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.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
After eight months of taking Zumba classes, Dominique Lasha’e had a sudden realization—this was the longest she’d ever been committed to a fitness routine. The now-certified Zumba instructor, who has owned a marketing and event company for more than 16 years, combines her party-planning experience and love of Zumba workouts to host infectious dance parties. Drawing from a range of easy-to-follow international dance moves including Latin styles, hip hop, meringue, reggae, and cumbia, she helps guests of all ages and abilities achieve their fitness goals while simultaneously preparing them to reign victorious in-office dance-offs that determine who gets promoted. High-energy international tunes fuel guests as they shimmy and shake their way towards overall well-being.
Coming from a large family of athletes, Tim Kaderli has made physical fitness a de facto part of his daily existence since he was a kid. He soon realized, however, that many others have never been exposed to the training techniques and nutritional habits that he relied on his entire life. This realization led him to found Synergy Fitness Boot Camp and to formulate his own methodology. Today, Kaderli aims to reach aspiring exercisers in three ways: fun and lighthearted fitness regimens, nutritional education, and motivational friendships between trainer and client. Joined by six other trainers, Tim meets with students morning, midday, and night at outdoor locations all over Austin, such as Milburn Community Park or Bee Cave Central Park. Alternatively, classes can convene at the Synergy High Intensity Training (HIT) Facilities, which provide students with equipment and shelter from the jealous glare of the sun—who will never be anything but an immobile ball of gaseous elements.
Equipment: We carry Century Martial Arts and Hyper Martial Arts products.
Students should bring: Bottled water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come with a great attitude and an excitment to learn.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our classes are individualized; students work at their own pace. We endeavor to give our students a take-away each class, something that they can leave with and feel confident doing to help protect themselves. We want every student to have a victory in every class.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
They don't work past difficulties. Not everything is going to come easy the first time. Repetition is what ensures success.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
We train with Martial Arts Basic Techniques, conditioning and self-defense training.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our training atmosphere is very friendly and encouraging, we want to see everyone achieve their very best. Our goal is to support our students success.
The certified trainers of Fit 30 Boot Camp help clients lose up to 15 pounds in a month with fun, motivational, and challenging calisthenics classes held outdoors. Dedicated trainers help clients sculpt bendable bodies in workouts with calorie-burning buffets of push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, and wrestling matches against alligators. At some of the participating locations, Fit 30 Boot Camp's nutritionists conduct private consultations, during which they craft a weekly menu based on the dietary needs and eating patterns of each client.