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 personal 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 Evolution Personal Training, Cody Stephens takes a multilevel approach to create custom fitness programs for each of his clients. Cody's training doctrine is based on a few key principles: First, he staggers exercises. Rather than the typical start-stop-start-stop approach to workouts, which yields slower results by making your body think it's stuck in traffic, Cody builds intensity throughout each session as clients move from one exercise to the next. Next, he packs in calorie-scorching movements by incrementally increasing exercise density, that is the amount of work each client can do in a given time. Cody's fitness plans rely heavily on resistance training, using free weights, ropes, medicine balls, and body weight movements to create toned, chiseled physiques. Finally, a focus on flexibility and mobility not only creates bodies that are fast and lithe, but maintains proper health by reducing muscle soreness. Cody recognizes that men and women frequently have different training goals and needs and is dedicated to designing a program that's unique to each of his clients.
Athletes of all backgrounds flock to SpeedWorks to boost their speed, strength, and stamina. Led by the award-winning Matt Merry, the facility arm trainees with universally applicable skills such as linear and multi-direction movement, injury prevention, and how to invent wacky plays that are just crazy enough to win the big game against the no-good meanies of East Side High.
SpeedWorks small group sessions, aimed at ages 7-18, focus on running, lifting, or a combination of the two, with exercises tailored based on the results of the participants’ initial athletic assessment. Alternatively, the center’s one- or two-day clinics cover topics that range from how to eat well to how to meet the speed requirements of a given sport. Similarly, the on-site adult fitness boot camp, aptly named Camp Gladiator, whips trainees into shape in a competitive yet camouflage-free environment.
With its wide array of salon and day spa services, Aperio Salon beautifies clients from head to toenail. In the salon, stylists create polished new styles, color hair, and add extensions. Aestheticians treat skin with hot stones, aromatherapy, a skin brightening system, or a multivitamin treatment that relieves skin from the effects of falling asleep in too many bowls of potato chips. Massage therapists also use hot stones in their treatments, which can include gliding and relaxing Swedish strokes or deep-tissue techniques that target tenser areas.
The fun, active group classes at Drew LeBlanc's Elite Fitness boost health and vigor under the guidance of friendly, professional trainers. Cardio workouts, such as calorie-crushing dance-based Zumba, maximize heart and lung efficiency, while the brawn-boosting Bodypump class turns everyday muscles into washboards, six-packs, and other useful household items. Diligent exercisers can fight the battle of the bulge with a weight-loss boot camp or learn to protect their neighborhoods from gangs of delinquent punching bags with kickboxing lessons. The modern fitness center also houses private shower facilities for postworkout de-salting.
S'port Port boasts premier indoor soccer facilities, including a full-size field for learning, practicing, and playing games of soccer's accelerated indoor cousin. The six-week women's indoor soccer clinic for beginners arms burgeoning footballers with the tools to shoot, pass, trap, cross, and dribble in a friendly and competitive team environment of 12–14 contenders. Along with enabling players to attain skills in a new sport, playing indoor soccer provides potential slide-tackling machines with great workouts sans the monotony of routine gym visits, tired treadmill excursions, and old-hat tree-uprooting exercises. Indoor soccer’s quick turf and playable walls make for a sprightly, fast-paced game that allows players to make zippy passes, rebound missed shots, and score with reckless abandon.