certified personal trainer Audra Baker established Be Fit Boot Camps to help patrons of all fitness levels to get in shape. Audra has since headed up a 2012 weight-loss challenge—featured on NBC Bay Area—and contributed to 3 Steps to Your Best Body in Record Time, a compilation of fitness advice penned by field experts.
Her determination teams up with nonjudgmental encouragement, inspiring students with enthusiastic, kind words and copious foot-fives. Following Audra and her trio of highly skilled instructors, clients sprint through outdoor boot-camp drills and swing kettlebells in a semiprivate setting, and they also work one-on-one during personal-training sessions pushing toward their desired physiques. Body-composition assessments, measurements, and nutritional tips augment services to round out clients' newly realized lifestyles.
Pilates Effect founder Lorrie Vieyra has been on the move her whole life. Through childhood and adolescence she trained as a gymnast; later, she threw herself into distance running and completed marathons in Honolulu and San Francisco. Although she continues to run, hike, cycle, and practice yoga, Pilates is where she's landed. Through building core strength, the discipline provides a firm foundation for other kinds of movement, subtly increasing muscle definition and, in Vieyra's case, even eliminating long-term back pain.
Vieyra has trained and taught in Spain, so she's able to offer private classes in both Spanish and English. She's also built up a clientele of moms—she specializes in addressing the needs of pregnant and recently pregnant women. Along with private sessions, she offers small circuit apparatus classes and can design programs for clients recovering from various pathologies, those enduring post rehabilitation, and clients who want to learn proper movement patterns to avoid injury.
Created by former personal trainer and kinesiology degree-holder Jill Dailey McIntosh, The Dailey Method unites elements of muscle strengthening, core conditioning, yoga, and orthopedic exercise to work major muscle groups and improve alignment. Participants perform active stretches and controlled exercises that may enlist such equipment as ballet bars and saltwater taffy. An emphasis on neutral spine positions helps further home in on proper alignment and tone musculature. The Saratoga and Los Gatos locations' founder, experienced fitness guru Macey Kalin, and her team of instructors trained under The Dailey Method for three to four months, refining their understanding of the hybrid technique. Trainers aim to provide one-on-one attention to all students, helping ensure effectiveness and a personalized workout more easily than fingerprinting a pair of gym shorts.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, Michigan. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.