A pop-art mural on the back wall features musclebound bodies, exploding logos, and a bit of the starry cosmos. It's all the frivolity that the coaches at Battleground Training allow themselves. The rest of the facility remains unadorned cinder block and cement, a Spartan setting broken up only by the workout equipment that dots the gargantuan space. Heavy punching bags dangle in the middle of the room, and resistance bands sprout from the walls. Tractor tires and free weights occupy some of the floor, but the venue leaves plenty of space for the most important aspect of the training: room to move. The trainers take on past, present, and future athletes, helping them hone their bodies through boxing drills, lifts, and attempts to dodge echoes.
At Born Strong Boot Camp, there are no stern, drill-sergeant-like instructors blowing whistles in members' faces or shouting at them. Instead, this workout haven cultivates an encouraging environment with instructors who challenge participants instead of belittling them. The sessions are tailored to each student's abilities, and they include cardio exercises along with high-intensity interval training. This includes weightlifting and resistance moves that build muscles, torch calories, and shape physiques into works of art that move and breathe, just like Michelangelo's David does when nobody's looking.
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.
Professional boxer. Walking inspiration. Mustache grower. John Soderman has worn many hats in his career, all of which play a role in his current capacity as a personal trainer. A certified strength and conditioning specialist, Soderman boasts more than 20 years in the training game, and he has worked with everyone from high-level athletes to devoted laypeople.
Get A Grip Total Fitness’s certified personal trainer, Carrie Kukuda, pulls from her own weight-loss and exercise trials when coaching her students through kettlebell, boot-camp, or personal-training sessions. Her 45- to 60-minute boot-camp classes motivate exercisers through kettlebell training, TRX resistance work, running, and yoga moves to tone muscles and jump-start heart rates. In addition to exercise, nutrition guidance leads patrons in slimming down with heart-healthy and energizing meals that eschew bacon-wrapped donuts stuffed in bacon-wrapped donuts. Throughout all programs, Carrie inspires participants to soldier on with endless positive motivation and fitness tips for all types of students.
At MOHO FIT‘s private training studio, you can spot homemakers and professional athletes alike undergoing the high-intensity exercises in boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions. Coaches guide clients of all abilities toward weight loss, improved muscle tone, and overall health through creative, high-intensity routines that may rely on free weights, plyometrics, and endurance exercises. They also stress the importance of proper nutrition, supplying students with recipes and meal plans that favor natural proteins over tasteless health foods such as rice cakes and low-fat air.