Over the past two decades, Jamela Rodriguez has channeled her passion for fitness into a career. Today, armed with experience teaching yoga, aerobics, and a variety of group fitness classes, she helps her clients set and achieve their fitness goals, which could include losing weight, gaining muscle, or adopting healthy eating habits.
When Southwest Houston Adventure Boot Camp’s owner and head trainer, Stacy Agee, chose her team of certified personal trainers, she knew she would need a deep bench. As a former college and semipro basketball player and a two-time MVP on the Houston Energy women’s football team, she understood the value in building a team with diverse skill sets that play to the strengths of the others. To that end, she recruited Kim, a veterinarian turned certified trainer and rehab specialist; Darrin, a father, marathon and triathlon runner, and boxing instructor; June, a yogi and tai chi practitioner; and TJ, a trainer with a love of plyometrics.
These coaches draw from specialized backgrounds in personal training, Pilates and yoga instruction, massage, and mixed martial arts to design a range of workouts that change constantly, much like every encyclopedia once time travel is invented. In each of their four-week outdoor fitness programs, comprised of 20 one-hour sessions scheduled for early morning, mid-morning, or evening, they train participants of all genders, ages, and fitness levels. They foster a noncompetitive, support group atmosphere with a personal training feel.
Karen Mones's passion for fitness began at a young age, exercising to Jane Fonda videos with her mother. She went on to play softball, earn her bachelor's in exercise and sports science, and obtain six instructor certifications in everything from yoga to strength training. She founded Houston Adventure Boot Camp to share her knowledge and passion for fitness with as many people as possible.
She and her trainers create different regimens each day, taking advantage of the city's natural spaces and natural forces to enhance their workouts. They challenge gravity by having students lift their own bodyweight or free weights. Students plow through the heaviest friction the air can throw at them in sprints, and they hold up under constant pressure from the sun to nap in the middle of a field.
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The trainers at Natural Talent Martial Arts and Fitness collectively hold more than 45 world titles. Armed with competition experience and years of training, they introduce kids and adults to the core values and principles behind martial arts. Beginning with students as young as 3, they offer kids karate classes that focus on cementing combat techniques while also instilling respect, honor, discipline, and self-respect into each pupil. They train adults in mixed martial arts and fitness kickboxing, and also hold Zumba classes for fitness-minded fighters.
As the owner of Phat Body Gym, John Mitchell has witnessed some pretty extreme physical transformations. One client, he says, lost 30 pounds in a single month, prompting friends and relatives to file one-quarter of a missing-persons report. Mitchell says the secret to keeping his clients motivated is variety. Whether in boot camps or one-on-one training sessions, he concocts unique combinations of exercises to help them reach their goals.
Students Should Bring: Great attitude
Average Class Length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot