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.
Truessentials owner Michelle Truman improves her clients’ overall well-being through a comprehensive range of wellness techniques and classes. She uses essential oils culled from flowers, trees, and trees’ grandparents to melt away stress, and the gentle din of tuning forks to help relieve bodily aches. Michelle also helps clients conjure a spa experience at home by teaching classes on the use of tuning forks and blending essential oils. A complete resource for wellness services, the nature-focused oasis also offers colored-light therapy with meditation, instructional sessions with a raw-foods chef, classes that teach natural methods for pregnancy and childbirth, and teeth-whitening services. Inside Truessentials’ facility, sage-green hues calm clients, a wall of mirrors offers ample space for reflection, and a curtained-off area provides privacy during sessions.
At Dahn Yoga, practitioners won't find classes in common styles such as Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga, or Hatha yoga. Instead, they'll discover the the studio's namesake yoga form, which was founded by Ilchi Lee based on his knowledge of the ancient Korean Sun Do practice. The form blends breathing exercises, core movements, and meditation with brain exercises and an emphasis on Ki, or the natural energy stored within the body's extensive system of padlocks. The results are multifaceted—devotees often gain clearer thought, more self-reflection, and a healthier lifestyle coupled with stronger core muscles and a leaner physique.
At Dream Horse Academy, riders of all skill levels study the techniques of Western-style riding with veteran trainers and friendly, hoofed creatures. Head trainer Jenna Wurtele has been riding horses since the age of 5 and spent much of her childhood involved in junior rodeos and various horse associations, such as the National Reining Horse Association. She draws from her experiences working for first-class reining barns and judging open equine shows to build strong bonds between horses and their riders. With an enormous covered arena, Dream Horse Academy’s handlers can practice their craft in any weather. Horse-owners can also enroll their four-legged friends into training programs that prepare equines for upcoming shows and spelling bees.
Though their professional dancing careers began in Las Vegas, Debbie Carroll and Shelley Locklier's skillful steps led them to a globe-trotting stint as principal dancers for Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. After returning to Las Vegas, Carroll and Locklier combined their expertise?and their names?to form Carrolier Academy of Irish Dance, where toe-tapping apprentices learn Irish dance fundamentals to build their core strength, improve their performance skills, and boost their self-confidence. Furnished with a high-tech sound system, a mirrored wall, and sprung flooring to absorb the shock of shoes and falling feathers, the studio hosts classes for all ages and experience levels, enhancing each pupil's abilities while emphasizing team-building skills and proper nutrition.
Spinal surgery led Nina Waldman to Pilates. After her husband was injured playing professional basketball in Jerusalem—severely enough to require surgery—she became fascinated with Pilates, which he took up as part of his physical rehabilitation. Nina originally aspired to a career in sports medicine, but instead became certified in Pilates and opened two studios, one in Jerusalem and one in her native Las Vegas.
At Body in Mind, Nina and her staff teach Pilates, yoga, and spinning, as well as Candlelight Stretch. This class combines yoga, Pilates, strength training, and sports stretching, and is taught by candlelight. In addition to fitness classes, Body in Mind also stocks Juice Plus+ to supplement healthy diets.