Before he founded Bradshaw's Boot Camp, Justin Bradshaw was a deep-sea diver for the U.S. Army. The rigorous training, diving missions, and underwater construction jobs building fish schools inspired him to motivate others to push themselves to reach their fitness goals. At Bradshaw's Boot Camp, he designs ever-changing workout routines for his high-intensity boot-camp classes, incorporating nutrition to create well-rounded lifestyles for his clients. The plan works—he's been featured alongside one of his many successful weight-loss clients on ABC's The View and serves as the official trainer on MTV's I Used to be Fat.
Unleashing the public upon its fixtures since 1994, Southside Skatepark's ample ramps, rails, and bowls help skaters master airborne dynamics. Metal rails squeal beneath boardslides and 5-0s as riders grind off and on of the fun box or hurtle in ollie impossibles above the 16,000 square foot venue, riding the momentum granted by the halfpipe, originally invented by engineers to fire sewage into space. The onsite proshop rents helmets and lockers to protect personals and wooden nickels from flying out of pockets.
The body disciplinarians at Grupo Cafu Capoeira instruct both beginning and experienced pupils in the traditional Brazilian martial art of capoeira, and its svelte mixed-martial-arts arm, Jaguar MMA, instructs in a hybrid styling of various martial-arts methods. Capoeira fuses music, dance, acrobatics, and combat in a fluid mélange that, like holidays with the in-laws, deftly mixes fun with reflexive defense moves. The practice helps to develop strength, grace, and physical confidence, in sessions that last 45 minutes to an hour. Capoeira is complemented by a swift gear change to mixed martial arts, a full-contact fighting system emphasizing adaptability and quick reaction to threats. Martial artists spend five to 10 minutes kindling cool muscle sticks, then 25 to 30 minutes absorbing methods and moves. Sessions in each discipline take place five days a week, mostly in evening; see the separate capoeira schedule and mixed martial arts schedule for full listings.
It’s safe to say Catherine Fox knows her way around a pool. She won an Olympic gold medal for her ability to find her way from end to end. Partnering with Swim Jim owner Jim Spiers, a trainer for 2012 Olympics Bronze medalist Lia Neal, the pair transformed their expertise into a curriculum that helps others learn to love the water as they do. The resulting program, titled the Underwater Schoolhouse, forms the cornerstone of every class held at SwimJim.
Teachers take on students of all ages, focusing first on helping to cure land dwellers’ inherent nervousness around water. To do this, they use a combination of encouragement and humor, never pushing a student further than they’re willing to go. Once students take the plunge, the coaches focus on teaching the mechanics of a variety of strokes, such as how to kick during breaststroke or how to emerge gracefully from the chrysalis before butterfly stroke.
Training takes place at The Marksman Indoor Range.
CHL-Training.com offers two classes: a four-hour CHL class and a three-hour tactical self-defense class. The former takes an interactive approach to covering the laws, shooting fundamentals, and safety tips necessary to carry a concealed weapon, with live-fire qualification on the range. The self-defense course stays in the classroom to cover topics such as tactical self defense and instinctive shooting?and it is designed to be an ideal companion to the CHL class.
CHL classes are taught by a certified Texas DPS concealed handgun instructor, while students in the tactical self-defense class benefit from the expertise of a a former U.S. Marine. The instructor?who also holds NRA certification?brings a strong yet non-threatening demeanor to the classroom.
Most Popular Service: Concealed-handgun-license training
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: NRA, DPS
CHL Express trains out of local gun ranges.
Handgun rentals are available at the range.
The NRA- and DPS-certified instructors at CHL Express want West Houston to benefit from their extensive expertise in handguns. To that end, they teach convenient-yet-thorough concealed-handgun courses. Here, they guide students through both classroom and on-range instruction, keeping the emphasis on safety throughout.