RAW Fitness co-owners John Jackson and Dani Guerrero understand the challenges of losing weight, as both had struggled with obesity. But through hard work and training, they lost the weight and got in shape, and they hope to help others do the same in a workout space that is a far cry from traditional. Their boot-camp classes forgo treadmills, machines, and mirrors in favor of high-intensity interval training and lifting and moving objects such as giant tires, enabling exercisers to serve on monster-truck-race pit crews.
At Rox Extreme Fitness, exercisers are part of the family. Fortunately, this family bonds through hauling mammoth truck tires and works out frustrations with speedy jump rope reps. This unorthodox approach to fitness--you won't find cushy locker rooms or flashy stair machines here--incorporates brawny gear including sledgehammers, bricks, and chains. It also pays serious dividends. The gym's six instructors see to that. Adhering to goal of 1% improvement from one session to the next, they help students buff up gradually no matter their fitness level or goals.
Motivated by peer power and the intense instruction of an expert trainer, students shape up with a series of high-impact routines. A mixture of running drills, plyometrics, strength training, and fitness games keeps the program from getting dull. Borrowing from the techniques of firemen, Valeo stresses the benefits of teamwork and group participation. Groups meet at the Lakewood Middle School, Thomas Stoll Park, or Barry Platte Park. View a schedule for upcoming programs here.
Aided by National Academy of Sports Medicine certifications in personal training and corrective exercise, LiveSet Fitness's Michael Kilkenny strives to inspire positive lifestyle changes through physical fitness. During his boot-camp classes, he leads high-intensity interval training, marrying cardio and kickboxing with strength and conditioning drills to create a comprehensive training program. When he needs to emphasize more customized fitness regimens, he also hosts one-on-one and group personal-training sessions, which give clients the chance to work toward personal goals or ask in private if burpees were named after a convenience-store beverage.
The team is led by Faithful Fitness KC’s director, David Oquendo, who has been training for six years, earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and working with clients aged 16–65 in the process. He and his team work out of their home base at Faithful Fitness—a full-service gym with advanced facilities that include 20 yards of track, lifting areas, and rowing machines. They lead sport-specific training and personalized programs, as well as classes that include boot camp, yoga, suspension training, and metabolic cardio training. The team aims to promote fat loss and leaner muscles while increasing metabolic rates and flexibility.
Crossroads Bootcamp’s seasoned instructors challenge students to exceed their fitness goals at 60-minute boot-camp-style workouts and CrossFit sessions. In addition to teaching participants how to stop time with an intense stare, boot-camp classes sculpt the entire body with intense cardio and the strength-building power of barbells, kettlebells, and medicine balls. Like interpretations of traffic laws, no two boot-camp workouts are identical, which keeps minds and muscles on their proverbial toes. CrossFit sessions team small groups of exercisers with an inspiring coach to practice strength-and-conditioning exercises that, though challenging, can be scaled to suit any fitness level. The intense workouts and disciplined mindset of CrossFit training makes it a popular choice among police, martial-arts trainers, and cops who specialize in capturing rogue martial artists.
Each Crossroads class unfurls in a 4,500-square-foot loft studio, which provides ample room for Herculean barbell lifts and spontaneous zeppelin crashes. Classes are scheduled seven days a week.
As its name implies, Welcome Mat Elite presents a friendly, supportive atmosphere for getting in shape and learning the martial arts. Fittingly, the training center lacks the machismo and vicious henchmen often found in globogyms and chain dojos. The coaches bring to the mat a wealth of championships, belts, and professional experience. On a mission to instruct—never to showboat—they help students build their bodies and minds with everything from the wholesome after-school education of kids' kodokan judo to the light weight work and circuit-training techniques of boxing strength training.
The academy's curriculum focuses on functional strength and useful self-defense strategies gained through shingitai jujitsu's three-fold regimen of mental and emotional maturity, technical skill, and physical fitness. Whether they're practicing throws and ground-fighting moves during friendly grappling contests or sweating and kicking during cardio boot-camp classes, students at Welcome Mat constantly challenge themselves to be better both in body and mind.