Diana Roehl's foray into yoga began unexpectedly, as part of a corporate fitness class back in 1993. Since then, Diana has racked up hundreds of teaching hours on the yoga mat. The ancient practice has made a big impact in Diana's life, and she wants to help others improve their own quality of life. Along with a staff of qualified instructors, she preaches the healing, strength-boosting powers of yoga during classes offered seven days a week. These sessions include hot yoga, intense power yoga, and relaxing restorative yoga.
Percy Bass has a diverse background well suited to personal training. He started by obtaining a degree in human-resource management at Texas A&M University–Commerce, where he learned to work with all types of people. He then examined food and its relationship to the body, ultimately getting a second degree in dietetics. Finally, when Mr. Bass earned his personal-training certification, he was ready to open his own business. At H2T Fitness & Nutrition, Mr. Bass puts his expertise to use with personal-training sessions, group fitness classes, and nutrition counseling.
Former NFL player and certified personal trainer Michael Booker wants to help his clients get into the best shape of their lives. As a highly motivating trainer, Booker leads one-on-one sessions, boot camp classes, athletic training, and kids’ fitness sessions for anyone looking to lose weight or gain enough strength to finally break apart a cinderblock with a single, smoldering stare. Clients at I.T.Fitness learn quickly that Michael is serious about fitness—working hard and having a good attitude are key at his indoor training facility, and nutritional counseling is valued just as much.
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.
If you ask a professional cheerleader how she got her toned physique, agile limbs, and powerful muscles, she might point you to Jay and Lin Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo are the brains behind Jay Johnson's Boot Camp Fitness?an exercise program designed to slim waistlines and pump up muscles of students of all abilities, from fitness newbies to professionals and prestigious clients such as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge.
Drawing from their extensive training in the US Army and years of fitness experience, the pair and a staff of elite trainers?including professional football players and mixed martial artists?lead boot-camp programs in the Dallas area. Within parks, fields, and parking lots, they conduct high-intensity workouts, keeping patrons engaged with constantly varied regimens, along with games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts. They focus on functional training throughout the sessions, challenging students to heave barbells, flip tractor tires, and lug fire hoses.
The trainers also offer a specialized cheerleading boot camp ideal for high-school teams training for upcoming seasons or assistant grocery managers seeking ways to motivate their teams of disillusioned bag boys.
The leading ladies at The Girls Room, who believe that every woman has the right to be pretty, sexy, and strong, help their students build both physical and mental strength during fitness classes that combine alluring dance moves and hardcore workouts. They put their love of burlesque to use in pole-dancing classes and barre-based Barre-lesque sessions. The team also helms tamer, less sensual fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba. The girls' online shop stocks virtual shelves with accessories such as Mighty Grip gloves, which allow wearers to perform gravity-defying pole-dance moves or safely carry out celebratory cartwheels in bowling alleys. Their bachelorette parties eschew the concept of traditional bridal get-togethers for more unconventional gatherings, teaching brides-to-be and their entourage signature pole dances, lap dances, or burlesque techniques.