Despite the its military-inspired mantra of "No man or woman left behind," Mercer County Bootcamp's motivating instructors build camaraderie and accountability without screaming directions or forcing students to wear camouflage dunce caps. They help guests of all ages and abilities reach their fitness goals with an indoor boot-camp program that blends cardio, resistance training, obstacle courses, and ab workouts to slim down waistlines. The team also harnesses such equipment as kettlebells and battle ropes while leading ever-changing fitness routines on the gym's spring-loaded floor, which protects joints from damage. These instructors team up with nutrition experts to provide support during periodic progress assessments and nutrition counseling, helping guests achieve better results by following a comprehensive road map to improved health.
Dash for the Beads 5K is a race. And a walk. And a costume contest. And a family- and pet-friendly festival. Established in 2010, the annual gathering rolls a slew of events into one fun-filled day in an effort to raise money for Dash for the Beads?a non-profit that helps local schools promote healthy habits. The 5K route begins and ends at Kidd Springs Park, and weaves through the hills of East Kessler. But whether they walk, run, or somersault, participants are encouraged to dress themselves?and their pets?in costumes. It's a festive vibe that carries into a post-race party, complete with live music from The O's, food, and a beer garden sponsored by local breweries.
It's probably a good idea to stay on Lex Ronin's good side. The trainer, bodybuilding coach, and marathoner is also a hand-to-hand combat instructor, krav maga instructor, and certified Texas Tactical SWAT medic with a six-year Army career behind him. Lex is a meditation, pranayama (yoga breathing), and gentle-yoga instructor, too?all the more reason to remain in his good graces. Exercisers looking for guidance can find it at Ronin Fitness, where Lex offers personal-training sessions, group classes, beginners' marathon training, and nutritional counseling.