Julie Johnston founded Boot Camp Las Vegas in 2005, when?after unsuccessfully trying to lose 60 pounds through a battery of exercise techniques?she considered enlisting in the military solely for the physical challenge and camaraderie. Upon reconsideration, she decided to reclaim some turf from the lazy birds in nearby parks and stage her own workouts to build the physical and mental toughness she knew she was capable of developing. Today, a team of instructors?all certified personal trainers who have completed 64 days of boot-camp training?preaches Johnston's program to exercisers of all fitness levels. To help monitor and maximize workouts, they stage weigh-ins, take measurements, perform physical-fitness tests, and dish out a nutrition packet to shed light on healthy eating.
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Robert McMullin grew up living and breathing combat sports, honing his endurance, discipline, and strength since he was a teenager. He eventually channeled this passion into a career as a boxing coach, MMA fighter, and trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Through these experiences, he's shaped the knowledge that drives his revolutionary AMPD FitCamp method, AMPD being an acronym for Advanced Movements for Performance Development. His work has earned him a client list that includes kickboxing champion Rick Cheek, four contestants from The Biggest Loser and MMA's Team Tompkins.
Now, McMullin and fellow trainer Ray Chargualaf guide clients through a lineup of demanding custom workouts that combine the signature FitCamp method—plyometrics and cardio routines typically used by mixed-martial-arts fighters—with cardio kickboxing’s aerobics, boxing drills, and martial-arts moves. Both trainers work with clients to ensure challenging and motivating experiences for all fitness levels. Though the specifics are tailored to each client, primary end goals include improved aerobic capacity, balance and strength, and the ability to defeat at least one Power Ranger in hand-to-hand combat.
At Bodysport Fitness Center, highly trained instructors motivate pupils of all athletic abilities during high-intensity group boot-camp classes designed by experienced personal trainers. During each coed session, a barrage of full-body workouts replaces lazy fitness routines and helps build lean yet strong physiques. Each trainer adapts his or her program to fit the personalities and abilities of the students, and changes the regimen routinely to confuse muscles, enraging them until they get strong enough to do something about it.
Exercisers feed off each other’s energy during the fun 45-to-60-minute sessions, cultivating a group bond and camaraderie based on mutual success and encouragement. The recently revamped program may incorporate elements of kettlebells, free weights, kickboxing, and even yoga alongside classic boot-camp musts, including calesthenics, plyometrics, core workouts, and primal screaming. During comfortable weather, students work away excess calories in scenic outdoor parks and move into the gym’s 8,400-square-foot facility in cases of extreme heat.
Gone are the tire-flipping and endless pushups; gone are the shouts and intimidating stares. These tactics are customary at co-ed boot camps, but at Girlie Boot Camp, the certified team of all-women trainers takes a more upbeat and fun approach. They characterize themselves as tough cheerleaders—they're ultra supportive and can't be ignored—who motivate gals of all fitness levels through each 50-minute session without the threat of latrine duties.
Designed by a woman with the female form in mind, the exercises at Girlie Boot Camp target areas of the body that most-often concern ladies, such as the thighs, hips, and buttocks. Instead of focusing on adding upper-body bulk with pushups and heavy weight-lifting, the workouts emphasize toning the lower body through upright bike sessions, light jogging, and stretching. Sessions often call upon Pilates and aerobics, and also incorporate light weight-lifting to sculpt statuesque arms.
Boredom may be acceptable on the couch, but never in the gym. RAW Fitness instructors animate a dedication to that credo by invigorating students of all skill levels during indoor or outdoor training with their constantly changing boot camps. The team melds traditional exercises, such as light running and resistance training, with unorthodox segments spent crawling and climbing through obstacle courses either solo or teamed up with a partner. But RAW’s fitness system, which targets thighs, glutes, and abs, is only one part of the equation, like a presidential candidate's hair or abs. In addition to their boot-camp routines, trainers lead the Eating for Success nutritional program, which teaches students 12 habits to permanently lose weight.