When Spencer Conklin's knee pain threatened to end his running career, he didn't stop. He just learned to run smarter. Spencer studied the POSE method of running, which uses an expert's eye and video feedback to help runners analyze their stride, correct inefficiencies, and ultimately run faster and healthier. His knee pain banished, Spencer knew he had to share his methodology with as many fellow runners as possible. So, he started Free to Run, where he teaches a combination of small-group classes and private lessons to teach feet the right way to run.
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.
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.
At Coach Mo's Elite Fitness, former athletes and certified personal trainers draw on a wealth of fitness experience as they lead intense workouts. They train families, individuals, or groups of exercisers who gather before or after work for boot-camp sessions.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Tough Cookies' certified coaches give women the guidance, encouragement, and support they need to reach their cycling, running, or swimming goals—whether they're looking to walk a 5K for the first time or to transform into a competitive triathlete. During running-program sessions, coaches don't just get ladies jogging. They also incorporate yoga and strength training to help them run faster and longer while avoiding injuries that commonly plague female runners. Cycling-performance sessions focus on skills such as handling, pedaling technique, and hill climbing, and the eight-week open-water-swim training camps help swimmers avoid the embarrassment of winning a triathlon with the doggy paddle.
Their half-marathon, marathon, and triathlon training programs help competitors ramp up for race day with multiple training sessions each week supplemented by special clinics, personalized daily training schedules, and online nutrition logs. Tough Cookies also hosts its own race events, including a 5K and a duathlon.