Though climbing Mount Everest is a lifelong goal for many mountaineers, the Sherpa people—native to the Himalayan region—regularly scale the peaks, often while hauling hundreds of pounds of supplies. Named to honor these immensely fit people, Sherpa Fitness's CrossFit experts and licensed dietitian strive to help locals progress toward their own ideal physical condition. Trainers blend strength training and cardio in their ever-changing boot camps, which take place in local parks and commercial venues several times a week. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they'll tailor workouts to patrons' preferred exercises and goals. To slim waists and increase overall well-being, dietitian Mandy Seay meets with clients to forge diet plans and discuss ways to combat the strange allure of wax fruit.
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.
Heat is your friend at Bikram Yoga East Austin, where instructors lead students through Bikram's challenging series of 26 yoga postures and two breathing exercises. The warm studio promotes sweating and helps to loosen limbs, which comes in handy when you're trying to accomplish some of the deeper stretches. The studio hosts at least two 90-minute sessions every day, and as many as four on select days. It should come as no surprise that these classes fill up quickly; students of all ages and skill levels are welcome, and many get hooked on Bikram's benefits, which include increased stamina and better seeding in Street Fighter tournaments.
An intensive four-week exercise regimen crafted by certified personal trainer Ally Davidson helps campers peppered across the fitness spectrum attain weight-loss results and sweat-slicked brows. The certified boot-camp staff sends muscles on a brisk march toward a firmer condition six days a week, helming total-body workouts that include interval training, plyometrics, and an abs-twisting assortment of timed strength and agility drills. The staff regularly switches up workout regimens to ensure that muscles don't become as bored as nihilists in a bounce house. Aware that not all recruits have the same motives for joining their brigade, trainers customize the workouts to squeeze the best results from bodies of all ages and fitness abilities. The camp schedule varies based on location, with early-morning camps to awaken muscles stuck on snooze and evening sessions to end the day on a note of high endorphins.
At Dharma Yoga?s recently erected, 2,400-square-foot studio, flickering candlelight gives the earth-tone hues and gleaming hardwood floors an inviting glow. Like stumbling into a lounge-singer convention, the studio?s comforting vibes relax the mind with calming music as the band of certified instructors gently guides students of all experience levels through a series of healing physical postures. Though classes vary in style?ranging from vigorous early-bird Vinyasa flow to relaxing end-of-day Dharma nightcaps?each session explores traditional Indian yoga and Buddhist practices, referring to itself as an "awareness-based mindfulness and relaxation practice." Between the original Dharma Yoga and the new Dharma Yoga East Side, students can choose from 50 weekly classes, held throughout the day.
In the course of more than a decade of teaching and practicing yoga, Dharma Yoga founder Keith Kachtick, an Austin native, has served as the senior instructor with the Lineage Project, a nonprofit that offers meditation and yoga practice to prisoners in the New York City area. Keith has also contributed his yogic philosophies to publications such as Yoga Journal, Newsweek, and the New York Times. His codirector, Camilla, has a master?s degree in social work and a background as a clinical therapist. These experiences fuel her nurturing teaching style, especially in yoga-therapy sessions, which are designed to help to release physical, emotional, and mental tension.