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.
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.
Travis Tooke's passion for mixed martial arts fueled his decorated competitive grappling and Brazilian-jujitsu careers, which instinctively led him to form Team Tooke Mixed Martial Arts and share his expertise with others. He proudly wears a Gracie Barra black belt and has been a Brazilian-jujitsu and submission-wrestling trainer for more than 12 years, during which he’s mentored renowned UFC fighter Yves Edwards. He and his team of instructors lead students in an array of mixed-martial-arts fitness classes, including kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and wrestling. They offer kids' classes, women's classes, and classes for combat buffs looking to break into the professional mixed-martial-arts world, which used to require locking your resume in a chokehold until it got you a job.
Some believe that you must leave home before you can truly find yourself. The teachers at Yoga House Houston didn't just leave their homes to find themselves—they left their native country, traveling across the globe to India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Jamaica to learn, practice, and master the ancient art of yoga. They impart the wisdom they've gleaned from their journeys within a building whose exterior resembles the clay walls of a Spanish mission. Atop dark hardwood floors, they lead students through Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, hot yoga, and spine-aligning Kemetic yoga, aiming to help yogis sculpt long, lean muscles, improve endurance, and calm fidgety spirit animals.
At Crossfit Urban Animal, certified coaches Drew and Jenna ready their charges for all kinds of physical challenges with the CrossFit system. The trainers can lead their clients through a series of functional-movement exercises that enhance all 10 fitness domains such as strength, stamina, balance, and agility. Drew and Jenna's daily workouts contain a mixed bag of exercises, including weightlifting, box jumping, and rope climbing. They cycle through exercises quickly to keep muscles from plateauing, and they change those exercises each day to keep participants from lethargy. While this sculpts all muscle groups, they also chose the system for its scalability. Even in group sessions, they can tailor workouts to each participant's skills and abilities. For those that work better one on one, they also offer personal training.
In Rich's ample dance space, swaddled in a swirling laser-light color palette, you and other students will repeat simple, effective exercise moves that allow you to get into a groove, with no complex choreography or frantic following of the instructor required. Freed from the conspicuously bright lights of the typical gym, you'll be able to slide into the unselfconscious half-dark of the club, sweating and dance-battling to the usual suspects of '80s, disco, and pop tunes spun together by a live DJ. Check here for an FAQ list, and be sure to bring a towel, comfortable workout gear, and a bottle of water. For an additional dry-mouth remedy, free Vitaminwater will be available for all participants.