At Boot Camp With A Cause, classes don't just focus on the physical. Five key elements—mindset, nutrition, supplementation, strength training, and cardio conditioning—inform the programs at the workout haven. This holistic approach helps members adjust their perspective on health as they lose pounds and tone limbs to resemble their favorite Greek statues. The fitness organization also focuses on the community, regularly donating to local charities and holding occasional free Saturday boot camps in which students bring blankets, food, and clothing for those in need.
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.
Steve Orlando founded My Way Fitness 24/7 to help his local community to tone muscles and improve overall health through personal workouts, classes, and nutritional guidance. His team of trainers strolls through the 4,000-square-foot weight room and cardio area, granting new members their undivided attention during complimentary personal-training sessions that maximize fitness results without the use of dark magic. Inside newly completed classrooms with tall, plum-colored walls, certified instructors help patrons to sleeken silhouettes and clear busy minds with fun Zumba choreography or a variety of body-stretching poses during yoga.
Nutritional counselors teach patrons to decipher their body's dietary demands and implement safe and effective eating habits. Steve allows the doors to hang open 24 hours a day, and the facility's IHRSA membership affords members access to any other IHRSA gym⎯a benefit when trying to maintain fitness routines during vacations or long-distance fast-food runs.
At Gracie Tampa, instructors mainly emphasize clients’ safety, working to ensure that students can execute technically-sound chokeholds without actually inflicting harm. As far as disciplines are concerned, the MMA studio focuses on Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with a flexible curriculum that can accommodate competitive fighters and fitness buffs alike. The trainings take place in a state-of-the-art facility, complete with a full-size ring, heavy bags and speed bags, and a fight cage ideal for holding your opponent captive and avoiding a match altogether. Available in group class and open mat formats, these trainings are designed to build functional muscle as well as intangibles, such as discipline and perseverance.
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.
At CrossFit Manta Ray, students join a community of coaches and exercise aficionados all working towards the same goal: a stronger, healthier body. Coaches and co-owners Sebastian Albors and Chris Zamudio draw from a passion for fitness and loads of experience in their field to help trainees of all body types and levels. Through group training, nutritional guidance, one-on-one workouts, or Olympic weightlifting classes, participants strengthen their muscles and build up superhuman endurance. Unlike boring bouts on a treadmill or inside a giant hamster wheel, CrossFit regimens challenge minds and bodies with an ever-changing array of intense exercises, such as running, jumping, weightlifting, and rowing, all designed to deliver maximum results and prevent exercise plateaus.