Total Wellness Professionals personal training division is led by company CFO Josh Hecht. Josh is certified by the NASM and prides himself on being a motivator, saying his goal is “To help people look and feel their absolute best.” As the head of the personal training division of TWP, Josh has made three different classes available to the public: cardio training, resistance training and, last but not least, weight training. So whether your goal is to increase your aerobic ability, build lean muscle, lose weight, or all three, TWP has classes specially designed to help you reach your fitness goals.

After just a few classes, you will see your aerobic and anaerobic thresholds increase, an overall reduction in body mass, and a leaner more muscular body tone. As those in the fitness industry know, there is nothing more crucial to your overall health and good looks than regular training. So if group training isn’t exactly your cup of tea, he is also happy to meet clients privately for one-on-one sessions. For private personal training sessions, you can be trained at TWP’s own private facility. If travel is an issue, he will be happy to meet you at your own home, gym or yacht. One thing is for sure, after just one class, you will be hooked. “His positive and upbeat attitude are contagious and bring out the best in his clients.” said one of Hecht’s clients to the South Florida Chronicle, after one of his classes in Smoker Family Park.

“His positive and upbeat attitude just leaves you wanting to come back again and again.”

Josh’s outdoor classes are held in Smoker Family Park located in downtown Fort Lauderdale on the beautiful New River. Yoga is held at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings and is taught by his sister and Yoga veteran Ms. Ali Hecht. While cardio and resistance training are taught by Josh, all outdoor training classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. is Cardio Blast, Thursday 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. is Resistance Training and Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. is a combination of both classes. If you haven’t had the privilege of attending one of TWP’s Smoker Family Park classes, you’re missing out. There’s nothing like getting into shape in one of the most amazing and serene settings South Florida has to offer. After all, looking good in the sun is what Florida is all about! It definitely beats hanging out in that sweaty old gym. To see scheduling updates for upcoming classes or a list of one-on-one training services offered by Joshand TWP, visit their website at www.totalwellnessprofessionals.com. To schedule a one-on-one training session, call 973.670.8585. Some of the more popular personal training classes offered by TWP are listed below:

Personal Training

Yoga

The word yoga, derived from the Sanskrit language, means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini. There are a few different styles of yoga that we offer and are always adding more styles to suit your needs. Yoga includes a combination exercise and meditation to help improve your flexibility and breathing, decrease stress, and maintain health. While each type focuses on different aspects of yoga, all share the same goal, which is not only improved physical and mental health, but achievement of “oneness” with a higher being, the self, or some form of higher awareness. There are Eights Limbs on the Path of Yoga. They include the following: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.

Pilates

Pilates is a combined form of exercise realized by Joseph H. Pilates, utilizing movement from martial arts, yoga, dance and swimming to bring suppleness to the body’s form, mind, and approach to living. Classes may be held from the mat or machine, called the Reformer, for core flexibility and strength. Practice of Pilates also brings greater strength to the lungs as breathing techniques develop our capabilities to take in and utilize oxygen.

Personal Training

Personal trainers typically work with clients to improve body composition. (Weight loss or muscle gain.) They may also be hired for more specific goals, such as an increase in strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance or flexibility. Some trainers are qualified to improve sports performance, including speed and power. While not as common, some trainers may also be qualified to work with people who need help with physical dysfunction, including the improvement of balance, range of motion, knee and shoulder issues, and those released from physical therapy. Personal trainers work with clients on several time intervals. Some clients meet for a single session to answer questions and to develop an exercise program (or to ensure that their existing program is balanced.) Others prefer to work with a trainer for several months for the purpose of motivating clients. Common techniques for motivation include demeanor (sometimes trainers have an aggressive and commanding demeanor; others are more calm and supportive) incentives for reaching goals; and positive re-framing or visualization.

Budokon

Budokon is an innovative mind and movement art form that integrates the Yogic, Martial and Living arts in a practice that explores the full range of motion of the body. Its goal is to develop advanced kinetic and mental skills with balance, flexibility, strength and agility. Budokon benefits include the following: increased awareness and global consciousness, increased agility, timing, coordination and rhythm, increased higher-order thinking, improved stamina, strength, flexibility and balance, improved stress management, improved emotional containment, builds community, stimulates creativity, fosters good communication and healthy relationships.

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