Brad Linder is something of an authority on physical fitness. As a younger man, he played professional basketball. Later, he studied the workings of the body while earning his masters in health, kinesiology, and sports studies. Along with his wife, Cynthia, Brad has not only penned the Amazon bestseller, Three Steps to Your Best Body in Record Time, but has also been featured on The Doctors for their successful boot-camp program.
Their hand-selected staff of certified personal trainers helps them lead the 60-minute group sessions that are chock-full of strength-training and cardio drills. To supplement the exercises, the team offers nutritional guidance, stokes the flames of willpower with motivational emails, and helps clients avoid temptation by disguising themselves as construction workers and rerouting ice cream trucks.
Get You In Shape also provides one-on-one personal training sessions, as well as corporate wellness programs that keep office personnel from succumbing to the snares of a sedentary lifestyle. When not helping clients shed pounds, Get YOU in Shape donates time and money to various charitable organizations, such as Christian Community Action, Wounded Warriors, and Special Olympics.
Austin Fit Magazine named RockBody Boot Camp its Best Boot Camp of 2011 and also lauded its owner, Brian Prinzo, as one of the city’s Top 10 Fittest Trainers in 2010. But for Brian and his staff of experienced trainers, it’s not about the accolades; it’s about helping others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Classes eschew routine courses of treadmills and bench presses for a variety of challenging workouts that put participants through a mash-up of strength, core, cardio, and interval training designed to push them to their personal limits. Best of all, the workouts provide the motivation and accountability needed to help exercisers push past plateaus, and exercises can be tailored to accommodate many fitness levels and concerns, such as arthritis, body pain, and conjoined sweatbands.
Certified trainer, AJ Tucker, acquired myriad methods of staying fit while playing college football, training for jui jitsu, and during his four-year service with the U.S. Army. Today, he molds all that experience into a three-day-a-week boot camp that incorporates strength straining, a specialty class such as boxing, and a session designed for fun where participants buddy-up and complete a more light-hearted session of exercises. He also offers private boot camps that can be held at the office, school, or front yard.
At Fitness Together, getting fit involves getting focused and fired up to achieve. Here, certified personal trainers guide clients of all skill levels through motivating boot camps and exercise programs designed to meet goals loftier than a giraffe’s basketball hoop. To help their charges torch calories and tone muscles as efficiently as possible, the trainers incorporate evidence-based training methods, such as intervals, tempos, and fartlek, into each fitness regimen.
Filled with cardio challenges and resistance training, workouts are tailored to individual needs and paired with nutrition tips that help the body to build lean muscle. In-studio sessions take place in a private, spa-like studio flush with energizing red walls and functional training tools such as medicine balls, kettlebells, and gymnastics rings.
For three decades, owner Debbee Sharpe has worn many hats to help others discover the benefits of fitness. Her extensive resume includes stints as an aerobics instructor and physical-education staffer at Duke University, and appearances on ESPN2 and the Health Channel. She shifted her focus to Pilates, as she found that it improved her posture, strength, and overall attitude in life, which motivated her to share these benefits with others at her studio The Pilates Body Loft.
Her classes encompass Pilates standards, utilizing equipment such as mats, balls, and TRX suspension, but also veer off the beaten path into barefoot BeamFit classes—combining Pilates and gymnastics techniques. But Debbee's creativity shines brightest in her Mat to Saddle Pilates classes, in which riders apply Pilates principles—including core strength, balance, and control—on horseback to improve their riding skills and their connection with their trusty steed.
Private sessions are also available for those students that want personalized instruction or someone with whom to reenact Laurel and Hardy scenes.
Since 2001, Stroller Strides' fitness professionals and buggy-bandying workouts have helped mothers to overcome the struggles of staying in shape while caring for a wee one. Specially trained instructors helm a series of 60-minute classes, which consist of a warm-up, a power walk, and interval stations where limbs stretch resistance tubes in body-toning drills. Energizing jaunts often utilize hills, benches, and other environmental facets to augment maneuvers. Throughout the routine, engaging songs and activities keep children from growing overly fussy or pranking classmates by tossing banana peels in front of their buggies.