Julie Johnston founded Boot Camp Las Vegas in 2005, when?after unsuccessfully trying to lose 60 pounds through a battery of exercise techniques?she considered enlisting in the military solely for the physical challenge and camaraderie. Upon reconsideration, she decided to reclaim some turf from the lazy birds in nearby parks and stage her own workouts to build the physical and mental toughness she knew she was capable of developing. Today, a team of instructors?all certified personal trainers who have completed 64 days of boot-camp training?preaches Johnston's program to exercisers of all fitness levels. To help monitor and maximize workouts, they stage weigh-ins, take measurements, perform physical-fitness tests, and dish out a nutrition packet to shed light on healthy eating.
As the sun starts to rise over the grassy fields and hiking trails of Paseo Vista Park, the Sin City Waist Trimmers morning class is already hard at work. Instructors' voices echo through the cool morning air, guiding and motivating students of all shapes and sizes through a diverse array of high-intensity exercises. Morning and after-work classes help exercisers roast calories on the running trail, slim midsections through core drills, and increase endurance while participants flip massive tires across an open field. The friendly trainers welcome students of all athletic abilities, never singling students out or barking commands like a drill sergeant trying to win respect from a pack of hounds.
Center for Israeli Martial Arts’ instructor, Tomer Steinberg, is a master of several styles of martial arts. A prodigy of Dennis Hanover, the founder of the Hisardut fighting style, Tomer has earned black belts in judo, karate, and jiu-jitsu, which he uses to teach students during classes for kids and adults. His adult classes adopt a hybrid style that blends techniques from forms such as Hisardut, jiu-jitsu, karate, and judo, focusing on developing physical skills and self-defense from armed assailants. Children’s classes also focus on self-defense and physical skill development, adding an emphasis on respect and discipline.