The instructors at John's Gym aren't just passionate about the disciplines they teach, they're expert practitioners of them. Carey Huckaby, for instance, the trainer of all boxing hopefuls who walk in, is a multiple Texas Golden Gloves champion, whereas the leader of the kettlebell classes, Henry V. Marshall, is a World Kettlebell Lifting Amateur champion. These titleholders ply their trades in a gym that was originally designed for law enforcement and military personnel, but refrains from intimidation by providing programs for the whole family. Suspension training designed by U.S. Navy Seals complements kick-and-punch heavy Muay Thai kickboxing sessions, while cardio-kickboxing and Fit to the Core classes create more rounded fitness opportunities. To accommodate all these activities, John's Gym stocks a full boxing ring and MMA mat area, Hammer Strength free weights, and Precor cardio machines, as well as more than 30 kickboxing bags, rather than old luggage with "Kick Me" painted on it.
An intensive four-week exercise regimen crafted by certified personal trainer Ally Davidson helps campers peppered across the fitness spectrum attain weight-loss results and sweat-slicked brows. The certified boot-camp staff sends muscles on a brisk march toward a firmer condition six days a week, helming total-body workouts that include interval training, plyometrics, and an abs-twisting assortment of timed strength and agility drills. The staff regularly switches up workout regimens to ensure that muscles don't become as bored as nihilists in a bounce house. Aware that not all recruits have the same motives for joining their brigade, trainers customize the workouts to squeeze the best results from bodies of all ages and fitness abilities. The camp schedule varies based on location, with early-morning camps to awaken muscles stuck on snooze and evening sessions to end the day on a note of high endorphins.
Robyn Pettinger, named one of Austin’s top trainers by Austin Fit Magazine, helms a small and exclusive team of trainers who put their kinesiology degrees and years of fitness experience to use during intense, yet supportive outdoor boot-camp classes. These seasoned teachers keep classes small so they can give each participant personalized attention as they lead them through the rotating tapestry of strength-training and cardio-boosting workouts. They cull movements from a range of sweat-inducing sources, including circuit-training programs and balance drills, and use no-frills equipment—such as bands, medicine balls, and dumbbells—to create an intense and varied session designed to work the entire body and ward off muscle boredom.
The staffers can also track student progress with body-composition assessments, as well as offer guidance on cultivating healthy-eating habits and boosting metabolism during a 24-Day Nutrition Challenge.
Select Gymnastics offers kids aged 2 to 13 countless ways to stay active, from flipping and flying through the air to evening out uneven bars. Certified instructors teach budding gymnasts how to cartwheel and tumble their way through choreographed routines during gymnastics classes. The gym also hosts afterschool sessions, which provide time for homework, gymnastics, and karate, and kid's night out, which features a movie and refreshments along with play time. In addition, Select Gymnastics hosts summer camps, which include field trips, tae kwon do lessons, and arts and crafts.
The coaches at North Austin Fitness help seasoned and aspiring athletes obtain their peak level of fitness and performance. They use their certified CrossFit skills to push students and lead classes rooted in developing self-discipline and physical prowess. During cross training workouts, the team integrates a variety of functional movements, including pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, and running, to improve body mechanics to produce better, faster results. In addition to hosting classes, instructors offer offer counseling and advice on proper diet and nutrition to further add to the overall health and wellness for participants.