Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson’s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.
Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010–2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
Twenty-nine thousand square feet of space. Forty-five group fitness classes per week. More than 30,000 pounds of free weights. As impressive as the numbers may be, it's the attention to personal detail that the trainers at Ultima Fitness pride themselves on. They work one-on-one with clients to achieve specific fitness goals and lead classes ranging from the lighthearted fun of Zumba to the competitive intensity of cardio kickboxing. While parents work out with the trainers, the gym welcomes children up to 12 years old into the fitness fold with their kids' club, a supervised play area. Additionally, separate from the gym's 100 strength-training machines and 70 pieces of cardio equipment lies a women's only workout area, featuring much of the same equipment, only without the attached mustache combs.
Nestled inside Ultima's expansive studio, Xtreme Tae Kwon Do teaches the 5,000-year-old martial art in a 3,000-square-foot space. Instructors host many controlled sparring sessions so that aspiring fighters can get used to the feeling of high-speed contact and learn to defend against attackers.
Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out. That's according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore North, a member of the gym family named the sixth-best in America by The Active Times. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or high heels. Instead, classes feature trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker leads students through group classes and personal-training sessions, and seasoned coaches who oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement.
Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting lean muscle, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Instructors also instill in their clients the CrossFit style with functional movements that aim to boost strength, power, and coordination.
Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces that embody a cultivated lack of the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes.
Certified personal trainer Jared Lopez and his team of instructors work to tone muscles and fire up metabolisms for all fitness levels during their boot-camp program that incorporates plyometrics, kickboxing, functional strength training, and calisthenics to get healthy and safe results. The team of experienced trainers also shows modifications for each exercise in fitness sessions at their new indoor and outdoor 7,000 square foot facility. They change up their routines on a daily basis to prevent clients and their muscles from becoming bored. To cultivate a supportive environment, the instructors motivate students without yelling at them and post success stories of clients who have lost inches and weight.
Hard Exercise Works helps clients improve their physical health with intense total-body workout regimens for all fitness levels and sage nutrition advice within a supportive fitness community. Dedicated coaches push attendees to reach their goals in classes that accommodate up to 50 students, ensuring pupils' safety by demonstrating proper technique. Each workout consists of an ever-changing sequence of intense exercises, intended to improve strength and stamina over a five-week period. In addition to a vigorous fitness regimen, the gym's nutrition philosophy promotes well-being outside of class sessions by either prescribing a five-week diet for students or teaching them how to photosynthesize their own food.
At Busy Body Fitness Center, members take advantage of a full slate of modern and old-school training techniques. Certified instructors lead sessions in modern fitness trends such as TRX suspension training, P90X, and Zumba, as well as the centuries-old practices of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Students can sculpt stronger arms during Extreme Boxing classes, build a rock-hard core with Pilates, or dance their way to tighter thighs during Zumba and Dance Jam sessions.