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.
If you ask a professional cheerleader how she got her toned physique, agile limbs, and powerful muscles, she might point you to Jay and Lin Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo are the brains behind Jay Johnson's Boot Camp Fitness—an exercise program designed to slim waistlines and pump up muscles of students of all abilities, from fitness newbies to professionals and prestigious clients such as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge.
Drawing from their extensive training in the US Army and years of fitness experience, the pair and a staff of elite trainers—including professional football players and mixed martial artists—lead boot-camp programs in the Dallas area. Within parks, fields, and parking lots, they conduct high-intensity workouts, keeping patrons engaged with constantly varied regimens, along with games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts. They focus on functional training throughout the sessions, challenging students to heave barbells, flip tractor tires, and lug fire hoses.
The trainers also offer a specialized cheerleading boot camp ideal for high-school teams training for upcoming seasons or assistant grocery managers seeking ways to motivate their teams of disillusioned bag boys.
Before Dr. Mary Anne Peck founded Eyecare and Eyewear in 1984, she earned her doctorate in optometry at the University of Houston College of Optometry and interned at Fort Carson Army Base. Her associate, Dr. Karen Allen, earned her doctorate at the University of Houston and traveled to Georgia for an internship at Fort Benning. After putting her skills to work at a large ophthalmology practice in Florida, she moved back to Dallas, where she practiced refractive and cataract surgery at a surgery center.
Together, Drs. Peck and Allen helm a staff of assistants and therapeutic opticians who stay on top of their ever-changing field by constantly studying and never shutting their eyelids. Their vision-improving services include prescriptions crafted with wave-front technology and retinal exams performed without dilation. In addition to contact lenses, they stock stylish frames by brands such as Gucci, Rayban, and Calvin Klein.
Dr. Michael Caparas and his associates at each of the seven Metroplex Dental Care locations perform services using advanced technology, such as digital x-rays that release up to 90% less radiation and intraoral cameras. The doctors recommend a "sensible oral-health regimen," which includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and oral-cancer screenings. They help to repair existing maladies with restorative procedures such as root-canal therapy, and makeover smiles with veneers and whitening treatments. For sound sleep, the doctors fit apnea appliances and snore guards, ensuring that patients will no longer wake family members or lure a herd of migrating kazoos into the bedroom. Whatever the service, the doctors put patients at ease with their soothing chairside manner and variety of sedation options.