Dexter Tenison knows how to lose weight. Weighing nearly 300 pounds after college, Tenison decided it was time to make a change. Throwing himself into martial arts and personal training, he discovered a healthier lifestyle that he realized was inspiring others to reach their own goals. With that, he decided to open Memphis Adventure Boot Camp. Voted Best Health Club by Memphis Most in 2011 and 2103, Tenison’s all-female boot camps combine the group vibe he found in his martial-arts classes with the personal attention and drastic results from personal training. Camps span several weeks at a time, aiming to whip frames into shape with ever-changing fitness regimes that spice up traditional exercise, such as jogging and resistance training, with fresh add-ins, including obstacle courses, lunging, and building body bridges across quicksand. To cater to all conditioning levels, every workout is easily modifiable, and no participants will ever be pushed to overexert themselves.
The Art House at the MJCC is a sanctuary for creative expression, providing space and materials for budding artists to practice their craft. During a one-hour open studio session, visiting crafters can pluck beads, buttons, feathers, and other materials from rows of supply bins, or experiment with paint, markers, and other mind-matter transference devices. Families can attend and work together to craft a collaborative sculpture, a group self-portrait, or a wax figurine of Donald Trump made from melted crayons. Over the course of 10 sessions, handmade masterworks can be polished, finished, and brought home to accumulate on previously bare walls and empty mantels.
Becca Marino fought an eating disorder for 13 years before enlisting in a six-month recovery program. During this time, mentors surrounded and supported her. Thanks to their encouragement, she broke free of the eating disorder and nourished a desire to help others do the same. Marino marched off to earn a bachelor's in health, fitness, and recreational resources, specializing in exercise science. Then, she racked up personal training certifications to start her career in fitness. But even as she went to work in gyms, wellness centers, and other fitness facilities, she felt as if she couldn't help people the way she wanted to.
In 2009, she broke down the barriers that kept her from inspiring others and opened Fitness Inspiration!. She and her team promote mindsets and beliefs that facilitate external action. This positive approach to physical and mental transformation manifests itself in every workout, from personal and small-group training sessions to group classes and boot camps. Teachers also host wellness workshops and outreach events that nourish self-worth and awaken a desire for participants to treat their bodies like temples or shrines to JTT.
Becca's powerful positive methodologies won her a 2012 Natural Memphis award for Best Personal Trainer, and her Best Me! boot-camp program was awarded the title of Best Natural Body Care Program.
Personal trainer and NBS Fitness founder David Allen operates under the philosophy that fitness is not merely an exercise regimen but a mindset, a lifelong pursuit of self-improvement. NBS Fitness seeks to instill a hard-working ethos in its clients—regardless of age, weight, or abilities—through personal and group fitness training sessions. The facilities outfit visitors with equipment such as dumbbells, tires weighing up to 1,000 pounds, and bars.