Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled Sgt. H2O's Aquatic Boot Camp after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. Each aquatic session tests fitness practitioners of all ability levels with moves designed to maximize lung capacity, boost swimming speed, and tone the entire body. Water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of exercise, and the pool’s gentle gravity proves easy on the joints. Exercisers tackle tasks such as pool sprints, towel swims, treading water with weights, bending submarines over one’s knee, and group exercise drills, as well as aquatic conditioning kicks. In Dallas, Sgt. H2O's personal training programs entitle trainees to attend complimentary boot-camp classes if they complete three hours of personal training per week. An online depository of nutritional advice helps students keep their weight-loss or healthy-living efforts on track.
Oklahoma Fit's experienced personal trainers lead students through rigorous classes focused on burning calories, melting fat, and building community. Operating out of multiple locations, 90-minute boot-camp sessions host up to 25 fit-seekers indoors or 40 during outdoor sessions. Maintaining a sense of variety during both classes and personal training sessions, trainers employ a variety of strength-building equipment, such as car tires, punching bags, water jugs, free weights, and medicine balls, to help students achieve the body-changing results they desire. Outdoor workouts take place adjacent to the gym when weather permits for a workout fueled by fresh air, the rising or setting sun's warmth, and grass's supportive follicles. The instructors treat their students like family, giving each member attention and motivating students with boundless energy and inspirational messages hanging on the gym’s walls.
Endorphin addicts are welcome to a full-time membership without an initiation fee if they join directly after their Groupon. With an all-access pass to a full class schedule and all exercise components in the Just for Ladies facility, gentlewomen will glisten and gleam as they sculpt their upper and lower bodies using the Shapemaster toning system. These silently motorized toning tables use repetitive isokinetic motion to flatten abdominals, improve posture, and increase one's range of motion—working both sides of the body equally rather than just the one used to dangle perilously from cliffs. Otherwise, sweat it out on a variety of cardio machines, including stair climbers, stationary bikes, treadmills, yackety saxes, and ellipticals—all equipped with TVs to keep boredom at bay. To keep sweat donations social, Just for Ladies' expert instructors blast groups of bodies with classes in cardio training, yoga, and Zumba.
Since 1909, YMCA of Greater Tulsa has helped build strong families and even stronger bicep bulges—keeping families and individuals active with fitness formats that are much more fun than underwater boot camps or being hunted for sport by eccentric millionaires. Firm up your form and increase your energy level with unfettered access to pools, basketball courts, weight gyms, and thumb-wrestling arenas, all included with your membership.
Pure Barre's first-ever class was held in a basement with no clients, signs, or even a bathroom. Little more than a pipe dream beneath pipes, it nevertheless endured, thanks to the passion of founder Carrie Rezabek Dorr. Her drive, and the quality of the workout, led the business to grow to more than 130 locations worldwide, including the recently founded Tulsa location.
Megan, co-owner of the Tulsa branch, says she and a friend discovered the class in Dallas, then turned to the workout's DVDs for more. Soon they noticed their bodies changing while enjoying the workout's energetic music and decided they wanted to share the ballet-inspired exercises with their community.
After the first two weeks of being open, they knew they'd made a positive impact when a client popped in to say: "I have been working out with a personal trainer for over two months with little results, [yet] I have been taking Purre Barre for two weeks and have lost three inches and six pounds." With clients of all ages and fitness levels participating, Megan and her team hope they can help other clients reach their fitness goals, too.
After a 15-year professional fighting career, Thomas “Thunderkick” Longacre wanted to bring his unique knowledge and skills back home. Thomas created Thunderkick Fitness to help his clients build better bodies and to teach pupils his personal fighting style, a blend of tae kwon do and goju-ryu. Students learn a multidimensional approach to fighting, incorporating elements from boxing, wrestling, and kickboxing. The facility hosts cardio kickboxing classes for an up-tempo workout, as well as children’s karate classes that instill discipline and self-confidence. The gym also includes a grappling area with an octagon-style chainlink fence to simulate a professional fighting environment, as well as a forest of swaying heavy bags for students to punch, kick, and use their heat vision on. Thomas draws on his years of experience to provide insights about the mental aspects of the fight game, and he speaks to kids about bully prevention.
Instructors at Infinity Dance Academy work to promote excellent technique in all of their classes, including ballet, hip-hop, and jazz for beginners and advanced students. Additional classes include pointe, acrobatics, and modern dance.