The playing field is level and accented in aqua at LOA Fitness for Women, where health is a community endeavor. The gym houses special strength-training equipment with 5-pound pin-adjusted weights that, by virtue of being lighter, prevent injury and foster healthy muscle development. On-site babysitting services and an all-female crew of personal trainers similarly break down physical, practical, and emotional barriers to women's well-being. Eleven types of group movement classes, including Zumba and Pilates, re-enforce the feeling of sweat-bonded camaraderie that permeates the ranks of treadmills and bikes, and nutrition counselors equip women with the skills to make healthy choices at home.
LOA Fitness also offers team training, which incorporate equipment such as kettle bells, balls, and sandbags, and group fitness classes, which include kickboxing, yoga-lates, Zumba, and much more. During automated spa treatments, women step into tranquil chambers that rejuvenate muscles and skin.
The Jenny Craig Program provides people with nutritious, heart-healthy foods, a personal consultant, and a plan specially tailored to helping them attain their desired weight. Clients meet with a Jenny Craig consultant to assess their current eating habits and to create a scheme for shedding superfluous pounds. Then, the week-one planned menu unfolds like a paper airplane made of phyllo dough (items in blue are included in the plan, and orange items are recommended additions). A sample day starts with the Breakfast Scramble, a mound of scrambled egg whites and turkey ham topped with melty low-fat mozzarella and served over diced red potatoes. Lunch is beef chow mein, which is packed with vegetables (broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and rooglebetas) and remains unpacked with calories (it has only 220). Dinner brings the comfort of macaroni and cheese and tops it off with a cookie for dessert.
Like the branches of a tree, Namah Shivaya Yoga’s teachers never stray too far from their roots. It just so happens that their roots lay half a world away, in the traditional Indian yoga practices outlined in the ancient Hatha Yoga Pradipika text. As prescribed therein, they teach a diverse blend of styles that focus on energizing and strengthening the body and soothing the mind. They help exercisers break a healthy sweat with hatha and vinyasa yoga techniques, and occasionally incorporate props, such as straps and blocks, to help with poses. The instructors also practice Yin and restorative yoga, which mix breathing exercises with meditation to cleanse the mind of toxic thoughts.
For those who wish to make a livelihood of practicing yoga, the studio offers 200- and 500-hour teaching certificate programs. The courses range from a four-week intensive to a three-year ongoing program. Each curriculum is registered with and approved by the Yoga Alliance, a council of practitioners who uphold the discipline’s integrity and occasionally combine their powers to summon Captain Yoga.
Private Workout's efficiency-focused staffers draft half-hour workout regimens specifically designed to meet each client's physical needs and personal-health goals. The trainer explains the workout and introduces all equipment, then evaluates clients' fitness and helps them set goals. Members can then return for their 30-minute sessions, which are held nearly every day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The workouts are designed to keep heart rates up for 30 minutes, which helps stave off disease and ramp up metabolisms. Guests who'd like more individualized attention can also sign up for personal-training sessions to work toward milestones, whether they'd like to tone up for fingerless-glove season or lose weight.
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
Equipment: Human body
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, yoga mat, "A" game
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of staff: 1–5
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Q&A with Marlon Burnette, Owner of 2 Rules Fitness
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
By positively motivating and challenging my clients, I have found that this is the magic elixir for success and results. I know it is a new lifestyle for a lot of people, but if they can see the goal . . . and feel great along the way, they won't quit.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Music does enhance the workouts for some, not all. It does for me, but I also see many people with no headphones on in the gym. During my boot camps there is no music played because the only noise I like to hear are people encouraging each other.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
I firmly believe that if a person enjoys their time somewhere, they will come back. People like to go on vacation to certain places repeatedly if they had fun. I want a fun, judgment-free environment for every person that comes to get in shape with me. But above all else, results will drive them back. Fun + results = success.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
There are only two rules to my boot camps. Rule 1: The phrase "I can't!" isn't allowed during the boot camp. Rule 2: Work hard.