There are no treadmills at Kaia F.I.T. Katy. In their place, members find certified coaches, nutritional counseling, and exercise regimens that focus on strength, coordination, speed, and balance. The full-body workouts change with each class session, incorporating an approach called muscle confusion that keeps participants from getting bored and muscles from remembering their times tables. Even outside of classes, supportive coaches help clients reach their goals, providing nutritional counseling in addition to setting a foundation for camaraderie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.