Q&A with Camille Hamilton, Owner-Operator of Body Evolution Training
Tell us about your business.
Our facility is a breeding ground for a new life, a fresh start, and a next-level fitness experience.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
Our goal is that every individual who walks through our door is treated with the utmost respect and attention. So many people don't make time to take care of the body that takes care of everyone else. We believe getting you through our door will be a win-win battle for both of us, but you making the choice to keep coming back is what's going you make you a warrior!
What is something most people don't know about your business?
Every month we include a free nutritional seminar with your membership. It's a time to weigh in and take measurements (optional), but, most importantly, we honor the "Change Maker" of the month. That person gets on the Wall of Fame at the studio and gets their next month’s membership free! This is not decided by just inches and pounds lost alone. It's a collective honorarium based on a multitude of criteria including attitude, attendance, and overall fitness improvement.
After obtaining three fitness certifications and training for years at the YMCA and LA Fitness, Kathie decided it was time to open up her own studio. So, in 2008, the fitness expert welcomed health seekers into Body Designer Fitness Studio, where today she continues to help everyone—from athletes to quadriplegics—work up a sweat. Hourlong boot-camp classes held four times per week put every muscle to work with high-intensity cardio and resistance-training exercises, supplemented by nutritional tips such as fat-loss meal plans and how to eat cake while running. Kathie also enlists the Theraplex unit in her studio, allowing clients to recline and absorb the system's passive motions that quell stress, improve sleep patterns and mood, and aid in cardio training and weight loss.
Hosting classes within a two-story home, Yoga on the Brazos’ staff of instructors help students improve their physical and mental health. The instructors lead a schedule of classes in various yoga styles for all skill levels, dedicating time during each session to helping pupils modulate their thought and inhalations with focused breathing exercises and meditation. During all-level Vinyasa classes, instructors promote athletic well-being with a flowing series of poses, which uses channeled breaths to link each movement more naturally than a semaphore ellipsis. During Hatha sessions, students practice sustained postures, and the instructors offer modifications throughout so attendees can safely challenge themselves by pushing stretches further. During Sivananda yoga classes, students learn how to relax their minds by taking fully developed breaths and performing a sequence of stable Hatha asanas. The studio helps to prepare attendees for practice by renting out yoga mats ($1) and translating their names into Sanskrit.
Karen Mones's passion for fitness began at a young age, exercising to Jane Fonda videos with her mother. She went on to play softball, earn her bachelor's in exercise and sports science, and obtain six instructor certifications in everything from yoga to strength training. She founded Houston Adventure Boot Camp to share her knowledge and passion for fitness with as many people as possible.
She and her trainers create different regimens each day, taking advantage of the city's natural spaces and natural forces to enhance their workouts. They challenge gravity by having students lift their own bodyweight or free weights. Students plow through the heaviest friction the air can throw at them in sprints, and they hold up under constant pressure from the sun to nap in the middle of a field.
Not too many people get to make a career out of their childhood dreams. Needville Horseback Riding's head instructor Jacqueline, however, is one person who can say she did. After riding and showing as a little girl, she decided to pursue horsemanship further in college and into adulthood, earning herself a certification from the American Riding Instructors Association and the right to fulfill her equestrian dream each day.
Today, she empowers others to pursue similar dreams by conducting horseback riding lessons in the disciplines of hunter, jumper, and dressage for riders of all ages. Lessons take place year-round rain or shine, and can be tailored to each rider regardless of whether their goals include competing in shows, riding for pleasure, or taking over the carpool lane with horse traffic. Jacqueline also welcomes casual horseback riders to participate in equine action through birthday parties and youth camps.
Essence Medical Spa is where Dr. Fagbohun and aesthetician Pamela Campion let their beautifying talents shine. Lasers remove hair, tighten skin, and tone complexions, while Botox and Juvederm injections release fine lines. Pamela also performs peels, including Obagi-brand and botanical peels, for chemical exfoliation and brightening. Botanical treatments include the pomegranate peel, the herbal deep sea peel, and the banana peel, which makes its wearer better at comic pratfalls.