The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, a cause-driven organization dedicated to promoting healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility, helps active families forge fit physiques and attain balanced lifestyles with wellness classes, nutrition programs, and trained staff within a positive community atmosphere. The Y offers hundreds of group exercise classes to induce heart-pumping fitness through yoga poses, Pilates, and Zumba dance moves, and 10 outdoor pools and eight indoor pools at select locations allow for low-impact workouts, casual lap swimming, family swimming, and intense Marco Polo matches. Personalized PFP teaches personal-training exercises to those averse to group fitness routines, MEND fights childhood obesity through lessons in nutrition and exercise for children and their families, and YMCA Diabetes Prevention help those at risk maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Parents can workout in peace with complimentary drop-in childcare at several branches, and family programs get relatives sweating together through a range of fun, pressure-free activities, alleviating the awkwardness of father-daughter dance lessons or mother-son paintball tourneys. Additional fees may apply for certain YMCA programs.
Prime Time Fitness trainers design their workouts with a comprehensive range of fitness goals in mind, from cardiovascular endurance to muscular strength to flexibility. Whether they're guiding clients through boot-camp classes indoor and outdoor around Dallas/Fort Worth or conducting personal-training sessions, they pack their routines with challenging aerobic exercises, such as jump roping, sprinting, and pull-ups. For clients' convenience, personal-training sessions can take place either in the studio or, for an additional fee, in clients' homes, offices, and the bouncy castles they like to pretend are their offices.
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.
Getting in shape isn't simply a goal to be reached and checked off. Instead, it's a lifetime commitment to fitness and healthy living. CrossFit Level 1 trainer Chuck Weaver believes it’s the kind of commitment that anyone can make, provided that they have a willing spirit and deep reserves of determination. In 2010, he designed his own CrossFit program by drawing upon his 10 years of experience in the U.S. military and over 20 years in personal training, and strength and conditioning.. Along with strength and conditioning classes, the scalable CrossFit workouts accommodate patrons of virtually any age and fitness level, incorporating a variety of exercises intended to increase flexibility, bolster cardiac health, build muscle tone, and improve speed and agility. This well-rounded approach to fitness empowers people as they heft weights, swing kettlebells, and jog laps around the gym’s on-site black hole. With each class, visitors learn a little more about the habits and mindset required to live healthier and more physically fit lives.
Chris Harrison looked around at the people he knew and loved, and he didn't like the unhealthy bodies and lifestyles he saw. So, he made it his mission to reach out to as many people as possible and help them change. That was 10 years ago. Today, Chris still runs CrossFit 3816, having expanded his focus from his peers to families and clients of all ages. He goes out of his way to help moms, dads, and even children find a workout they can do together. The best part of his job is interacting with and motivating people from every walk of life, people of all body shapes and sizes. "[I'm] able to pull their best out of them," Chris says. "I always tell them, 'You're stronger than you think you are!'"
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 Cowboys Cheerleaders. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge.
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.