At Leadership Fit, ISSA-certified personal trainer Eric Banks rules with an encouraging fist. During boot camp and personal-training sessions, he motivates exercisers through an assortment of football, weightlifting, and track and field drills. To complement the workouts, he also offers wellness coaching. In addition to providing a fitness plan, wellness coaching provides a meal plan that shows exercisers how many calories and grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrates they need to eat each day and how many they need to throw at the ice-cream man.
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.
Karen Mones's passion for fitness began at a young age, exercising to Jane Fonda videos with her mother. She went on to play softball, earn her bachelor's in exercise and sports science, and obtain six instructor certifications in everything from yoga to strength training. She founded Houston Adventure Boot Camp to share her knowledge and passion for fitness with as many people as possible.
She and her trainers create different regimens each day, taking advantage of the city's natural spaces and natural forces to enhance their workouts. They challenge gravity by having students lift their own bodyweight or free weights. Students plow through the heaviest friction the air can throw at them in sprints, and they hold up under constant pressure from the sun to nap in the middle of a field.
Chris Green's passion for basketball has led him from the courts of his high school to the major arenas where he played with the ABA West All-Star Team. Though he was bestowed with many awards and accomplishments throughout his career, Green realized that his life's calling was not with basketball, but with helping people improve their lives through fitness. Eager to use his athletic talents to make a difference, he graduated with a degree in kinesiology and became certified in personal training through the International Sports and Science Association.
Today, Green combines the athletic prowess he cultivated on the basketball court with a positive, yet intense style of training during six-week boot camp programs, personal training sessions, and motivational coaching sessions. Dedicated to propelling students towards their fitness goals—whether those goals include losing weight, toning muscle, or squeezing into child-sized giraffe costumes—he supplements training sessions with regular motivational videos. Green also conducts regular self-improvement seminars on nutrition and body image.
Tell us about your business.
Shaped Bodies Fitness offers outdoor boot-camp fitness classes. We specialize in full-body workouts at every session. We also take pride in the fact that each workout is unique. In the four years that we've been in business, we have yet to repeat a workout. Nor will we ever. This ensures that you're getting the best workout possible.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We motivate our clients with a simple message. It's your workout—own It. We understand that body types are different. With that said, we use our stop watch and encourage our campers to do as many reps within a specific time frame. As you continue to workout, your endurance level continues to increase. It's a journey and we are here to work with each and everyone one of our campers. We keep it fun, positive, and upbeat. No yelling; just motivation.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We have many clients that start our program with doubt. They doubt that they can actually stick with it. They doubt that they can do and complete the workouts. By week two ... those same campers that had doubt are kicking butts and taking names. They're excited and ready. Their attitudes change from "I might" into "I can, I will, and I did." That's their transformation. That's when they truly own it.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
I've always exercised over the years, while working in corporate America. Four years ago, life dealt me a funny hand. My corporate job transferred to Arizona. There's no way I could relocate, being the true Texan gal that I am. So I took the opportunity to think about what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life. I found I was happier while working out. So I took that passion, got my certification, and Shaped Bodies Fitness became my reality.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our campers are dedicated to getting fit and staying fit. We are here to guide them along the way. It's a journey, one that we are happy to take with our campers.
Equipment: Medicine balls, kettle bells, boxing gloves, hula hoops, jump ropes, speed ladders, giant tires
Students should bring: yoga mat, two hand weights, towel, water, gloves
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot