Robyn Pettinger, named one of Austin’s top trainers by Austin Fit Magazine, helms a small and exclusive team of trainers who put their kinesiology degrees and years of fitness experience to use during intense, yet supportive outdoor boot-camp classes. These seasoned teachers keep classes small so they can give each participant personalized attention as they lead them through the rotating tapestry of strength-training and cardio-boosting workouts. They cull movements from a range of sweat-inducing sources, including circuit-training programs and balance drills, and use no-frills equipment—such as bands, medicine balls, and dumbbells—to create an intense and varied session designed to work the entire body and ward off muscle boredom.
The staffers can also track student progress with body-composition assessments, as well as offer guidance on cultivating healthy-eating habits and boosting metabolism during a 24-Day Nutrition Challenge.
Coming from a large family of athletes, Tim Kaderli has made physical fitness a de facto part of his daily existence since he was a kid. He soon realized, however, that many others have never been exposed to the training techniques and nutritional habits that he relied on his entire life. This realization led him to found Synergy Fitness Boot Camp and to formulate his own methodology. Today, Kaderli aims to reach aspiring exercisers in three ways: fun and lighthearted fitness regimens, nutritional education, and motivational friendships between trainer and client. Joined by six other trainers, Tim meets with students morning, midday, and night at outdoor locations all over Austin, such as Milburn Community Park or Bee Cave Central Park. Alternatively, classes can convene at the Synergy High Intensity Training (HIT) Facilities, which provide students with equipment and shelter from the jealous glare of the sun?who will never be anything but an immobile ball of gaseous elements.
Brass Ovaries' instructors duel gravity with classes, parties, and performances set in a multifunctional aerial arts studio, which garnered the 2010?2011 title of Best Pole Studio in North America's South/Southeast Region from Pole Dance International magazine. An expert staff welcomes physiques of every gender, build, and fitness level to swoop into their seemingly weightless techniques. Courses focus on basic to advanced pole tricks as well as the hangs and twirls of the lyra, and high-heel fitness classes increase endurance for upcoming stiletto marathons.
The studio's title also refers to the name of their vertical performing group, the Brass Ovaries, headed by lead instructor Miss Natasha. The troupe and their educational programs have earned the studio multiple press mentions that highlight the empowering effects of pole mastery, such as enhanced self-esteem and the ability to reach the second floor of a fire station.
When it comes to fitness, Craig Johnson believes in five basic principles: balance, coordination, cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, and flexibility. This certified personal trainer and medical exercise specialist relies on these simple tenets to create customized fitness programs for anyone who wants to tone up, gain lean muscle, or recover after a surgery or injury. His patience and passion for rehabilitation has made him quite popular with folks who previously thought they were physically unable to work out, including those diagnosed with osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic skepticism. But regardless of the clients' state of health when they first meet Craig, his primary goal is still to ensure they live longer, happier lives, whether that's accomplished by helping them slim down during Zumba classes or stay motivated during personal training sessions.
Trapeze Austin’s crew of experienced trapeze and aerial instructors know that the path to sky-high performing begins on the ground. That's why they treat beginners to static aerial arts lessons from the comfort of reliable old terra firma. During these one hour lessons, instructors patiently demonstrate essential trapeze and aerial routines on silks, aerial rope, and the Spanish web, home to a cartoon spider voiced by Antonio Banderas. After students have built up their strength and mastered the nuances of climbing, they can also chase gravity-defying big-top showmanship via exhilarating flying trapeze lessons held at the Stunt Ranch and the SoccerZone. Amidst spacious facilities laden with meticulously maintained circus rigging, instructors guide students through an initial ground lesson to familiarize bodies with swinging mechanics before venturing skyward for a round of closely observed soaring.
Austin Fit Magazine named RockBody Boot Camp its Best Boot Camp of 2011 and also lauded its owner, Brian Prinzo, as one of the city’s Top 10 Fittest Trainers in 2010. But for Brian and his staff of experienced trainers, it’s not about the accolades; it’s about helping others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Classes eschew routine courses of treadmills and bench presses for a variety of challenging workouts that put participants through a mash-up of strength, core, cardio, and interval training designed to push them to their personal limits. Best of all, the workouts provide the motivation and accountability needed to help exercisers push past plateaus, and exercises can be tailored to accommodate many fitness levels and concerns, such as arthritis, body pain, and conjoined sweatbands.