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.
When Kristen Horler had her first child, she, like many new mothers, found that the time demands of parenting made it difficult to exercise. The only workout options open to her were to hire an expensive personal trainer or call a babysitter each time she wanted to go to the gym. Luckily, Horler wasn't just a mom—she was also a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and triathlete. She soon devised Baby boot camp, a stroller-fitness program that lets new moms and mothers to be engage in challenging workouts while interacting with their babies. StrollFit, the camp's most popular class, leads women through cardio drills, strength training, and gentle stretching routines, ending it all with an intense ab workout designed to whittle down baby weight and redefine the meaning of "tummy time." They also host Strollga, a yoga-inspired fitness class that uses strollers as props, and even lead an eight-week 5K training program.
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.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.