Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson?s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.
Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010?2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
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.
Husband and wife Rhabby and Corrie both pursued fitness throughout their lives, studying martial arts, practicing yoga, and toning their cores with Pilates. But when they first heard of Zumba, Rhabby dismissed it as overhyped. Tatiana, however, had always wanted to learn the Latin dances, and eventually she convinced her husband to be her class partner. To their surprise, they found the first five minutes of class so intense they weren?t sure they could finish. But finish they did, and they loved it so much they even went on to become instructors. Eventually, Rhabby, Corrie, and Tatiana founded Tropa Z Fitness to share their exercise passion with others.
The three owners ? along with their other skilled teachers ? now shake hips five days a week in their Zumba classes. Rhabby reports that in addition to burning calories, Zumba?s ample hip movements have improved his martial arts, giving him increased flexibility and stronger kicks. The instructors also teach youth classes, helping kids express themselves through hip-hop dance moves, rather than by throwing rotten tomatoes.
Dance fitness is already fun, but for her own classes, Amy Ell at Vault Houston sets her sights a bit higher. Literally. Aerial dance classes can help students get in shape and try something they might not have even considered before, all while having a blast. In aerial fabric, beginners can get a feel for the swaths of cloth aerial dancers use to suspend themselves, and build their upper body and core strength as they practice climbs, locks, and tricks. In Air-Tone, Amy combines Pilates, yoga, and aerial hammock exercises for a conditioning workout like no other, while in trapeze classes students learn to fly with the greatest of ease. And in aerial hoop, students learn to navigate a suspended metal hoop while building upper-body strength and preparing for next season's gigantic-earring trend. In every class, teachers spot and offer modifications to students while stressing strength-training and flexibility to ensure each maneuver is as safe as possible.
John "Jack" Walston spent almost a decade as a US Navy SEAL, and even when he left the military, he didn't leave behind military workouts. Instead, in 1997, he started Original SEAL PT Course, bringing the training techniques he'd learned in the army to the public?and the fitness enterprise is still thriving 15 years later.
Walston and his team specialize in military-style boot camp workouts, which they run in Memorial Park five mornings per week. The 90-minute sweat sessions start at 5 a.m., and rotate daily; some focus on building endurance, while others tone the upper body with moves such as push-ups and extra-long waves. The coaches host workouts in more relaxed styles, too?some, like the JackFit BaseCamp, cater to people who already work out rigorously, while P.E. in the Park consists of a casual, yelling-free hour of calisthenics, open to all levels.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.