The fitness coaches at Apollo Boot Camp are dedicated to one thing: helping their clients look and feel great. This means they don’t endorse starvation diets or promote painful and miserable workouts. Instead, instructors devise upbeat boot camps for groups, personalize training programs for individuals, and concoct healthy and fulfilling nutritional plans for everyone. They also cater specific programs to the elderly or to youths who are battling obesity.
Inland Empire Boot Camp’s squad of experienced instructors eschews the ear-scarring screams of traditional boot camps in favor of rigorous motivation, individually tailoring every exercise to achieve sustainable results for students. Like the temperaments of salsa dancers, the boot camp’s intensity levels split into mild, medium, and hot categories to ensure every participant gets a vigorous but doable workout. The outdoor program mixes up activities for constantly shifting sessions, which divide time between exercises such as toning core muscles with planks and lunges and raising heart rates with jogging and calisthenics. Campers rotate through interval-based resistance and cardio training, aiming to stoke metabolic fires into searing calories. Inland Empire Boot Camp's schedule of both coed and women-only classes lets participants control their comfort levels, and the flexible schedule accommodates those who need extra time to get their werewolf or nongroggy daytime-werewolf symptoms under control. Inland Empire Boot Camp also offers grocery shopping classes, which escort students through the aisles, teaching them what to look for on food labels and how to decide between frozen or fresh, butter or margarine, and ketchup or catsup.
The certified personal trainers and former military machos of Extreme Boot Camp are half drill sergeant, half high-school football coach, half mathematician, and all expert. They want you to go tactical on flab but not without realistic encouragement and support. First, these legionaries of lean will uncritically assess your level of fitness. They'll take down your measurements, weight, and body-fat percentage so you'll be able to tangibly record your progress. Then, after receiving some sound nutritional guidance to aid your ascendance to health, you'll be drafted into a squad of equally athletic peers who you'll bond with through muscle burn and un-ironic high-fives.
Twins Tavis and Taylor Smith started training in tae kwon do at the age of 7. Together, they traveled to Korea to compete at the international level before returning to the states and opening a gym together. Today, they lead children and adults through tae kwon do classes, using the hanging punching bags and holding pads for students to punch and kick. In addition to the martial art, they offer boot-camp classes with circuit-training workouts that fluctuate between cardio and strength training to build lean muscles and endurance. They also lead krav maga self-defense classes that focus on evading attackers and building environmental awareness.
The colorful space that makes up Fitness Revolution Pasadena—think purple floors and walls in bright blue, grey, and white—provides ample room for small and large group personal-training classes. Participants uses exercise balls, kettlebells, resistance bands, and wooden blocks to help burn calories, tone muscles, and increase their flexibility. Guiding each group through a workout is husband-wife team Joseph and April Hawthorne. They also readily dispense their wisdom on nutrition and which Power Ranger had the best high kick.