Firefighter, paramedic, and certified personal trainer Kamil Escobar has been helping his clients achieve their fitness goals for more than 14 years. His energetic outdoor boot camps incorporate calisthenics, muay thai, cardio, and strength training, and he strives to make each class challenging as well as interesting, with new activities each time. All his students need to bring are a mat and a bottle of water?he brings an entire gym's worth of equipment to the camps' park setting, arming classes with kettle bells, barbells, dumbbells, and other gear. To keep students motivated, Escobar utilizes the six years of experience that he has working with kids in the fitness field. He mixes up his fitness regimens with exciting games, such as dodgeball, kickball, and tug-of-war.
A gym designed exclusively for women, Lady of America offers its members accoutrements that coed gyms can’t. For starters, all of the weight-training equipment is sized for females and equipped with 5-pound weight increments, allowing for more useful adjustments than the typical machinery. Beyond the weight room, the open gym offers plenty of cardio machines, including treadmills, bikes, and elliptical trainers. In order to personalize workouts even further, members can also meet with one of the club's trained and certified personal trainers, or talk food with the onsite dietitian. When solo training starts to get lonely, the gym’s group fitness classes challenge muscles while building camaraderie during sessions such as Butt Lift, Step It Up, and Zumba. While members sweat, their children can play at the onsite daycare center— for an additional fee— stocked with plenty of toys and miniature Stairmasters.
At Magic City CrossFit, athletes forge stronger bodies by flipping tires and snapping kettlebells into the air. Classes use CrossFit’s philosophy of varied, interval workouts to build dynamic core strength through sessions that can be scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant. The gym also offers boot-camp classes for a more streamlined, weightlifting-free workout, as well as yoga sessions to build valuable flexibility.
The trainers at Beach Bunny Bodies slim down their students with one-hour boot-camp sessions and nutritional advice. Their sample diet plan suggests that women eat wholesome, small meals that maximize protein intake and minimize play-doh consumption. Exemplary eats include hard-boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt, and fruit kebabs. Their classes accommodate women of all ages and sizes, who spend 60 minutes performing circuit workouts, functional training, mat exercises, and short-distance running, among other challenges. Instructors make motivation the centerpiece of their campaign to improve the health of their students. Over the course of about six weeks, participants may see tangible results as dramatic as a reduction of two dress sizes or one performance of Hamlet in which Hamlet wears not one but two dresses.
Jeozette Latorre didn’t stop after earning her ISSA personal training certification. The dedicated owner of F4 Boot Camp went on to claim certifications in the TRX Suspension Trainer, as well as in TacFit—the official training program for federal law enforcers, US Marshalls, and the US Army. Yet, Jeozette doesn’t expect her boot camp clients to take down criminals or arm wrestle the mayor. Rather, she has one simple goal for her students: to live a more fulfilled life.
F4's indoor and outdoor women’s boot camp classes have played a part in numerous success stories, ranging from weight loss to nixing the need for blood-pressure medication. Classes, which convene four days a week, incorporate TacFit-inspired calisthenics and body-weight exercises into an intense 45-minute workout designed to not only torch calories, but also boost moods. “We’re trying to introduce TacFit to women so they can be more physically and psychologically prepared to handle stress,” says Jeozette.
Whether they're toting around excess fat or carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, Jeozette's students can become physically and figuratively stronger during the camp's constantly changing workouts, supplemented by customized meal plans that outline what to eat along with how to chew and swallow.
Students should bring: Water, towel or exercise mat, 5-pound weights if desired for toning
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We encourage clients to think positive, exercise daily, eat healthy, dance more, and be happy.