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Thomas Volmer credits his wife, Rachel, for inspiring them to start helming boot camps. She wasn’t always a fitness guru, though. "She was a commercial banker and she was 70 pounds overweight," Volmer recalls. Once she started to reclaim her life, "she just fell in love with fitness," he says. She eventually dropped 80 pounds with proper exercise and nutrition, spurring her to earn her AFAA personal training certification and pursue a career as a full-time trainer.

Personal experience lends Rachel and the other trainers—including Sharon Monk, who lost more than 200 pounds by exercising and eating healthily—empathy and a motivating demeanor when working with campers. At each location, they get groups doing pushups, swinging kettlebells, and flipping tires in a positive environment that's focused on teamwork, rather than competition. "You start as a group, you finish as a group," says Thomas. "But the activities that you do in between might be different based on your abilities."

In addition to leading sessions, Rachel creates easy-to-use online meal plans (including a vegetarian plan), which campers can customize to help them stay on track. Options range from the simple, such as cereal with fruits, nuts, and flaxseeds, to the creative, including honey-sweetened oatmeal peanut-butter cookies. She also includes the calorie count for each recipe. Users can pick from simple meals made for one person or larger entrees designed with an entire family or pet elephant in mind.

The Firewheel Town Center
Garland,
Texas
US

ASI Gymnastics helps children of all ages develop a lifelong passion for athletic activity through the practice of gymnastics. In addition to improving strength, endurance, balance, and coordination for children 12 months to 18 years old, the instructors use gymnastics training to bolster confidence and encourage mental growth alongside physical development. Age-appropriate programs begin by introducing fundamental techniques before moving on to more demanding skills, such as handstands, standing back handsprings, and cartwheeling through laser security systems. ASI Gymnastics also caters to varying levels of interest by providing competitive team training as well as casual birthday parties complete with trampolines and games.

5002 N President George Bush Hwy.
Garland,
TX
US

Koko FitClub’s digital keys unlock personalized cardio- and strength-training regimens tailored to each guest’s abilities and goals. Each user receives a small, USB-like device that stores personal fitness data, which is extracted during an initial fitness consultation. During each workout, guests plug their keys into the host of strength-training and cardio equipment. Based on the key’s data, the machines display the user’s ideal cardio intensity and resistance level or number of reps for each session—and even rate how they’re performing. The system adapts routines as members work toward their goals or gain +5 strength from an enchanted amulet, offering them the intelligence of a personal trainer without the costly fees or hassle of matching schedules. Online tracking further digitizes training, allowing users to see their progress on their home computers, in the very same browser where they’ll soon order smaller clown suits.

4280 Lavon Drive
Garland,
TX
US

At Mackey Attack Fitness, the trainers inspire their clients to fight back against anything preventing from becoming a fitter and healthier version of themselves. They help clients meet their fitness goals with a combination of nutritional education, high-intensity boot-camp-style workouts, and positive encouragement. But you don't have to be a body builder to get fit at Mackey Attack Fitness, as the trainers welcome clients of all ages and fitness levels. Their boot-camp classes accommodate everyone, focusing more on making overall healthy lifestyle changes. They also offer programs for seniors and children and one-on-one personal-training sessions for those looking for an extra push into fitdom.

550 West Oates Road
Garland,
TX
US

Equipment: Kicking targets, shields, heavy bags, free weights, cardio, and circuit equipment

Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, and comfortable workout attire. Shoes are optional.

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2014

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Participants need to be ready for a fun-high energy workout environment.

2376 Lavon Drive
Garland,
TX
US

The painful experience of watching his father endure several heart attacks, and eventually a heart transplant, left its mark on John Latham, but the effect wasn?t entirely negative. His father?s struggles convinced John, at the young age of 12, that fitness and nutrition are the route to a long, healthy life. Since then, he?s trained more than 40,000 clients. He complements personal training with nutritional consultations to boost weight loss, and he also leads group fitness classes.

2918 Branch Oaks Drive
Garland,
TX
US