Former U.S. Marines and certified personal trainers combine skills and knowledge to sculpt clients' bodies at Downtown Fitness. They produce a cocktail of exercises for group settings such as cross-training classes and boot camps. Alternatively, they tailor the selection more specifically to client's goals in one-on-one personal training sessions, in which they also lend motivations and advice.
Elite certified personal trainer and Glory Fitness founder Christopher M. Boykins wants his clients to achieve their fitness goals, whether the goal is weight loss or athletic competition. Boykins and his staff of experienced trainers offer personal training, nutrition counseling, and small group-fitness and boot-camp classes at three Glory Fitness locations, helping clients get fit in a relaxed setting.
Certified personal trainer Ryan Monceaux and the staff at Houston Trainers believe in pushing students to their limits to get the best results. In addition to small group training, Houston Trainers also offer semiprivate sessions, and boot-camp classes.
Years before he became the avid runner, swimmer, and certified fitness trainer he is today, Jared Harrison was a chubby kid. It was only after taking up sports in high school that he began to whip into shape. When he resolved to start his own fitness business during college, he eventually lost a total of 80 pounds. His hard work has paid off—not only is he a svelte and muscular titan of an athlete, he now owns and operates his own fitness program, Hit Fit.
Amid the professional equipment and private studios of the local One 2 One Training Center, he and his staff of fellow trainers lead one-on-one and small-group training sessions, as well as nutritional counseling sessions. They take their fitness sessions outside to local parks, challenging students with their boot-camp program's high-energy exercise routines. Covering both fitness and nutrition, the program is designed to help patrons lead overall healthier lifestyles and fit back into their high-school hot-dog costume.
At FIT Athletic Club, the sounds of clattering weights, whirring treadmills, and friendly chatter fill the gym from dusk to dawn. These energetic sounds play out over state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment and high-end amenities such as a steam room and sauna. Members who tire of going it alone enjoy unlimited access to more than 300 group classes each month. After a tough workout, FIT Athletic Bar's smoothie selection gives exercisers a nutritious way to refuel, and the bar’s free WiFi lets them check email, update social networks, or Google the best ways to snag the available treadmill for a date Saturday night.
Begin your fitness regimen with a consultation with a certified nutritionist to determine your body fat percentage, as well as health concerns, current lifestyle, and fitness goals. The five private training sessions ($50 apiece) can be set up with any of the seven certified personal trainers to fit around your schedule. Each session is individualized to your fitness goals, challenging you with different exercises to tone muscle, burn blubber, and waste away waistlines. This deal also includes a one-month membership to Weight Control by Shaun Eckhardt's private training facilities ($150), located in the River Oaks Shopping Center. The facility is open from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with reduced hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Call ahead to schedule training sessions.
24 Hour Fitness keeps its doors open day and night so members can sculpt bodies and fitness goals on their own time with a potpourri of group classes, cardio equipment, free weights, athletic courts, and an indoor-lap pool. Armed with a 30-day membership to the recently opened Houston Rice Village Club, gym-goers kick off fresh workout routines with a complimentary fitness orientation filled with advice from personal trainers on health goals, how to use equipment, and how to interpret nightmares of being chased by dumbbells. Add fresh layers of physicality with TRX suspension-training equipment before playing a round in the racquetball court or letting sneakers squeak out healthful sonnets on the practice basketball court. Members can sign up for an array of group fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills workouts ranging from martial-arts-inspired body combat to RPM, which pairs thumping beats with a stationary bike ride through imaginary mountains and ethereal monsoons. Cap off workouts by ducking into the sauna or taking one final lap in the whirlpool.