The instructors at Austin F.I.T. Boot Camps' three indoor locations lead intense, results-oriented boot-camp classes. During each session, the instructors combine resistance training, cardio, and plyometric exercises for full-body muscle building.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled Sgt. H2O's Aquatic Boot Camp after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. Each aquatic session tests fitness practitioners of all ability levels with moves designed to maximize lung capacity, boost swimming speed, and tone the entire body. Water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of exercise, and the pool’s gentle gravity proves easy on the joints. Exercisers tackle tasks such as pool sprints, towel swims, treading water with weights, bending submarines over one’s knee, and group exercise drills, as well as aquatic conditioning kicks. In Dallas, Sgt. H2O's personal training programs entitle trainees to attend complimentary boot-camp classes if they complete three hours of personal training per week. An online depository of nutritional advice helps students keep their weight-loss or healthy-living efforts on track.
Fitness 19 chisels existing humans into shapely body sculptures with a wide array of cardio, weight, and resistance-training equipment from quality manufacturers such as Life Fitness. Members feast on the gym's cornucopia of workout machines, pumping up their pulses on the elliptical cross-trainers and preparing for an elevator-free postapocalyptic future on the stairclimbers. Muscle-chasers can make use of a mélange of free weights, along with benches, power racks, and Smith-assisted squat machines. Fitness 19's workout gurus share exercise expertise based on their protégés' goals in the one-on-one personal-training sessions. For an extra fee, parents can access the gym's supervised kids' room, where tykes can play with a treasure trove of games and toys while their guardians strive toward a muscle-bound horizon.
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.
Tina Guershon oversees the fitness curriculum at FuzeMove Fitness, channeling more than 20 years of dance and performance on the island of Barbados. The majority of her fellow teachers were once former students at FuzeMove, who became enamored with the supportive atmosphere and the slimming effects of their Zumba and Bokwa workouts.
Both party-like group workouts mix dance with aerobic movement to tone muscles and burn calories. Zumba draws from salsa, cumbia, hip hop, and other dance styles to choreograph routines, whereas Bokwa combines basic boxing techniques and Kwaito, an African dance method. Though they might look impressive in action and painted on a velvet canvas, neither of the methods require any prior dance or fitness experience.The fitness studio mixes up their routine with special events, such as bollywood dance workshops or Zumba parties set in a night club setting complete with black lights and glow sticks.
The Yoga Room founder Zelinda Yañez strives, along with a team of certified instructors, to make yoga accessible to everyone with accommodating classes geared toward beginners and more seasoned students. The studio’s schedule includes classes such as Hatha I, where instructors help fledging flexers become accustomed to linking physical postures together with deep breathing techniques. Relax & Restore yoga students engage in restorative poses and guided meditation designed to improve relaxation, flexibility, and straitjacket-escape plans. Pilates's efficient floor exercises also help bolster the abdominals. The conditioning practice requires mental concentration and breath control as mat mavens flow through a range of total-body toning moves, resulting in bodies adorned in lean muscle not unlike a birthday cake frosted in vanilla protein shake.
Most runners simply want to cross the finish line of their first marathon. Steve Sisson wanted Austin’s runners to set loftier goals, so he created Rogue Running and hired a staff of experienced and decorated coaches. Steve himself is tribute to what drive can accomplish: he was a three-time all-American cross-country and track runner at the University of Texas, and is currently the assistant coach for the women’s track-and-field team.
His vision is to pass on that sense of discipline as well as advanced running techniques in a training program tailored according to how hard runners want to work, rather than how frequently they’ve spotted Jesse Owens in the supermarket. Using this method, the Rogue crew has readied runners for everything from 5K races and marathons to triathlons and trail runs. One of Steve’s ultimate goals is to create a thriving running community. To this end, Rogue Running has trained more than 10,000 runners of varying skill levels, and opened retail stores that outfit the community with athletic apparel and running shoes.