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 personal 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.
Wild West Adventure Race: Participants of mainstream races often find themselves on a leisurely jog across flat, well-maintained roads—but not at the Wild West Adventure Race. Instead, they must traverse a course spanning four miles of rugged terrain dotted with impediments that challenge both endurance and strength. Races, which begin every half-hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., crisscross more than 10 obstacles that prompt racers to get down and dirty in trenches filled with ice-cold beer, mud, and smutty romance novels. Each participant will receive a race T-shirt, and top finishers across several age categories will be given individual and team awards. Onsite restrooms, changing rooms, and garden hoses facilitate cleanup before the Cinco de Mayo after party with barbecue, beer, and live music. Splash Dash: While runners often rely on high-tech fabrics and energy drinks to keep them cool and hydrated, the Splash Dash 5K takes a less sophisticated approach: manning the sidelines with a water-gun-toting Splash Squad. With awards for best times as well as best costume, runners can tackle the course with as much intensity or lightheartedness as they want, though all entrants must negotiate jets of water and water balloons before crossing the slip 'n' slide finish line. Meanwhile, a 1K fun-run course gives youngsters a chance to get soaked on the go without having to climb inside their parents' timing bibs.
The DJ Dash may have two D's in its title, but the run's philosophy hinges on three: disco, dash, and dance. Runners sport disco-inspired outfits, or other ridiculous costumes?one past runner dressed as a bottle of mustard?while they dash, untimed, down the course. Along the way, they jam out to high-octane DJ sets peppered with throwback classics. Finally, at the finish line, the sundown event morphs from a run to a full-blown dance party, where patrons wave glowsticks and LED lights while a live DJ provides the beat.
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.
Motivation to work out sometimes requires that you light a fire inside yourself, but not the kind you endured during your fire-eating internship at the circus. For $69, today's Groupon gets new clients four weeks of unlimited sessions at Camp Gladiator (a $160 value). This deal is good during any of Camp Gladiator's 36 workout times at all Dallas-area locations. Bring your own mat, towel, water, and sweat (and for the truly prepared, a jump rope and pair of dumbbells).
Camp Gladiator is a fitness boot camp far different than the boot camp disobedient teenagers are sent to on Maury. Feel the burn under the watchful eye of experienced trainers in a program founded by Ally Davidson—also known as the 2008 American Gladiator Grand Champion. No drill sergeants will be barking commands through cigars as you drop and give them 200 push-ups in the rain at this fitness boot camp, but there will be obstacle courses, tug of war, plyometrics, sprint and agility drills, and, well, some push-ups. As with personal trainers, fitness boot camps deliver results. Unlike with personal trainers, however, this deal lets you attend as many sessions as you like at whatever location you choose.
Regardless of how many times you have been named American Gladiator or Ninja Warrior, fitness boot camp is beneficial for those looking to lose some pounds, try something new, or gain the endurance that cheetahs would and have killed for.
Seven Yelpers and three Google Mappers give Camp Gladiator five stars:
- I Love Camp Gladiator. – Lori P., Yelp
- This bootcamp will kick your ass and then laugh while you lie writhing on the floor...but in a good way! – Jessica M., Yelp
- This class is so much fun that you lose track of how much work you are actually doing. The instructors are very motivational! – Scott, Google Maps
Six days before Halloween, the Austin Halloween Half Marathon will set out across Cedar Park in benefit of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas. Costumed or not, participants will work their way across a USATF-certified 13.1-mile course. Chip timers will keep track of each runner's time, and everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a custom finisher medal. Those medals won't be the only rewards waiting at the race's end. An after party will celebrate the day's efforts with music, massages, and activities for kids who aren't already exhausted from watching their parents run all morning.