It’s 8:45 a.m., and Averon and Jennifer Edwards are hard at work at their fitness studio, F45 Training Lantana. But instead of greeting guests in between sipping coffee and pushing paperwork in the comfort of an air-conditioned office in the back, Lantana’s newest power couple is scraping themselves off the floor after another intense workout.
In a room busting at the seams with early risers standing in a pool of their own hard work, they are right there with them. “We don’t want any special treatment,” Jennifer said while trying to catch her breath. “If I’m doing it wrong, fix me.”
“We leave [gassed] every time. And the funny thing is that the other members will challenge you, too,” he said. “They say, ‘Come on … I thought you could do this!’ I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ It’s intense, but also fun.”
So what is this latest workout craze? F45 Training is the world’s fastest-growing functional training community. The “F” in the name stands for functional training, which incorporates a mix of circuit and HIIT-style workouts geared toward everyday movements. The “45” represents the number of minutes it takes to get through the workout. And Lantana residents are signing up at a breakneck pace, largely because unlike traditional workout clubs and gyms, F45 specializes in innovative, high-intensity group workouts that are fast, fun, and results-driven.
A hallmark of each class is that no two workouts are the same, and it’s structured so that enthusiasts of any fitness level can leave with a great workout. Participants follow pre-determined circuits on television screens that incorporate everything from bodyweight exercises like jump rope, pushups, and standing squats to kettlebells, and cardio bikes.
They have a litany of other workout routines and equipment, and more is on the way.
On top of that, F45 Training Lantana employs six trainers who are on-site to explain the workout of the day, guide you through to ensure proper form, and push you to your absolute limits. Included in the membership are heart rate monitors and an opportunity to be counseled on diet and meal plan strategies.
“That’s the thing with this company; they are always doing something new,” Averon said. “No workout is the same, so you’re never going to get bored. We’ve done Camp Gladiator, CrossFit, and even had stuff at our home. But none of it worked for us. It’s a lot packed into a very small space, and people are enjoying it.”
Averon and Jennifer have been sold on F45 since they went to a class together just more than a year ago near their home in Corinth. As the story goes, Averon remembers being in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean on a cruise when he first heard a friend mention F45. His friend was hooked on the concept and quickly got Averon to try out a few classes.
The next thing he knew, he was inviting Jennifer along for the ride.
By September, they were so hooked that they opened their own franchise.
“We both have full-time jobs on top of this, so we really like coming in the morning,” said Jennifer, who is a social worker with Child Protective Services. Averon is in liquor and spirits sales. “We do it because we need the workout, and it’s great for stress relief. Coming in early set the foundation for my day. And I know it’s the same for him.”
One of the biggest selling points of having their own franchise was that they had the autonomy to give their Lantana location their own look and feel. All of their personal trainers are certified, which means the clients receive an unrivaled personal training experience while still working out in a group setting.
On Saturdays, they hold a one-hour session and invite a DJ to play live music.
“We have a strong member base, but still have plenty of room to grow,” Averon said. “The biggest thing for us is creating a fun place to train and create more awareness for F45 Training Lantana and our awesome trainers/coaches. If you walk up to 10 people and ask them if they know what F45 is, the odds are high that none of them would know yet. But we’re getting there. We feel like those who have experienced it are hooked. The workouts are great, and the atmosphere is amazing.”
972.685.1998 | www.f45training.com/lantana | 3600 FM 407 E. Ste. 180 & 185 • Bartonville, TX 76226
photography by Bruce Latimer