Karen Mones's passion for fitness began at a young age, exercising to Jane Fonda videos with her mother. She went on to play softball, earn her bachelor's in exercise and sports science, and obtain six instructor certifications in everything from yoga to strength training. She founded Houston Adventure Boot Camp to share her knowledge and passion for fitness with as many people as possible.
She and her trainers create different regimens each day, taking advantage of the city's natural spaces and natural forces to enhance their workouts. They challenge gravity by having students lift their own bodyweight or free weights. Students plow through the heaviest friction the air can throw at them in sprints, and they hold up under constant pressure from the sun to nap in the middle of a field.
As a former NFL linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, 1st Class Training owner Antonio Armstrong knows what it takes to lead a healthy, fit, lifestyle on and off the field. At both of 1st Class Training's studios, he and his team of fitness and nutrition experts lead small-group and private workout sessions for people of all ages, abilities, and most security-clearance levels, all while coaching them to make certain their lifestyle changes are sustainable long term. Armstrong's metabolic workout system is designed to maximize fat burn, combining quick spurts of intense strength training with bursts of cardiovascular exercise, and the team customizes each workout to avoid mundane repetition and cater to each client's maximum level of intensity.
As a physical therapist, Carrie Moore worked to help patients rehabilitate their musculoskeletal injuries for five years. Throughout her practice, she noticed a troubling trend: a striking number of the dysfunctions were the result of insufficient or nonexistent fitness regimes. From this realization sprung RipQuest Boot Camp, Carrie's four-week offensive against sedentary lifestyles. Along with her staff of physical therapists and trainers, Carrie motivates groups of 20–30 toward lean and toned physiques via muscle confusion. This technique is based on fast-paced, dynamic workouts that target different muscle groups to prevent them from getting too accustomed to certain routines, thus rendering exercise ineffective. Tweaked to accommodate varying fitness levels, the boot camps rally sluggish bloodstreams with cardio, strength-training, speed, and agility exercises using a variety of fitness equipment. Patrons power through lunges to build solid quads, hurl medicine balls to bolster core and arm strength, and jump ropes for a calorie-annihilating burst of cardio. Boot campers should bring a water bottle, yoga mat or towel, jump rope, and hand weights or supportive gnomes that weigh 5 to 10 pounds.
Zumba combines Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves that tone muscles and foster unmatched sass to create a fun, flab-melting workout that never grows stale (read Studio Tropa's Zumba FAQ here). The instructors will present the moves in a manner that anyone can catch onto, accommodating students of all sizes and shapes, including the rhomboidally disadvantaged. With a variety of morning and evening classes each week (every day but Sunday), the heart-pumping rhythms will have you dropping your old gym routine like the codependent treadmill habit it is. Jerry Maese and Coryne Rich, certified Zumba dancestructors with a multitude of classes and groovebattles to their names, will encourage and challenge you throughout the workout, making sure your twinkling eyesmiles are crowned with dewy brows.
Part color-powder fight and part animal-themed 5K, the Jungle Fever 5K Colorful Run For Your Life Series brings runners of all ages together for a morning of relaxed and fun racing. Volunteer "animals" surprise runners with splashes of color as they leisurely make their way through an untimed 5K race. Outlandish outfits are encouraged—either wild animal-themed outfits or all-white clothing. The whole affair ends in a colorful splash as runners lob handfuls of colored powder at one another in a color fight.
In his 30-year career, Ricky Jackson has worked for the exclusive resort the Houstonian Hotel, headed up the strength-and-conditioning program at Texas Southern University, and even traded blows as a professional prizefighter under the management of Don King. Today, he brings his lifetime of fitness knowledge to his clients during one-on-one training sessions with his business, Ricky Jackson Personal Training Service. He draws from his boxing and athletic training to help his students cut weight, develop their athletic skills, or even recover from injuries.