Created by fitness trainer and life coach Dr. John Spencer Ellis and led by owner and certified fitness professional Doug Krueger, the Lake Country Adventure Boot Camp program shepherds women to physical fitness with motivational workout regimens and nutritional counseling. Before the camp starts, trainers take your measurements and body-fat percentage before hopping into a curious pod, leaping into the future, and comparing them to those of the trimmer post-camp you. In the interim, the four-week or three-day workout regimen cycles through circuit training, jogging, kickboxing, and yoga to surprise and challenge muscles. During winter months and unforeseen Renaissance festivals, sessions move to spacious indoor facilities.
When 9Round founder and IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson isn't dominating combat rings across North American and Europe, he is taking care of his two children. It was with his kids in mind that the seasoned black belt crafted his signature workout¬—a challenging professional fighter's training regime compacted into a hectic, schedule-friendly 30 minutes. Today, trainers in 9Round gyms across the nation lead members in Shannon's workout, guiding classes through its nine rounds of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance-training exercises. Instructors vary the rounds each day, supplementing body-weight exercises with jump ropes, punching bags, and free-weights. Coaches also encourage diets of fruits and lean meats and counsel members against common dieting pitfalls, such as skipping breakfast or storing smoothie surplus in unmarked laundry-detergent bottles.
At Axiom Health & Fitness, wellness experts fortify everyday routines with exercise, house-made health foods, and relaxation. The scent of house-made granola fills the 5,500-square-foot facility, where calories melt faster than a snowman at a chili cook-off. Treadmills and elliptical machines dare visitors to sprint, glide, and climb toward fitness goals, and plate-loaded weight machines replaces fat with lean muscle. For a more intense, focused regimen, boot camps throw guests into the ring with functional-training tools such as sandbags, kettlebells, and weighted chains, and personal and group training helps with everyday obstacles so that clients can lift a child without pain, or outrun a rollerblading cheetah. The gym's fitness experts also work hand-in-hand with clients who want to lose weight, offering tips on how to eat healthier and increase energy levels.
The techniques that Lauren Birkel imparts to her trainers are the same ones she used on herself while preparing for and completing the rigorous Ironman World Championships in 2005 and 2011, as well as the France-held International Triathlon Union Long Course World Championships in 2007. With this history of achieving difficult goals, Birkel knows how to inspire students without commissioning a band of rabid coyotes to chase them while they run.
She and her many cotrainers use these thoroughly tested methods of motivation to push students toward healthier lives in one-on-one, small-group, and large-group training sessions. She decks out her indoor studios with all the necessary equipment for personal-training sessions and isn't afraid to lead all-outdoor boot-camp academies in the heat or rain.
Full of athletic energy, Jeremy Belter spent six years participating in NCAA basketball and baseball, eventually earning his certification in fitness, performance nutrition, and kettlebell athletics. Today, Jeremy captains his own fitness program with a team of trainers, composed of energetic boot-camp-style classes. The seasoned trainers welcome students of all sizes and skill levels, determined to slim down and build muscle while improving their overall health. The workouts are short and intense, favoring challenging exercises and functional equipment, such as kettlebells and resistance bands. Students also receive nutritional guidance—from lists of healthy vegetables to explanations of why you should never bite into a live snake, no matter how much it resembles a chain of sausage links.