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.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.
Equipment: Hoses, battling ropes, tires, medicine balls, jump boxes, sledgehammers, etc.
Students should bring: Bottle of water and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: This go-at-your-own-pace class is designed to cater to both beginners as well as advanced athletes.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our workouts are a progression in fitness. The workouts are challenging but at the clients own pace so as not to discourage a beginner.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Yes, music definitely sets the mood for a great workout. We look for music that has at least 130 to 150 beats per minute.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
You Want Results, Then Train Like It.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may chisel, strengthen, and balloon muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of a trained instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history, medical background, and goals of completing an underwater bicycle race. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and others promote salubrious bodies with full-body circuit workouts designed to give each and every lackadaisical muscle a Popeye-like infusion of metaphorical spinach.
In a 2,400 square foot, bare-bones gym affectionately known as The Box, CrossFit coaches inspire fitness enthusiasts and beginners alike, helping to shed weight and tone muscles. They use a daily workout that focuses on constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements, designed to get even the laziest muscle group working while changing the routine each session to avoid the boredom of repetition. One session could feature air squats and sprints, while the next could be filled with tossing medicine balls, swinging from gymnastics rings, jumping on an off plyometric boxes, and exhaling forcefully enough to levitate off the ground.
Amen Yoga wants to help busy people reconnect their minds, bodies, and spirits with ancient and traditional forms of yoga. At this yoga center, certified instructors teach classes in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Kundalini yoga. Beginners and seasoned yoga hands alike are welcomed in each class, and the overarching vibe in the studio is one of warmth, welcome, and grace. In the sunlit studio, students gain strength and flexibility as sessions work to connect breath with movement, lengthen stiff limbs, and become mascots for pretzel companies or other starchy products that bend.