When Spencer Conklin's knee pain threatened to end his running career, he didn't stop. He just learned to run smarter. Spencer took a POSE method running clinic, which uses an expert's eye and video feedback to help runners analyze their stride, correct inefficiencies, and ultimately run faster and healthier. With his knee pain banished, Spencer knew he had to share this 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.
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.
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.
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.
The professional fitness coaches of BodyBusiness Health Club & Spa devote all their time to their profession, unlike many trainers who divide their time among obligations. This focused devotion manifests itself in the group classes and nutritional programs in which clients can participate. Part spa, part fitness center, and part dragon, BodyBusiness's two locations allow guests to build up a sweat during a personal-training session, then indulge in some R&R by enjoying a massage or facial or sitting in the steam room.