Even as a kid, Julia Zammito was a fitness buff. As an adult, she's transitioned this passion into a career, becoming a trainer and a regular guest on TV’s Daytime. When she's not working on her own physical fitness or standing confidently behind a camera lens, she shares her experience and know-how during her intense, yet supportive, boot camps at Redington Shores Beach and Seminole City Park. Using her own booming voice or a bullhorn, Julia motivates her students to push themselves, personally calling them out by name when she can. She uses mini hurdles, coordination ladders, light dumbbells, and kettlebells to fortify her always-rotating workouts. She also incorporates calisthenics, which rely on the body's own weight as resistance.
Dozens of upright punching bags stand like padded pillars throughout MA Fitness’s space. Over the years, they have learned to fear the fists and feet of the gym’s aspiring martial artists. Thanks to the motivation and encouragement offered by the staff of professional and volunteer coaches, even first-time kickboxers pound the stuffing from their stationary opponents with an endless rain of blows. The strikes get fiercer as students perfect their technique with unlimited kickboxing classes or build their strength during body-resistance conditioning courses.
In addition to helping patrons whip themselves into shape and hone self-defense skills in a cross-training atmosphere, the staff reaches out to the community through myriad charity efforts. MA Fitness has sponsored fundraisers for organizations including All Children's Hospital, Toys for Tots, and the American Cancer Society. Each week, it hosts Sunday Smack Downs, a kickboxing class from which part of the proceeds go to charity, untouched by overweight cats wearing top hats and smoking cigars.
Shannon Bostwick shapes healthier clients from top to bottom using variable workouts and advanced TRX suspension training. Clients sweat, strive, and sculpt as Shannon strikes up a fast tempo, using body-weight resistance and cardiovascular exercises to increase muscle tone while maintaining core strength and flexibility. Circuit-style workouts change each day, confusing muscles and keeping the mind engaged.
Aside from its classes being only available for women, there aren't many restrictions at Superlady Fitness Boot Camp. The personal trainers who lead the classes don't care if exercisers can do one push-up or 1,000, which is the amount Wonder Woman did during commercial breaks. That support combined with a daily gamut of cardio, stretches, physio ball work, and body-weight exercises results in fun workouts.
Fit Body Boot Camp's instructors all over the world share a common goal: to help clients hit their fitness and weight-loss goals with regimented training programs. Trainers lead group workouts that combine cardio with resistance exercises, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. They design the workouts to be as time-effective as possible and vary the routines constantly to avoid workout plateaus that can leave clients feeling uninspired. Trainers empower their students with healthy eating guidelines to keep motivation high outside of class.
During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers plan out tailored fitness programs, which clients can take with them to Fit Body Boot Camp’s gyms to continue shaping up on their own.
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.