At locations throughout the world, Fit Body Bootcamp's instructors share a common goal: to guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals through regimented training programs. At the Colorado Springs Location, head trainer Nathan Cragg combines the techniques he gained from 12 years of army training with Fit Body Bootcamp's tried-and-true fitness strategies. He and his team of trainers lead group classes that integrate cardio with resistance training, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. He designs workouts to be time efficient and varied, avoiding workout plateaus that may leave clients uninspired. In addition to motivating clients to work their bodies, Nathan also empowers them with healthy eating guidelines.
Crossfit Pandora’s Box welcomes students of all fitness levels to one-hour Crossfit classes held seven days a week. Head trainer Tamara Gray motivates students to demolish their self-perceived barriers during strength and conditioning workouts that vary daily. Drawing from the same principles as police-academy and military special-ops training, the total-body fitness regimen utilizes a rotating cast of equipment that includes kettlebells, tires, and spiked maces to scare calories out of hiding. The co-ed group setting fosters a communal atmosphere, filling the expansive workout studio with echoes of shouts and booming high-fives.
ACE-certified coach Joe Ramirez’s ample experience and endless support for his fitness clientele caught the eye of the Gazette, which named him 2011’s Best Trainer as part of the paper’s annual Best of the Springs awards. By actuating fitness knowledge honed during 18 years in the business, Joe guides ladies through 50-minute, indoor boot-camp or kickboxing workouts that populate a robust weekly schedule. Kettlebells, resistance bands, and medicine balls sway and fly through the air during toning and firming exercises that chisel more muscles than Michelangelo after an inspirational viewing of Rambo.
During kickboxing, the curriculum takes a fight-centric turn. There ladies strike bags, dummies, and focus mitts, sharpening participants' self-defense skills. Women's Boot Camp Fitness makes weight loss a priority in all of its classes, and Joe also heaps individual attention on each client during a consultation to set attainable goals.
Christian Gonzales has held some of the most stressful jobs on the planet. He worked aboard a commercial fishing vessel, snagging meat from the sea during 22-hour days of ceaseless labor. He saved lives as an emergency medical technician, lifting, transporting, and treating patients en route to the hospital. He brought that same mental discipline to his highly physical training as a United States Marine sergeant, helping younger recruits get into fighting shape. Now, he shares his lifetime of hard work and fitness with students through Trainers INC.
Christian takes an inside out approach to training, counseling his students that they must want to change their bodies before their bodies will begin to change. Once exercisers buy in, he throws them headlong into the fitness regimens that have served him throughout his life in personal training sessions, small group classes, and boot camps. He supplements the workouts with grocery education and nutritional counseling to save clients from overloading on calories or eating depressed carrots.
For certified personal trainer Vanessa, boot camp is a lot like recess. She might takes her students to the playground for outdoor workouts, coaching them through jumps, lunges, and pull-ups with the aid of the colorful bars and swings. This setting reinforces her mission, which is also her business name: Fun In Fitness.
In addition to boot camp, Vanessa channels her 13 years of instructing experience, background in martial arts, and master's degree in biology to offer one-on-one personal-training sessions. These typically take place indoors, but she strives to make them just as energized as her playground trips.
Baby Boot Camp Colorado Springs’s owner and trainer, Alexandra, attended pregnancy boot-camp after the birth of her first daughter and found the workouts so effective that she decided to open her own branch of the business. In her classes, moms push their babies around in strollers as part of the routine, which relies heavily on strength training moves. Baby Boot Camp’s founder, Kristen Horler, designed the boot-camp-type workouts as a way for new moms to regain their pre-baby bodies in a supportive, women’s only environment using strength training and cardio.