Julie Johnston founded Boot Camp Las Vegas in 2005, when—after unsuccessfully trying to lose 60 pounds through a battery of exercise techniques—she considered enlisting in the military solely for the physical challenge and camaraderie. Upon reconsideration, she decided to reclaim some turf from the lazy birds in nearby parks and stage her own workouts to build the physical and mental toughness she knew she was capable of developing. Today, a team of instructors—all certified personal trainers who have completed 64 days of boot-camp training—preaches Johnston's program to exercisers of all fitness levels. To help monitor and maximize workouts, they stage weigh-ins, take measurements, perform physical-fitness tests, and dish out a nutrition packet to shed light on healthy eating.
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At Bodysport Fitness Center, highly trained instructors motivate pupils of all athletic abilities during high-intensity group boot-camp classes designed by experienced personal trainers. During each coed session, a barrage of full-body workouts replaces lazy fitness routines and helps build lean yet strong physiques. Each trainer adapts his or her program to fit the personalities and abilities of the students, and changes the regimen routinely to confuse muscles, enraging them until they get strong enough to do something about it.
Exercisers feed off each other’s energy during the fun 45-to-60-minute sessions, cultivating a group bond and camaraderie based on mutual success and encouragement. The recently revamped program may incorporate elements of kettlebells, free weights, kickboxing, and even yoga alongside classic boot-camp musts, including calesthenics, plyometrics, core workouts, and primal screaming. During comfortable weather, students work away excess calories in scenic outdoor parks and move into the gym’s 8,400-square-foot facility in cases of extreme heat.
A distinguished citizen of the golf world as both a competitor and coach, PGA Pro Mike Davis draws from his decorated career to help fellow golfers on their path to straighter drives and lower scores. A full-time contender in the PGA Tour during the mid-1970s, Mike’s playing career included appearances in three US Opens and one PGA Championship, where the world’s finest golfers compete for trophy jackets made of the finest divots.
After his time as a competitive golfer, Mike made sizeable contributions to the coaching world by publishing instructional articles in numerous publications—including Golf Magazine—and conducting groundbreaking research about the use of video analysis in golf instruction. Today, the passionate pedagogue roams the training ground at Royal Links Golf Club, smoothing out swing imbalances with the help of technological refinements such as V1 video analysis technology, TOMI putting-analysis software, and cybernetic caddies sent from the future to destroy underperforming irons.
Vegas Stripper University’s pole professors hail from seasoned pole-dancing backgrounds, sharing their saucy techniques with fledgling shimmiers through classes and private parties. The instructors choreograph moves for dancers of all sizes, shapes, and experience levels, and the studios equip each student with her own pole, where she'll learn to perfect spins, inversions, and flag-pole-sitting strategies. Solo or group dancers can choose their session’s degree of difficulty, ranging from basic to advanced pole and lap dancing. Vegas Stripper University’s instructors also help gals fine-tune heel-clad moves in stiletto sessions and teach homebodies without in-house poles to perform a sassy dance using basic furniture. Private classes reserve studio space for added comfort, where participants may enjoy their own provided beverages. After completing their session, graduates receive a take-home diploma to prove their pole prowess to friends and open-minded shoe shiners.
Gone are the tire-flipping and endless pushups; gone are the shouts and intimidating stares. These tactics are customary at co-ed boot camps, but at Girlie Boot Camp, the certified team of all-women trainers takes a more upbeat and fun approach. They characterize themselves as tough cheerleaders—they're ultra supportive and can't be ignored—who motivate gals of all fitness levels through each 50-minute session without the threat of latrine duties.
Designed by a woman with the female form in mind, the exercises at Girlie Boot Camp target areas of the body that most-often concern ladies, such as the thighs, hips, and buttocks. Instead of focusing on adding upper-body bulk with pushups and heavy weight-lifting, the workouts emphasize toning the lower body through upright bike sessions, light jogging, and stretching. Sessions often call upon Pilates and aerobics, and also incorporate light weight-lifting to sculpt statuesque arms.
Jazzercise provides fun cardio-based fitness classes to a wide variety of students. The classes combine several different workout techniques to help the body burn calories, shed weight and break a sweat. By blending dance and aerobics, as well as strength training and Pilates to name a few, Jazzercise is able to create a 60-minute total body workout. The large studio has wooden floors and a large door that provides exceptional sunlight, while fitness balls, weights and bands help to fill the space. Motivational pictures are hung on the walls as well, getting students to push harder and not give up. Instructors demonstrate from a small platform stage, with a microphone and lead the way as the room is filled with music.