When Brian Cain joined the Marine Corps in 1997, he could barely finish the initial fitness test: a 1.5-mile timed run, two minutes of pull-ups, and two minutes of sit-ups. But as he trained, he gained endurance and strength, until eventually, he became the one leading daily workouts—even while putting himself through extra training in the evening. When he returned to civilian life, he kept challenging himself with marathons and Ironman triathlons and helped his friends and family members shape up. In December 2011, Brian founded Evolve Athletics to, as he puts it, "turn my passion into a business." During his boot camps, he challenges people of every fitness level with pushups, sprinting, plyometric jumps, and other exercises, which he mixes up each day. Though he acknowledges that the workouts are "pretty high intensity," he tries to meet each camper where they're at and push them from there. He modifies exercises for beginners, and challenges fitness veterans by adding resistance using Neoprene sacks filled with sand. But Brian sees his boot camps as more than just a one-off fitness class. He views the human body as the quintessential piece of workout equipment. "I want people to understand that you don't need a treadmill or elliptical to get your cardio, and you don't need a weight machine with 16 different stations to do your strength training," he says. None of his workouts require a gym membership to duplicate, so students can easily reproduce them at home or on commuter trains. Brian says his campers have seen their overall health and fitness improve, not only through the exercises, but also with the nutrition advice and help from the online food logs they have access to. One of his students dropped more than 20 pounds during a three-month weight-loss competition he hosted. "She was your typical 47-year-old mother with a couple of kids, really didn't have time for herself," he says. "But she was there every morning at 5 a.m. and just did what she needed to do." For Brian, seeing that change is his reward. "It's taking somebody who hasn't done anything fitness-related in maybe years, and then starting from the bottom floor and seeing them progress," he says. "That's why I do it."
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.
Innovative Fitness hosts a broad curriculum of fitness classes and personal-training options that allow individuals to tailor their experience to personal preference, whether its to lose weight, build muscle, or just have fun. Functional fitness lies at the core of the trainers' approach. Functional exercises performed at shortened intensities build greater muscle fitness and performance levels, and the staff design specialized regimens that accommodate each client's competency. Guests looking for a balanced approach to fitness may opt for boot camps that stress a mix a cardiovascular work and resistance training, whereas fun-seekers can inject some liveliness into workouts with Zumba dance classes. Through a personal-training regimen, individuals can consult an experienced trainer during weekly training sessions that provide much quicker feedback than writing to a fitness pen pal.
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.
With more than 15 years of experience, Premier Pilates’s head instructor, Rosa McGill, is very familiar with the benefits of Pilates: better range of motion, increased flexibility, better balance and posture, and a stronger core. To help people achieve those benefits, she and her team lead one-on-one and small-group classes with mats and equipment such as Reformers and spine correctors. The staff strive to make Premier Pilates a place for holistic health, offering access to an infrared massage bed, which uses deep-penetrating heat to relax muscles or help snowmen slim down as wheels made of jade roll up and down the body.
Texas Boot Camp Fitness's certified trainers fortify physiques with an ever-shifting compendium of exercises performed in an outdoor setting. Attendees of all fitness levels sprint and jump toward fitness goals, lifting their own body weight when performing pushups, chin-ups, and acts of levitation. Arms hoist weights, resistance bands stretch between partners, and friendly competitions reveal hidden stores of stamina and strength. Pushing beyond pure leadership of boot-camp classes, instructors supplement workouts with nutritional guidance and lifestyle advice. In the interest of safe and easy mirroring, coaches emphasize clean technique rather than speed or the benefits of cloning.