J-Mike has always loved sports and fitness, and when an injury ended his college-baseball career, he was able to shift gears and received an education in fitness training. Today, he leads individuals and small groups through intense strength and cardio training in his indoor gym, challenging students to complete difficult, but scalable, boot-camp classes.
Within a wood-floored studio jam-packed with exercise balls and resistance machines, certified trainers Amanda Kemp-Grant and Caroline Soul work to create a welcoming atmosphere where students of all shapes and sizes can work toward their goals of losing weight, toning up, or figuring out the location to Joseph Pilates' hidden treasure. The duo combine their wealth of experience—which collectively includes backgrounds in Pilates, yoga, spinning, body building, and a bouquet of other modalities—to craft and helm a selection of dynamic classes that includes mat-based Pilates, machine-based Pilates, indoor cycling, and ballet-inspired barre.
24 Hour Fitness keeps its doors open day and night so members can sculpt bodies and fitness goals on their own time with a potpourri of group classes, cardio equipment, free weights, athletic courts, and an indoor-lap pool. Armed with a 30-day membership to the recently opened Houston Rice Village Club, gym-goers kick off fresh workout routines with a complimentary fitness orientation filled with advice from personal trainers on health goals, how to use equipment, and how to interpret nightmares of being chased by dumbbells. Add fresh layers of physicality with TRX suspension-training equipment before playing a round in the racquetball court or letting sneakers squeak out healthful sonnets on the practice basketball court. Members can sign up for an array of group fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills workouts ranging from martial-arts-inspired body combat to RPM, which pairs thumping beats with a stationary bike ride through imaginary mountains and ethereal monsoons. Cap off workouts by ducking into the sauna or taking one final lap in the whirlpool.
As a personal trainer, Shirley Schuppenhauer likes to keep students guessing, tossing out a variety of workout options and letting them decide what fits. Her husband Lee is also serious about fitness, leading classes while training for an upcoming Ironman. Together, they head the diverse team of certified trainers at Elite FX Studios. Throughout the 8,000-square-foot facility, exercisers sweat their way through blistering boot camp classes or personal training sessions. Students bounce from spinning and aerobic exercise to tickling fast-twitch muscles with dumbbells, Bosu balls, and cast-iron feathers. Elite FX Studios also offers a specialized Girls Club boot camp, where ladies master kickboxing punches and kettlebell swings.
At Katy Fit Body Bootcamp, experienced instructors keep body muscles and brain muscles engaged with constant challenges. Over the course of a single session, participants may run, jump, lift weights, slam out pushups and chin-ups, or tackle addictions to standing still. Because Fit Body allows each participant to work at his or her own pace, all attendees can break a sweat without feeling the heat of competition. Consult the class schedule to find a 45-minute window that doesn’t conflict with trips to the offworld colonies.
Years before he became the avid runner, swimmer, and certified fitness trainer he is today, Jared Harrison was a chubby kid. It was only after taking up sports in high school that he began to whip into shape. When he resolved to start his own fitness business during college, he eventually lost a total of 80 pounds. His hard work has paid off—not only is he a svelte and muscular titan of an athlete, he now owns and operates his own fitness program, Hit Fit.
Amid the professional equipment and private studios of the local One 2 One Training Center, he and his staff of fellow trainers lead one-on-one and small-group training sessions, as well as nutritional counseling sessions. They take their fitness sessions outside to local parks, challenging students with their boot-camp program's high-energy exercise routines. Covering both fitness and nutrition, the program is designed to help patrons lead overall healthier lifestyles and fit back into their high-school hot-dog costume.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.