Surfset Fitness Houston's classes combine the full-body workout of surfing with the convenience of being able to stay dry and indoors. They accomplish this by utilizing the RipSurfer X apparatus: a surfboard-like platform that remains firmly on the ground, yet still forces students to focus on maintaining their balance. Throughout each class, the instructors will lead groups through sequences of exercises inspired by real-world surfing movements, such as paddling from a prone stance, quickly springing up into a standing position, and moonwalking across the board. The incorporation of high-intensity aerobic training and various multi-planar movements creates a workout that helps forge strong cores and lean, defined muscles over time. Since the RipSurfer X is not fully stable, each movement simultaneously engages major muscle groups and small, stabilizing muscles while students make virtually imperceptible adjustments to keep their balance. Surfset Fitness Houston's classes manage to combine cardio work and strength training into one engaging and innovative workout regimen.
Elite Corps Fitness's Christian Hollums trains hard, and he expects his boot-camp participants to do the same. By enrolling in Elite’s 12-week program, clients make a serious commitment to changing their fitness routine, rather than just flexing in the mirror and calling it a day. Christian helps each participant construct a customized, long-term plan based on their current level of fitness. To that end, he conducts personal-training assessments on the weekends, analyzing clients against eight fitness indicators such as lean-muscle mass, cardiovascular capabilities, and ability to chew through glass. Christian also develops personalized meal plans, ensuring that clients receive the appropriate amount of lean protein to keep them energized through their workouts. Indoor and outdoor workouts take place at Gym Jessop.
For Jonathan Pritchard, each day’s workout is a chance to help people pump their muscles and their spirits. A co-owner of Crosstraining Romans 831, his work as a CrossFit athlete and personal trainer is rooted in helping others identify and ultimately exceed their own fitness goals. The gym’s trainers use a combination of variable training techniques, power lifting, and advanced sports science philosophies to help clients get stronger, healthier, and give the most confident piggy-back rides. At the center of their programming, boot camp classes offer a variety of challenges that might include a break-neck set of box jumps or deadlifts. The 3,000-square-foot facility also features training equipment such as Cybex machines and TRX suspension cables.
As the owner and head instructor of Get AGG'd Boot Camp, John Wilson takes his clients' fitness routines outdoors. His boot camps transform grassy fields and tree-lined pathways into a gym, where clients run, lunge, and lift toward their fitness goals. John's routines combine cardio drills with strength training and calisthenics, meaning students can expect to jog after holding a plank pose, or leap into plyometric moves in the midst of on-the-ground core work. When he isn't motivating his students to complete one more rep, John helps with meal planning by posting recipes on the boot camp's Facebook page.
There's no dance experience required at Tickled Pink Fitness, where "every workout is like a party." You are encouraged, however, to bring your personality—"The different personalities bring uniqueness and excitement to the class," according to the fitness studio's philosophy. That excitement is important at Tickled Pink, because the studio specializes in high-energy Zumba classes, which stage fun-centric dance workouts set to international and pop music. Kids are welcome at Zumbatomic classes, and party packages for all ages get celebrants fit in a festive atmosphere.
The floor at Frontline Fitness is lined with AstroTurf-like material, giving the indoor gym an outdoorsy feel. That floor is the stomping grounds for group and personal training sessions, where clients use such equipment at free weights, rings, and tires to get into better shape. Trainers guide people through high-intensity workouts and Olympic lifting programs, and also provide sports-specific training in baseball, football, and foosball.