If you ask a professional cheerleader how she got her toned physique, agile limbs, and powerful muscles, she might point you to Jay and Lin Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo are the brains behind Jay Johnson's Boot Camp Fitness?an exercise program designed to slim waistlines and pump up muscles of students of all abilities, from fitness newbies to professionals and prestigious clients such as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge.
Drawing from their extensive training in the US Army and years of fitness experience, the pair and a staff of elite trainers?including professional football players and mixed martial artists?lead boot-camp programs in the Dallas area. Within parks, fields, and parking lots, they conduct high-intensity workouts, keeping patrons engaged with constantly varied regimens, along with games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts. They focus on functional training throughout the sessions, challenging students to heave barbells, flip tractor tires, and lug fire hoses.
The trainers also offer a specialized cheerleading boot camp ideal for high-school teams training for upcoming seasons or assistant grocery managers seeking ways to motivate their teams of disillusioned bag boys.
At Mackey Attack Fitness, the trainers inspire their clients to fight back against anything preventing from becoming a fitter and healthier version of themselves. They help clients meet their fitness goals with a combination of nutritional education, high-intensity boot-camp-style workouts, and positive encouragement. But you don't have to be a body builder to get fit at Mackey Attack Fitness, as the trainers welcome clients of all ages and fitness levels. Their boot-camp classes accommodate everyone, focusing more on making overall healthy lifestyle changes. They also offer programs for seniors and children and one-on-one personal-training sessions for those looking for an extra push into fitdom.
The trainer behind 800 Degrees Fitness understands the severity of poor health, and takes the associated risks seriously. To boost longevity and well-being, he helps clients overcome their health hurtles one step at a time. The first step: he assesses their current health and identifies potential risk factors, such as high blood pressure or an irrational fear of fruit. The second step: he creates a plan of action to restore good health, incorporating nutrition and high-intensity circuit training. The final step: he teaches clients how to take control of their own bodies, pointing them to other health professionals if necessary.
CrossFit North Mesquite's vast gym space doesn't look very full at first glance. Pull-up bars sit close to walls, wall ball targets made of tape hovering above them. One whole corner of the room contains nothing but tractor tires, weight plates, and kettlebells. The rest of the floor sits basically empty. The trainers, however, make use of every square inch of this space during their daily exercise regimens, combining sprints, gymnastics, weightlifting, and plyometric exercises into new workouts each day.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Thomas Volmer credits his wife, Rachel, for inspiring them to start helming boot camps. She wasn’t always a fitness guru, though. "She was a commercial banker and she was 70 pounds overweight," Volmer recalls. Once she started to reclaim her life, "she just fell in love with fitness," he says. She eventually dropped 80 pounds with proper exercise and nutrition, spurring her to earn her AFAA personal training certification and pursue a career as a full-time trainer.
Personal experience lends Rachel and the other trainers—including Sharon Monk, who lost more than 200 pounds by exercising and eating healthily—empathy and a motivating demeanor when working with campers. At each location, they get groups doing pushups, swinging kettlebells, and flipping tires in a positive environment that's focused on teamwork, rather than competition. "You start as a group, you finish as a group," says Thomas. "But the activities that you do in between might be different based on your abilities."
In addition to leading sessions, Rachel creates easy-to-use online meal plans (including a vegetarian plan), which campers can customize to help them stay on track. Options range from the simple, such as cereal with fruits, nuts, and flaxseeds, to the creative, including honey-sweetened oatmeal peanut-butter cookies. She also includes the calorie count for each recipe. Users can pick from simple meals made for one person or larger entrees designed with an entire family or pet elephant in mind.