Travis Garza became a fitness operative at the same time that he officially became an adult, commencing his personal-training career at age 18. As he progressed to earn his NASM certification and direct multiple training centers, he was constantly mounting a counteroffensive to "fitness fraud" and common gym stressors. Eventually, he created his own workout plans to help to reshape his clients' physiques, taking on the title of "The Master of Body Transformation." His methods have since been featured on KOCO, FOX 25, and KTOK talk radio for their slimming, confidence-building results.
Whether he is leading a fat-loss boot camp or personal-training session, Travis strives to be a steadfast source of support to his students—he always responds to email, telephone, or post-its stuck to lobbed medicine balls. His programs take the holistic route to health by emphasizing nutrition in addition to exercise, providing consultations and take-home resources for clients.
Ryan Dobbs began resculpting bodies 11 years ago, when he first acquired his personal-trainer certification. As his career progressed, he logged more than 13,000 hours of training experience, helping hundreds of students punch through the walls barring them from their fitness goals. Eventually, with the aid of his wife Amanda, he opened Evolution Personal Training, a 10,000-square-foot private gym that he now uses to house his Edmond Bootcamp classes.
The dynamic training duo outfit their gym with constantly updated machines, kettlebells, and stability balls, replacing worn-out equipment and upgrading to equipment they've judged more effective. Every new exerciser begins with waist measurements and receives a dietary plan that limits calories and maximizes nutrition. Attendees also get Ryan and Amanda's personal numbers for 24/7 access to coaching, motivation, and counseling on how to maintain a healthy relationship with their dumbbells.
Fit Body Boot Camp's nationally certified personal trainers replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor classes that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up class routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wildcard days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.
Fit Body Boot Camp eschews traditional “steady state” workouts, which elevate the heart rate into the calorie-burning zone and keep it there. Those workouts burn calories, but mostly while the exercise is taking place. Fit Body Boot Camp’s regimens, on the other hand, feature peaks and valleys of activity—boosting metabolism not only during the workout, but for up to 28 hours afterwards. Led by certified personal trainers, the boot-camp workouts incorporate a variety of fitness equipment, from battling ropes and suspension trainers to monster trucks. Each participant can tailor their workout to their personal goals while enjoying moral support from their classmates.
A former NCAA Division 1 coach and power-lifting champion helms the boot camps at Edge Sports Fitness, which get players into game shape by running them through a gamut of strength and speed training drills in a football-field-inspired indoor facility lined with artificial turf. Professional coaches lead a schedule of workshops designed to decrease 40-yard-dash times, increase vertical lift, and improve the technique of fox trot end-zone dances. Trainees practice fast-paced footwork and running drills while strengthening the legs by leaping with purpose throughout a series of plyometric exercises. Training regimens focus on improving skill sets in athletic competition, with obstacle courses and circuit training specifically designed to build the muscles needed most during games. Post-workout stretching and nutritional guidance, meanwhile, help prevent injuries and french fry grease stains on jerseys.
Red Rock Fitness’s nationally certified trainers zap bodies into shape with an electrifying boot-camp regimen that combines weight and aerobic workouts for all fitness levels, and regular members enjoy self-guided workouts and a host of gym amenities. Boot-camper hearts pump like muscle-car pistons as they speed through a regimen designed to shed calories and increase strength and flexibility. Each drop of sweat sends out an echo as it hits the floor of the gym’s expansive interior, though the sounds are obscured by the ringing out of kettlebells and the supportive cheers of classmates. A convenient five-day schedule wakes up early-risers with a jolt of endorphins and sings night owls to sleep with exhausting evening workouts.
The hours before 5 a.m. are typically reserved for sleeping, but not so at Body Language. At the crack of 4:30, the staff kicks open the doors to the newly renovated gym’s neon-green walls, and exercisers shake off calories on an eclectic array of Life Fitness cardio and strength machines. To get guests started on the right fitness foot, the staff carries out free, personalized fitness assessments for new members. The team of personal trainers, which includes a college basketball and track star who studied exercise science, also lends one-on-one support, rather than the one-on-none support found at most mime gyms. Meanwhile, classes at the group training studio infuse workouts with a sense of community; they range from yoga that incorporates a variety of styles to kickboxing sessions.