Not many events can combine puzzles, obstacle races, and charitable giving—all while filling the downtown area with people in gorilla suits. Gorilla Challenge accomplishes all of these things in a single afternoon. With annual events held across the country, it is quickly becoming the premier event for raising fun and social responsibility. Several of the event’s clues are designed to bring awareness to topics such as literacy, poverty, environmental concerns, animal welfare, and elder care. Amid these consciousness-raising events, the company’s gorilla-suit-clad staffers make surprise appearances to award participants prizes and collect bribes in the form of fresh bananas or sign-language-speaking kittens.
Motivation to work out sometimes requires that you light a fire inside yourself, but not the kind you endured during your fire-eating internship at the circus. For $69, today's Groupon gets new clients four weeks of unlimited sessions at Camp Gladiator (a $160 value). This deal is good during any of Camp Gladiator's 36 workout times at all Dallas-area locations. Bring your own mat, towel, water, and sweat (and for the truly prepared, a jump rope and pair of dumbbells).
Camp Gladiator is a fitness boot camp far different than the boot camp disobedient teenagers are sent to on Maury. Feel the burn under the watchful eye of experienced trainers in a program founded by Ally Davidson—also known as the 2008 American Gladiator Grand Champion. No drill sergeants will be barking commands through cigars as you drop and give them 200 push-ups in the rain at this fitness boot camp, but there will be obstacle courses, tug of war, plyometrics, sprint and agility drills, and, well, some push-ups. As with personal trainers, fitness boot camps deliver results. Unlike with personal trainers, however, this deal lets you attend as many sessions as you like at whatever location you choose.
Regardless of how many times you have been named American Gladiator or Ninja Warrior, fitness boot camp is beneficial for those looking to lose some pounds, try something new, or gain the endurance that cheetahs would and have killed for.
Seven Yelpers and three Google Mappers give Camp Gladiator five stars:
- I Love Camp Gladiator. – Lori P., Yelp
- This bootcamp will kick your ass and then laugh while you lie writhing on the floor...but in a good way! – Jessica M., Yelp
- This class is so much fun that you lose track of how much work you are actually doing. The instructors are very motivational! – Scott, Google Maps
Former professional football player LaDairis Jackson has turned his sports experience into a personal training mission. Believing that a good attitude and a willingness to work hard are vital factors in his clients’ journey to better fitness, he offers intense one-on-one sessions, group boot-camp classes, nutritional counseling, and sports-specific training to everyone from gym beginners to athletes. LaDairis’s friendly motivation and encouragement have helped many of his clients lose weight and build lean muscle.
If you ask a professional cheerleader how she got her toned physique, agile limbs, and powerful muscles, she might point you to Jay and Lin Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo are the brains behind Jay Johnson's Boot Camp Fitness—an exercise program designed to slim waistlines and pump up muscles of students of all abilities, from fitness newbies to professionals and prestigious clients such as the Dallas Desperados Dancers. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Drawing from their extensive training in the US Army and years of fitness experience, the pair and a staff of elite trainers—including professional football players and mixed martial artists—lead boot-camp programs in the Dallas area. Within parks, fields, and parking lots, they conduct high-intensity workouts, keeping patrons engaged with constantly varied regimens, along with games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts. They focus on functional training throughout the sessions, challenging students to heave barbells, flip tractor tires, and lug fire hoses.
The trainers also offer a specialized cheerleading boot camp ideal for high-school teams training for upcoming seasons or assistant grocery managers seeking ways to motivate their teams of disillusioned bag boys.
Mark Berry of My Dallas Massage aims to banish stress and pain from the body with the healing power of touch. Adept at many kneading modalities, Mark has studied anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology in order to facilitate his two-pronged approach to pain management: temporary relief followed by a more permanent solution. His knowledge of the human form helps him ease muscular aches as well as other sources of discomfort, including headaches, neck pain, shoulder problems, and allergies caused by huffing the cat.
At Absolute Boxing & Personal Training for Women, personal trainers with vast martial-arts experience, including UFC manager Francois Nguyen, help men, women, and children of all skill levels get into fine fighting form. The team combines the fundamentals of boxing and kickboxing into heart-thumping sessions capable of incinerating calories, toning muscles, and arming students with the self-defense techniques necessary to ward off bullies. Personal trainers expand upon fight-based conditioning with yoga instruction, massage therapy, and a promise to hold clients accountable for the goals they set, such as running 10 miles or high-fiving 10 strangers each day.