Profession: Junior at Bellevue West High School
Exercise routine: I warm up with cardio, do a strength routine that focuses on a particular part of the body, like chest, then finish with a core workout, more cardio and stretching.
Proudest fitness achievement: I'm on the varsity football team. I can also bench more than most people my age — around 250.
Motivation: To be physically active and constantly push your body to its limit, and surpass that limit, gives you a sense of great accomplishment. It lets you know what the human body is capable of doing. Rising obesity rates and the diseases that come with it motivates me, too. I don't want to go down that path.
Nutrition habits: I eat veggies and low-glycemic carbs for long-lasting energy. I also have a protein shake within 30 minutes of every workout. But I am a teenager, so I can also eat what I want sometimes without noticing too much of a difference.
Guilty-pleasure food: Culver's, McDonald's, Chick-fil-A and ice cream. I love Cookie Dough Concrete Mixers (by Culver's).
Least favorite workout: Doing hills at football practice.
When you're older: I would like to be a personal trainer or athletic trainer — anything that lets me experiment with fitness. I also want to compete in a natural bodybuilding competition if not in my late teens, definitely my early 20s.
Profession: Graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a fitness and wellness assistant at UNO's rec center.
Exercise routine: I work out five to seven days a week for no longer than an hour. I might swim, run, use the row machine or do yoga. I do exercises that target multiple muscle groups and combine strength with cardio.
What does it mean to be fit?: Being fit involves being proficient in cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. A guy that can bench press 350 pounds but can't run a mile in under 10 minutes isn't fit.
How has age changed your fitness?: When I first started exercising, I wanted to lift heavy weights and get really big. As I learned more about fitness, I learned that's not being physically fit. I'm more well-rounded now in my workout.
Nutrition habits: I eat primarily meat and vegetables and also some fruit. Eighty percent of the time my diet is really strict, and 20 percent of the time I go for whatever is there.
Guilty-pleasure food: Raising Canes and gummy bears.
Motivation: Exercise makes me feel healthy and puts me in a better mood. I also work with older adults. Those who can and can't perform basic functions motivate me to take care of myself.
Fitness advice: Start slow so you don't get overwhelmed or discouraged. Set goals that are action-oriented, not outcome-oriented. For example, instead of making your goal about weight loss, make your goal about getting to the gym twice a week.
Profession: Client executive at First National Bank of Omaha
Exercise routine: I do 30 minutes of cardio at 5 a.m. and midday. I weight-train a specific body part each day. A typical day for legs might look like this: squats, lunges, leg presses, jump lunges, body weight squats, leg extension machine, leg machine hamstring curls. I do train seven days a week, but on the weekends that could mean running while my daughter rides her bike.
How has age changed your fitness: I think getting older has helped me also become wiser. Training smarter and eating healthier are easier when you finally realize you cannot “out-train a bad diet.” But I look and feel better than I have during any other period of my life.
Nutrition habits: I follow a plan that tracks calorie intake based on grams of fat, carbohydrates and protein, depending on my goal and that day's workout.
Guilty-pleasure food: Typically following a competition season, my first trip is to my favorite Mexican restaurant, El Bees in Waterloo, Neb.
Motivation: Being a better husband and father. I think that the determination and self-discipline needed to improve your health spills over into your personal and professional life.
Least favorite workout: I have never really enjoyed long-distance running.
Thoughts on Omaha's fitness scene: I see a lot of positives — corporate backing for health-and-wellness programs and more natural grocery stores.
Profession: Personal trainer and owner of Pilates Advantage
Exercise routine: I do a combination of free weights, Pilates and stretching with cardio. I also incorporate wind sprints and long-distance running. I usually work out four to five times a week.
Proudest fitness achievement: I have no health issues, and I have more energy, especially compared to most people my age. People think I'm 10 years younger than I am because I can keep up with 20-year-olds.
How has age changed your fitness?: I've always been active, but I didn't incorporate Pilates into my workout until about 12 years ago. It improved my core strength, flexibility, balance, agility and coordination — things you typically lose as you get older.
Nutrition habits: I don't eat fried foods or fast food. I home-cook pretty much everything. If I do go out to eat, I prefer the buffets over the regular restaurants because I can choose healthier options and fill up on proteins.
Motivation: I want to stay mobile and have enough energy to get through the day. I'm single, too, so I try to stay fit.
Guilty-pleasure food: I splurge on Breyer's ice cream in mint chocolate chip or coffee.
Thoughts on Omaha's fitness scene: There's enough options out there, but people don't take the time to put their health first.
Profession: Bike mechanic at the Bike Rack
Exercise routine: I ride 11 miles to work and 11 miles back home every day. I enjoy starting my day the right way and ending it the right way.
Proudest fitness achievement: I once rode 260 miles in a 24-hour period.
How has age changed your fitness?: I'm in better shape now than I was in my 20s. Back then, I worked in the fast food industry and put on some weight. I weighed 215 pounds then and weigh 155 pounds now.
Guilty pleasure food: Junior Mints
Motivation: I had a mild heart attack last year. If I hadn't been in the shape I'm in, I wouldn't be here. Instead, I was back on my bike a week later. The woman I married more than 28 years ago, my angel, Lorita, motivates me, too. She has been there for me so many times, and I want to be here for her at all times as well.
Thoughts on Omaha's fitness scene: It's getting better and better. There are more trails and more support for cycling in the community.
Profession: Director of Business Services at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Exercise routine: Running, biking, hiking, in-line skating and weight-lifting.
Proudest fitness achievement: Running “Runner's World” Top Ten Marathons, completing 59 marathons, running on every continent, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, summiting Long's Peak several times, hiking the Cather Trail in France, outfitting and rafting the length of the Colorado River, and cycling the Romantic Strasse.
How has age changed your fitness?: My running times have slowed.
Nutrition habits: I eat high-fiber snacks, lots of fruits and vegetables, lots of protein and try to maintain 1,800 calories a day.
Guilty pleasure food: Soft-serve ice cream
Motivation: Longevity. I want to be healthier longer.
Thoughts on Omaha's fitness scene: We're doing a much better job connecting the trail system. We're also starting to attract fun family events like Warrior Dash, Mud Factor and the Color Run.
What gets you to the gym when you don't feel like exercising?: Knowing I will feel better once I leave. It also helps to have a goal in mind, i.e., the next running event, hike or bike ride.