The trainers at God Body Sports Academy use parachutes not as an escape plan but as a tool to challenge clients, tying chutes to clients' waists and creating drag that makes dashes a greater feat of strength. It's just one of the techniques the company uses to push clients past their
limit and into greater physical fitness or, one day maybe, past the sound barrier. Their staff of former collegiate and professional athletes design sports-training programs for
youth and adult clients that may consist of pulse-pounding workouts held in the gym or outside at a nearby park. In addition, many God Body Sports Academy programs supplement the exercise with nutritional guidance and meal plans.
When Southwest Houston Adventure Boot Camp’s owner and head trainer, Stacy Agee, chose her team of certified personal trainers, she knew she would need a deep bench. As a former college and semipro basketball player and a two-time MVP on the Houston Energy women’s football team, she understood the value in building a team with diverse skill sets that play to the strengths of the others. To that end, she recruited Kim, a veterinarian turned certified trainer and rehab specialist; Darrin, a father, marathon and triathlon runner, and boxing instructor; June, a yogi and tai chi practitioner; and TJ, a trainer with a love of plyometrics.
These coaches draw from specialized backgrounds in personal training, Pilates and yoga instruction, massage, and mixed martial arts to design a range of workouts that change constantly, much like every encyclopedia once time travel is invented. In each of their four-week outdoor fitness programs, comprised of 20 one-hour sessions scheduled for early morning, mid-morning, or evening, they train participants of all genders, ages, and fitness levels. They foster a noncompetitive, support group atmosphere with a personal training feel.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Kenyatta Kelly knows the power of Zumba. The dance instructor and owner of Kenyatta & Co. Studio shed more than 50 pounds by participating in the high-energy dance classes. Now she helps fellow exercisers meet their individual goals through Zumba, whether they want to burn calories, learn new dance moves, or sculpt limbs to match all those Greek statues that keep breaking out of museums. Kenyatta & Co. Studio was also recently voted Best Zumba, Aerobics, and Yoga in Houston by Great Day Houston.
Trainer Paul Moran learned what the female body is capable of from his mother, a Golden Gloves Boxer. Since then he has devoted himself to helping empower women of all fitness levels with slimmer, stronger frames and better health. He and his team of instructors have designed the classes expressly for women, utilizing smaller weights, fewer reps and—like holistic auto mechanics—use virtually no machines.
After playing football at the collegiate and professional levels, Chris White earned his ACSM certification as a health-and-fitness specialist. He puts this experience to use at Fit With C.H.R.I.S., where?along with his fellow trainers?he helps clients shed pounds and lead healthier lives. Some of Chris's fitness services include personal training, group boot camps, and custom meal plans.