Boot-camp instructor Debbie Jones is a walking testament to the power of determination. She once weighed 181 pounds, so she empathizes with how difficult it can be to get into shape. But she also knows this difficulty often requires strong motivation to overcome it. At Fierce Body Boot Camp, she doles out motivation and encouragement to each of her students, guiding them through outdoor strength and endurance exercises. When she's not asking for one more rep, she's outlining balanced diets to increase energy and slough off extra pounds.
In Top Gun's intimate studio, certified trainers cater to each member's goals with personal-training sessions and upbeat encouragement. It's outfitted with everything needed to give clients ultimate workouts designed exclusively for them. There's TRX suspension bands, kettlebells, weight machines, heavy bags, medicine balls, and more, covering all the resistance, strength, and cardio training necessary to achieve total-body fitness. While personal training involves one-on-one attention, their group boot-camp classes also include personalized plans and individualized attention.
Having three sons himself, fitness guru Curtis Hoekstra understands how finding time to exercise can sometimes be difficult when juggling busy work and family schedules. That’s one of the reasons why he designed Rock Star Boot Camp’s workouts to be fast—each only 40 minutes along. But his interval-based “9xFit” training system isn’t for slouches, packing a mix of strength training, plyometrics, core conditioning, and other types of exercise into one dynamic session. Over the course of the workout, boot camp attendees will warm up with some calisthenics before launching into exercises tailored to their individual needs. Cardio training also factors in, eschewing treadmills and other machines in favor of metabolism-boosting bodyweight circuits. The co-ed fitness classes are held in an indoor/outdoor warehouse.
FITT Studio hoists a hearty schedule of high-energy workouts set to upbeat music, with buff and heavily certified instructors leading classes such as Zumba, Piloxing, and Turbokick. Apprentices in the fitness-hybrid Piloxing class don a pair of arm-strengthening weighted gloves to perform sculpting Pilates, boxing, and dance moves designed to work cores, burn calories, tone muscles, and knock out opponents made of cheesecake. The Turbokick cardio kickboxing class combines powerful kicks, choreographed dance moves, and high-energy music to keep pupils motivated and full of vim and vigor. Salsa away excess pounds with Zumba dance-fitness sessions under colorful nightclub-style lights geared to create a festive atmosphere. Classes range in size from 10 to 20 students, ensuring individual attention and enough space to comfortably burst from a cocoon and emerge as a butterfly with rippling abs.
The trainers at Ultimate Body Boot Camp forage through the workout wilderness to curate a fitness omnibus. They pull from multiple exercise styles—including Pilates, plyometrics, kickboxing, yoga, and core work—to build workouts that combine the benefits of cardio and resistance training. This earned the program a top spot on Arizona Foothills magazine's Best of Our Valley list for 2012.
To keep clients' muscles from hitting the wall, getting bored, or taking off in the dead of night to pursue a career as an anatomy textbook model, coaches change the routine each class and give campers personalized tips to fuel individual journeys. Body-composition tests and nutritional plans augment the sessions, inspiring long-lasting habits for healthy physiques.