Running on Faith. That’s the acronym and motto behind ROF Bootcamp, and no one understands its meaning better than the camp’s owner and founder, Doug Hazlewood. After catching a “horrifying” glimpse of his body in the mirror, Hazlewood slipped into a brief depression. Deciding that his “bad genetics” were to blame, he essentially gave up on getting in shape. Thankfully, that isn’t the end of Hazlewood’s remarkable story. Once his depression lifted, he began to realize that the secret to health was actually very simple: exercise and nutrition. He dedicated himself to these core aspects of fitness, and he is now fully transformed and happy in his own skin. Doug founded ROF Bootcamp to share his success with others through 60-minute boot-camp classes held six days per week. He and his staff devise intense workouts that combine strength and cardio training and vary as constantly as a weatherman’s political allegiances.
Karen Mones's passion for fitness began at a young age, exercising to Jane Fonda videos with her mother. She went on to play softball, earn her bachelor's in exercise and sports science, and obtain six instructor certifications in everything from yoga to strength training. She founded Houston Adventure Boot Camp to share her knowledge and passion for fitness with as many people as possible.
She and her trainers create different regimens each day, taking advantage of the city's natural spaces and natural forces to enhance their workouts. They challenge gravity by having students lift their own bodyweight or free weights. Students plow through the heaviest friction the air can throw at them in sprints, and they hold up under constant pressure from the sun to nap in the middle of a field.
Art Montage Yoga is a welcoming yoga studio that was created to take its members to their natural limits by offering hands-on attention that's crucial to teaching correct postures. In this spacious, soothingly minimalist studio, many classes are heated to 105 degrees to help loosen up participants, deepen stretches, and detoxify bodies during sweat-producing sessions. The experienced instructors lead participants in classes such as hot Hatha flow, which combines sun salutations with meditation and breath work to heat up the body. Additionally, yoga basics offers beginners a slow-paced class that focuses on proper alignment in a cooler, 80-degree room.
A longtime practitioner of yoga, Holly Hope was inspired to start her own Bikram yoga studio after taking a Bikram yoga class in Las Vegas. She earned her teaching certificate in 2010, and began to practice immediately. Now, she and her team of 12 fellow yogis bend and stretch bodies in their superheated classrooms, delivering instructions to dozens of students from atop their mirrored mini-stage at the front of the classroom.
President and vice-president John and Cara Eckerman have developed an efficient boot-camp program that effectively cultivates muscle farms with a fruitful yield. Expert instructors lead new recruits through 45-minute classes that fluidly meld stretching, core-toning, and strength-boosting exercises into full-body fat-blasting sessions. Motivated groups help propel fitness-seekers throughout high-intensity interval training that sheds calories and stress faster than a robo-lion’s rise to the top of the food chain. A convenient schedule will leave busy boot campers with enough time to maintain their normal lives, regular routines, and Chia Pet collections, while indoor facilities ensure that visitors will get a workout regardless of rain, snow, or locust swarms.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
I have been doing CrossFit for a couple [of] years now, and my business partner Jonathan has been personal training for a little longer. We have been friends since we were kids, and realized that we both have a passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle. With our knowledge and experience combined, we knew that we could benefit others who are looking for direction toward fitness goals. Running the Boot Camp doesn't feel like work because we love it.
What makes your business stand out?
Our combination of strength, agility, [and] cardio workouts is tailored in a way that keeps everybody involved and moving, unlike your traditional everybody-stand-in-a-row-and-follow-me workouts. Also, our mix of timed and max reps brings something new [for] members who were just working out alone or with a personal trainer.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
The customers are always excited at the insight we give them. The best reaction [was from] this client [who] was in tears the other day. She has struggled with her weight for some time, and she was glad to have coaches and group of people to encourage [her] to keep it up. She lost 20 pounds in the first month.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part is designing the workouts for the day. We have been running for sometime now and have not repeated one workout.