Chris was in terrible health. At 51 years old, he was battling two issues familiar to many Americans—high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So, he started attending Dallas Fitness Boot Camps. In time, he lost 40 pounds and 18% of his body fat, which enabled him to get his cholesterol down to normal levels and finally ditch his blood-pressure medications.
Though the classes completely changed his life, Chris didn’t have to make an exorbitant commitment—coach Ron Routhier asks students to attend just three 30-45-minute workouts each week. That’s all the time it takes for Ron’s masterful approach to emerge. The former infantryman spent years as the trainer in charge of soldiers that had met or exceeded the Army’s physical fitness standards. That discipline shows through now; in fact, another of his students boasts that Ron’s training got her in better shape than she was while in the Army Reserves. That’s not to say that students are expected to arrive in tip-top shape—Ron’s routines can be modified for all fitness levels, and his plans include nutritional guidance that helps people supplement their exercise with custom diet plans.
Psycho Gym founders Travis Williams and Russ Kimzey challenge the fitness status quo by trading in slick machines and the lackadaisical attitude that comes with them for strenuous workouts that yield results. The gym’s group workouts build strength in a motivational, no-frills setting, as like-minded exercisers put their weight behind kettlebells, sandbags, suspension trainers, and battling ropes. For one-on-one attention, the gym staff organizes personal-training sessions, which mix workouts with nutrition advice, as well as athlete-specific programs for marathon runners in training or underwater-kickball players looking for a new sport.
Eric Wrona, owner of CrossFit Templum, has been working in the fitness industry for more than 15 years, assisting clients ranging in age from 8 to 92. Along the way, he has received degrees in exercise physiology and kinesiology and even competed as a natural body builder, winning the Austin Shredder competition in 2006.
But all of his training aside, he believes that CrossFit is effective thanks to the sense of camaraderie it builds among participants, who encourage one another to keep going through the vigorous Workouts of the Day. At CrossFit Templum, he and a team of certified CrossFit instructors share their knowledge and motivate clients to lead overall healthier lifestyles during their ever-changing assortment of exercises. The routines?a combination of endurance, strength, and core training?are designed to yield functional fitness for day-to-day activities such as climbing stairs, lifting heavy grocery bag, and lifting cars into tight parking spaces.
Jasmine Lamey is the woman at the center of F2 Studio. A personal trainer and fitness consultant, Jasmine guides her clients toward healthier lifestyles. She can train exercisers during private sessions, perhaps also recommending nutritional supplements. In addition, she leads group classes, such as Zumba Fitness and kickboxing. F2 Studio complements this fitness training with on-site KidzCare, in which caring staffers watch kids and supply them with ample snacks.
Former professional football player LaDairis Jackson has turned his sports experience into a personal training mission. Believing that a good attitude and a willingness to work hard are vital factors in his clients’ journey to better fitness, he offers intense one-on-one sessions, group boot-camp classes, nutritional counseling, and sports-specific training to everyone from gym beginners to athletes. LaDairis’s friendly motivation and encouragement have helped many of his clients lose weight and build lean muscle.
Before beginning, lead instructor Ro develops a program best suited to her client?s body, then she takes a ?before? picture and the training begins. At the end of that training where participants pump iron, sprint, and do pushups, she takes an ?after? picture to show her students just how far they?ve come. Since her workout incorporates a mix of exercises that work all muscle groups, it trims, tones, and incinerates calories, leaving behind healthier, slimmer bodies.