Randy Brown was overweight and felt uncomfortable with his body. When a friend encouraged him to try boot camp, he reluctantly joined. Through hard work and with support from his instructor, he transformed his body and felt better than ever before. Today, Randy is a certified personal trainer and wants to help others do what his instructor helped him to do years ago: get in shape, gain confidence, and whistle Beethoven's Symphony no. 9. Through the years, he has grown Brown's Boot Camp from one class of 25 students to 14 different camps, and some of his students have gone on to become personal trainers themselves, which speaks to the success of his workout regimen and the camp's communal atmosphere. Randy's program focuses on improving total fitness, which not only includes strength, cardio, and flexibility but also nutritional counseling.
Master of acupuncture and oriental medicine Stephen Wolf operates under the premise that illness represents an imbalance in the body, and he attempts to correct those imbalances with holistic treatments culled from ancient Asia. Combining acupuncture with herbal medicine and Chinese bodywork, Stephen tunes the body by attempting to harmonize the internal energy traditionally known as chi. By freeing up the body’s flow of chi and preventing pro wrestlers from entering the office and shouting, Stephen helps patients overcome a range of emotional and physical ailments.
Kate Campos used to be a middle-school teacher before going on to earn a masters in acupuncture from the Asian Institute of Medical Studies. Even though she changed careers, she still loves working with kids, especially when introducing them and their parents to the benefits of acupuncture. Campos champions the benefits of adult acupuncture. After going over their medical histories, she works with clients to address various complaints, such a nausea, allergies, or pain, then with a gentle touch, she uses thin, sterile needles to address specific issues.
Tragedy struck PerFit Pilates' owner on New Year's Day 2008. Heart attacks claimed the lives of two loved ones. Two weeks later, she set out to shed the extra 50 pounds she'd been carrying around by enrolling in a personal training program. After a few years in the business, the personal trainer discovered Pilates, and PerFit Pilates was born. At the studio, she teaches almost exclusively reformer Pilates classes, but adds chair work to some classes, all in an effort to help folks bulwark themselves against the pitfalls of ill health.
The trainers at Bodyzen Boot Camps know many workout environments can be intimidating. That's why their outdoor boot-camp sessions are brief, entertaining, and adaptable, featuring exercises with three stages of intensity to suit different strength levels. The 30- to 45-minute classes include kettlebell swings, cardio drills, and bodyweight moves designed to torch fat from physiques of all builds. During the camp's vigorous intervals, instructors patrol their troops with a personal trainer's eye and tailored advice. They continue the trend of individualized treatment after class, when they open the floor for questions and six-pack show-and-tell.
Though they devote much of their energy to fast-paced routines, staff members also highlight the value of proper nutrition. Each camper receives a nutritional manual and a six-week meal plan to guide eating escapades, and optional body-composition analyses keep them up-to-date with their own progress.
When discussing the teaching philosophy at Tucson Pole Fitness, founder Jessica McCain explained to reporters of Tucson Weekly, “Our goal is not just to teach you fancy tricks. Our goal is to help you lose weight and get fit. Along the way, you learn new things.” Among them, fancy new tricks. Jessica and her staff of fellow instructors conduct a variety of fat-blasting, fitness-infused pole-dancing classes on the towering gold poles of their private studio, interspersing routines of spins, tricks, and climbs with high-intensity strength and conditioning exercises. Other classes focus more on the pure artistry of the form, creating routines and honing technique. In addition to Tucson Pole Fitness’s bread and butter, the instructors lead lap-dancing sessions and striptease workshops, ideal for injecting a little spice into relationships or seducing your favorite football team’s mascot.