Kyle Schoonover had strayed from his athletic roots.
He had no energy after work. He’d come home and flop down on the couch. But after a little prompting from his mom, Schoonover got back to the gym.
Since working out again, the 36-year-old has dropped 20 pounds and two pant sizes.
Q: When did you start working out and why?
A: I was an athlete growing up. I played high school football and college baseball. I also worked in minor league baseball. I was a general manager of a team in Auburn, New York, and later was director of group sales with the Omaha Storm Chasers. I got out of it for a little while. I started at (Edge Body Boot Camp) in May 2017. I needed a change in my life. I got here and got moving.
Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?
A: The first half of my workout is strength training. The second half is more conditioning. It’s kind of like weighted cardio. I work out five days a week.
Q: What is your current fitness goal?
A: To lose some pant sizes and tone up. I don’t want the dad bod. I know I’m not going to be where I was when I played college baseball (in California), but as you get older, you’ve got to watch it.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A: I set personal goals to bench 300 pounds and squat 400 pounds. I did both. I also wanted to be in better shape overall.
Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?
A: I travel quite a bit for work, so I have to do modified workouts in a hotel room. That’s a lot of body-weight work. It’s hard to come back to the gym and the weights after that. It’s about staying motivated when you don’t have the class.
Q: What helps you stay on track?
A: The class. The family. They ask, “Where were you? What were you doing?” And you get an email if you’ve missed class.
Q: What is your gym pet peeve?
A: I don’t like the grunting. If you lift a lot, don’t show it off.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?
A: I love baseball. I try to go to as many games as I can. I go to any games — College World Series and Major League Baseball. One of my goals is to visit every MLB stadium. I’ve been to 20 out of 30. I also like football, golf and motocross.
Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?
A: My compression shorts.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?
A: You’ve got to stick with it and show up. There are going to be days where you don’t want to do it, and it’s going to be terrible. Do the workouts to the best of your ability.
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Float spas, where users are suspended in a salty bath, started popping up in Omaha in 2016. Spa-goers enter a private float tank nearly double the size of a bathtub. Hundreds of pounds of Epsom salt have been dissolved in the shallow pool of water so people float on top. Proponents say floating reduces muscle and joint pain, shortens recovery time from athletic training or injuries, relieves stress and increases creativity. Click here to read a World-Herald story on float spas.
If you've been dreaming of dribbling a soccer ball while encased in a plastic bubble, you're in luck. That trend made its way to Omaha in 2015. The game can be tough — experienced players tumble right alongside first-timers. Click here to read a World-Herald story on bubble soccer.
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Kickball isn't just for kids. Adult kickball leagues have joined the mix of recreational sports in Omaha, much like sand volleyball and softball. The sport gets players moving, but it doesn't feel like a grueling workout. Some kickballers called it "exercise in disguise." Click here to read a World-Herald story on kickball.
Ballet-inspired workouts made their way to the Omaha area back in 2014. The city is home to handful of studios purely devoted to the workouts, which combine yoga, Pilates and ballet movements performed on a dance barre. Some local gyms and fitness studios offer the classes, too. Instructors said the classes are fun and motivating. Click here to read a World-Herald story on barre.
Rowing isn't new, but it's made a splash on the local fitness scene. The exercise machines had fallen out of favor thanks to treadmills, weight rooms and group exercise classes. But they've been reintroduced through fitness trends like CrossFit and Orangetheory. At least two local studios have debuted classes built around the machines. Click here to read a World-Herald story on rowing.
Participants — wearing minimal clothing — stand in a chamber that looks like an aluminum can and grows colder over two to three minutes using liquid nitrogen. The temperature drops to between negative 200 and 240 degrees. Proponents say the high-tech ice baths reduce inflammation, relieve pain, prevent injury, increase energy and speed healing. The practice also has been credited for cosmetic benefits. But some medical professionals are skeptical. Click here to read a World-Herald story on cryotherapy.
Exercisers bask in glowing orange lights and blaring upbeat music at Orangetheory Fitness. The metro area now is home to a handful of the studios, which got their start in Florida in 2009. During the classes, a trainer leads people through a circuit-style workout that rotates between treadmills, rowing machines and a strength area with free weights. Members wear heart rate monitors to track their efforts during a workout. Click here to read a World-Herald story on Orangetheory Fitness.
Pound classes debuted in Omaha in 2015. The classes are a full-body strength and cardio workout that simulates drumming. Exercisers pound the drumsticks in the air, against each other and on the ground while performing strength exercises like squats and lunges. Click here to read a World-Herald story on Pound.
Aerial yoga blends yoga poses with acrobatics. Yogis practice in hammocks, flipping upside-down. It incorporates stretching and strength exercises, cardio and meditation. Instructors say the class is good for the spine, alleviating pressure — although there are some risks, and the class isn't for everyone. Click here to read a World-Herald story on aerial yoga.
Heart rate monitors are a standard part of curriculum for some metro high school students. They've also made an appearance in several boutique gyms. Teachers at Mercy High School said wearing the monitors prep students for a lifetime of fitness. Click here to read a World-Herald story on the monitors.