The instructors of Zumbamyheart.com—Claudia, Jinger, and Miriam—identify more as party hosts than teachers. At each Zumba class, they run their guests through intuitive dance moves set to music, as everyone shimmies off excess calories. Their choreography doubles as a toning and cardio workout, and transforms exercise from a chore into a shared celebration for exercisers of all fitness levels.
Though it’s tucked inside a karate studio, Sacred Earth Yoga doesn’t condone fighting. Instead, the yoga studio works to keep costs and profits low by channeling funds toward the education of students and instructors rather than toward superficial frills and a fancier studio. Students are responsible for providing their own mats and receive hands-on, direct instruction in a variety of yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Hatha, and rigorous Power Vinyasa. Instructors lead newcomers through gentle classes that introduce students to the foundational moves before they graduate up to more athletic and fluid classes. Each instructor hails from an established yoga background, with many having studied under gurus in India and in the U.S.
After shedding the extra pounds that came along with hypothyroidism and three pregnancies, Melody Chandler founded Texas Fit Chicks Boot Camp to share her weight-loss strategies and support with other women. Her all-female staff of certified personal trainers helps exercisers of all fitness levels shape their bodies during group fitness classes. In an effort to challenge muscle memory, the team shakes up workout regimens by using different techniques and equipment—including kettlebells, resistance bands, and lead sweatpants—each day. Melody’s team also helps exercisers retain their results by supplying nutrition support with meal plans and recipes that use healthy ingredients.
The certified trainers of Fit 30 Boot Camp help clients lose up to 15 pounds in a month with fun, motivational, and challenging calisthenics classes held outdoors. Dedicated trainers help clients sculpt bendable bodies in workouts with calorie-burning buffets of push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, and wrestling matches against alligators. At some of the participating locations, Fit 30 Boot Camp's nutritionists conduct private consultations, during which they craft a weekly menu based on the dietary needs and eating patterns of each client.
Raven Aultman's personal fitness journey started at 253 pounds. Four years later and more than 100 pounds lighter, she's dedicated herself to helping others to reach their weight-loss goals with multifaceted boot camps and sound nutritional guidance. Knowing firsthand what it takes to sculpt a healthy body, Raven is able to tailor her workouts to help clients to effectively slim down without the use of steamrollers and falling grand pianos. She draws from sports drills and resistance training to help groups to collectively trim and tone and customizes individual regimens for one-on-one personal-training sessions.