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.
The founders of Studio 108 Yoga, Eagan and Kim Wilson, lead a highly experienced team of instructors as they steep people in a serene space conducive for meditation. Kim and her cadre of seasoned yogis lead session of Gentle, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin and Tantric Hatha Yoga, in a comfortable learning center that is warm enough for muscles to stretch safely without sustaining injury or insults from spiteful snowmen. In two rooms outfitted with sustainable bamboo flooring and custom murals, students can cycle through myriad classes or get advice from instructors on which version of yoga might best suit them.
Inside Studio 108 lies a separate body-toning facility: Elite Self Defense Training, which specializes in self-defense and kempo karate classes. Its black-belt instructors teach men, women, and children how to defend themselves against punches, knives, and guns. They also tailor their classes to suit each group, which might mean teaching children how to defend themselves against a bully or men how to protect themselves in a bar fight.
Surya Center for Yoga founder Lisa Marshall discovered yoga while she was pregnant, when she used the ancient practice as a way to calm and strengthen her body and create a better environment for her little-one-to-be. The Surya Center for Yoga community is available to students seven days a week, and they can drop in on classes in 10 distinct modalities, including sessions exclusively for beginners and all-levels classes. A stable of 10 certified instructors guides students through sessions such as a 60-minute gentle Hatha-style yoga class designed to calm the mind and reduce stress, or a Wednesday-night candlelight session that incorporates blocks, straps, and blankets to ease inflexible joints or injured limbs into position more gently than a lamb moves a Jenga block.
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.
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.