Glen, owner of Warrior Training Ground, has been studying the human body for more than 15 years. When he graduated from the University of North Texas in 1997 with a degree in kinesiology, he already possessed three personal-trainer certifications. Unsatisfied with his extensive expertise, Glen went on to acquire licenses as a master-level Resistance Training Specialist and muscle-activation-techniques specialist. During a conversation with a friend on a rifle range, he realized that he wanted to prepare people for the worst the world could throw at them, and—according to his resume—he already had the tools do so.
Warrior Training Ground was born out of this steely objective. Both basic training and combat-ready courses meet outside weekly, no matter the weather. Glen bombards his students with heavy-duty workouts that test the limits of strength, agility, and mental and physical endurance. Exercisers heft kettlebells and flip tires, with Glen constantly emphasizing proper form and properly enraged facial expressions. His training builds not only muscle, but self-confidence and “a combat ready iron resolve,” as he fondly puts it.
The certified master trainer at Core Group Fitness wants his clients to build strength they can use for more than just lifting heavier and heavier weights. Instead of working them with weight machines that build muscles in a single direction, he motivates students through TRX sessions, which use the body’s weight as the primary resistance. Students’ big main muscles hold them up while their smaller secondary muscles keep them from toppling over from lack of balance. This ballet of coordination builds solid, reliable strength that’s applicable in real world situations, which is why TRX has been used to train military and police personnel.
Although members are free to use any of the Precor, Life Fitness, and Hammer Strength fitness machines that permeate Academy Fitness's facility, they don't have to work out aimlessly. That's because the professional trainers meet one-on-one with clients to formulate a workout plan based on their personal strengths, weaknesses, and fitness goals. These consultations precede fitness classes, such as Zumba and boot camps, as well as personal-training regimens.
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.
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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." Her boot camps have since expanded to 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.