Head Over Heels Fitness's owner, Julie, had a lifelong dream of being a dancer, but by the time she got around to taking lessons, the usual ballet, tap, and hip-hop techniques didn?t appeal to her anymore. She dove into pole-dancing fitness, and loved the adrenaline rush she got climbing and twirling around a pole. After a move left her without a nearby studio to practice in, Julie found herself missing the company of strong women during classes, so she opened her own studio. Now she spends her days teaching special pole classes that combine pole dancing, yoga, and other techniques to whip bodies into shape in a fun environment.
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 personal 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.
At Evolution Personal Training, Cody Stephens takes a multilevel approach to create custom fitness programs for each of his clients. Cody's training doctrine is based on a few key principles: First, he staggers exercises. Rather than the typical start-stop-start-stop approach to workouts, which yields slower results by making your body think it's stuck in traffic, Cody builds intensity throughout each session as clients move from one exercise to the next. Next, he packs in calorie-scorching movements by incrementally increasing exercise density, that is the amount of work each client can do in a given time. Cody's fitness plans rely heavily on resistance training, using free weights, ropes, medicine balls, and body weight movements to create toned, chiseled physiques. Finally, a focus on flexibility and mobility not only creates bodies that are fast and lithe, but maintains proper health by reducing muscle soreness. Cody recognizes that men and women frequently have different training goals and needs and is dedicated to designing a program that's unique to each of his clients.
Athletes of all backgrounds flock to SpeedWorks to boost their speed, strength, and stamina. Led by the award-winning Matt Merry, the facility arm trainees with universally applicable skills such as linear and multi-direction movement, injury prevention, and how to invent wacky plays that are just crazy enough to win the big game against the no-good meanies of East Side High.
SpeedWorks small group sessions, aimed at ages 7-18, focus on running, lifting, or a combination of the two, with exercises tailored based on the results of the participants’ initial athletic assessment. Alternatively, the center’s one- or two-day clinics cover topics that range from how to eat well to how to meet the speed requirements of a given sport. Similarly, the on-site adult fitness boot camp, aptly named Camp Gladiator, whips trainees into shape in a competitive yet camouflage-free environment.
After witnessing his father struggle with health problems, as well as fighting his own war with diabetes, trainer Jason Grantham has come to realize firsthand the importance of physical fitness. This understanding has blossomed into a full-time passion for helping others to train to their peak and achieve overall well-being. Grantham wields 12 years of personal-training experience and a motivating, failure-is-not-an-option attitude while leading intense 60-minute boot-camp sessions, which mix core-strengthening calisthenics with suspension-band workouts and other body-toning techniques.
When not bustling with the strength- and cardio-focused boot camps, Grantham's well-equipped facility houses Pilates and yoga classes as well as athletic training that equips athletes of all ages with game-enhancing conditioning.
The fun, active group classes at Drew LeBlanc's Elite Fitness boost health and vigor under the guidance of friendly, professional trainers. Cardio workouts, such as calorie-crushing dance-based Zumba, maximize heart and lung efficiency, while the brawn-boosting Bodypump class turns everyday muscles into washboards, six-packs, and other useful household items. Diligent exercisers can fight the battle of the bulge with a weight-loss boot camp or learn to protect their neighborhoods from gangs of delinquent punching bags with kickboxing lessons. The modern fitness center also houses private shower facilities for postworkout de-salting.