Norman native Mark Russell calls upon his four years spent as a Special Forces operator in the US Marine Corps and 14 years as a professional trainer in the motocross industry to inspire the pupils of Rise Above Fit Camp. He challenges his students to push to new limits with constantly changing workouts that can involve everything from stadium runs to CrossFit-inspired exercises.
Travis Garza became a fitness operative at the same time that he officially became an adult, commencing his personal-training career at age 18. As the now-48-year-old progressed to earn his NASM certification and direct multiple training centers, he was constantly mounting a counteroffensive to "fitness fraud" and common gym stressors. Eventually, he created his own workout plans to help to reshape his clients' physiques, taking on the title of "The Master of Body Transformation." His methods have since been featured on KOCO, FOX 25, and KTOK talk radio for their slimming, confidence-building results.
Whether he is leading a fat-loss boot camp or personal-training session, Travis strives to be a steadfast source of support to his students?he always responds to email, telephone, or post-its stuck to lobbed medicine balls. His programs take the holistic route to health by emphasizing nutrition in addition to exercise, providing consultations and take-home resources for clients.
The therapists at Balanced Body Solutions Therapy & Wellness specialize in Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening (AIS). They use active stretching techniques to relax tight muscles, improve range of motion, and stimulate circulation. The system can be customized to each client and is especially beneficial for those who wish to improve sport performance or win a dance-off against an inflatable tube man.
At each of Oxygen Yoga & Fitness? locations, trained fitness instructors guide students through a seven-day schedule packed with yoga, boot camp, meditation, and TRX suspension training classes. The modern studios come equipped with infrared heated yoga rooms where students strengthen muscles during yoga poses as the specialized light aims to improve their skin tone and erase their cellulite. During TRX suspension training sessions, exercisers are suspended in the air by belts attached to the ceiling and use their own body weight to fight gravity. The classes are designed for all fitness levels and aim to build long, lean muscles and give guests a place to practice their levitation skills. The studio also schedules kids' yoga sessions designed to increase children?s confidence and provide full-body workouts.
Ever a resilient warrior, Marybeth Davis chose to see the destruction of her New Orleans home by Hurricane Katrina as a direct challenge. Not only did she grit her teeth and rebuild, the mother of four also started her own boot camp. In her capacity as a certified personal trainer, she pulls from her years of experience in championship martial artistry to lead classes for fitness seekers of all abilities. Having overcome weight issues and injuries, Marybeth employs empathy to scale each of her high-intensity workouts to accommodate all fitness levels, from beginners to professional athletes. The coach also strives to create a motivational and non-intimidating community amongst her students, discouraging screaming, insults, or unprovoked outbreaks of water balloon fights.
Former OSU All-American track star and football player—and current NFL trainer—Marcus Bivines joins fitness model Tracy Winters at Hype Fitness Studios, where the co-owning duo puts special emphasis on motivating participants as they lead boot-camp classes. Designed specifically for indoor boot-camp sessions, the spacious black-walled studio echoes with huffs and puffs as the crew leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels through head-to-toe cardio and strength training. The staff also choreographs three separate sessions for kids (ages 7–15), teaching youngsters supportive teamwork and helping them increase their strength, speed, and ability to do long division while hopping through tires.
Tracy has been a certified personal trainer since 2005, and since then she has practiced what she preaches by successfully training for fitness and bikini competitions. Marcus has spent the better part of the last decade imparting his training wisdom to aspiring athletes from middle school to the NFL, and he has a knack for improving his clients' speed and power, the traits that most often get rocket boosters hired by NASA. The third pillar of Hype Fitness, TC Bread, brings his own impressive background to the table, having played strong-side linebacker at OU.