MEET OUR FITNESS TEAM
Karen has been involved in sports and fitness since she was a young girl playing softball and exercising to Jane Fonda videos with her mom. She's got her bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science and masters degree in Sports Management. She has owned her own business, ACCESS Sports Performance, since 2003 and continues to help several people reach their life and fitness goals. Karen is a perpetual student of the truth in living fit. She has obtained several certificates which include personal training, pilates, yoga, strength conditioning, sports training, and nutrition. As a result, she has been named as one of America 's PremierExperts®. Recently she was interviewed on Health and Wellness Today as a fitness expert. Her motivation to staying fit is to find your passion in life and train like an athlete for it. Finding the athlete within is what Karen helps her clients discover in order to view fitness as a way of life and she lives it by staying active in the sports and hobbies she loves.
Karen started Adventure Boot Camp in Houston to reach more people with her passion for fitness. She wanted to bring a fitness program to the Houston area that would be fun and give real results. The combination of Karen's professional background, fitness and formal education, sports conditioning, athletic background and practical experience are what drive the workouts to be different and unique. And she has shared this with all the trainers who bring the same variety to their workouts.
"We like our classes to feel like you are getting personal training. We will know everyone's name and we will make sure everyone gets the attention they need." This close environment along with the varied workouts (so you never get bored), makes Adventure Boot Camp Houston's favorite workout group. As Karen puts it, "We are a fun exercise adventure that will add years and friends to your life."
Jeff is has been a personal trainer for over 20 years. He competes as a professional drug-free body builder in Masters competitions and has won and/or placed in several of them. He is dedicated to helping people reach their goals and enjoy a healthy lifestyle and has worked with everyone from Housewives to Professional Athletes. Jeff is fun and enthusiastic but also very professional. Ladies - you won't feel intimidated at all around him. He is very encouraging and has received great reviews from the boot campers. His wit and humor will keep you smiling and motivated.
Kim is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Rehabilitation Specialist through Professional Fitness Instructor Training She is also Certified in CPR/AED. Kim is dedicated about sharing her passion for fitness and helping others in achieving their fitness goals and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. She has over 5 years experience working in the outdoor bootcamp environment, as well as having worked at a athlete performance gym, small women's only health club and doing in-home personal training. Kim recently completed a1 course through Balance Body University and teaching Pilates at a local gym.
Prior to pursuing her passion in fitness, Kim was a Registered Veterinarian Technician for 16 years in the Cypress area. She is a Native Houstonian and the mother of 2 very athletic teenage boys.
June is an independent certified personal trainer dedicated to sharing her passion for fitness and helping others in their journey to health and wellness. She is a long time Sugar Land, Texas fitness enthusiast whose background encompasses running, hatha and bikram yoga, Tai Chi, and involvement with the boot camp environment for the past five years. Elements from each of her experiences are incorporated in her workouts, which are challenging, varied and will inspire you to "Empower your life, live well, and look fabulous!"
TJ is energetic and has intense workouts full of motivation and inspiration. His favorite phrase is "stay in the moment" because he says, "it's easy for people to give up so I try to make sure they understand that working hard will provide results to be proud of." TJ is a married father of two (Khiry and Kiana) and loves the Dallas Cowboys, but don't hold that against him. He likes doing plyometric training and all types of push ups.
TJ teaches at the Missouri City morning and Heights evening locations
Having recovered from an accident and lost weight herself, Liz is prepped and ready to not only lead you through great workouts but empathize with the process. Liz is motivating and tough but will provide you with great variety.
Liz is bilingual, speaking Spanish as well. And works with all levels.
Brittany is enthusiastic and beyond excited to be sharing her love of fitness with her fellow boot campers. She was first exposed to fitness through her love of competitive cheerleading, in which she competed at the local, regional and national levels for over ten years. Brittany is a recent graduate of Baylor University in Waco, TX with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. Brittany is positive, motivated, and her energy is contagious.
One of her favorite quotes is, "It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome." - William James
Christina is NASM Certified and teaches the high energy Les Mills body pump classes as well. She will get you motivated and muscles burning with her many different styles of upper and lower body exercises. Christina is an avid runner and shares her love of an active lifestyle with her clients.
Darrin - Katy 5am at Central Green Park
Darrin is first and foremost, a dad. His favorite workout is chasing his two children around a playground.
Darrin has been a fitness advocate his entire adult life. He was first exposed to fitness through various sports in high school and went on to completing marathons and triathlons in his adult life. In addition, Darrin has been a Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer for over twenty years. You can expect a mixed bag of fitness disciplines in Darrins classes ranging from pilates, boxing, sports drills, and various others. No class will ever be the exact same.
Dr. John Spencer Ellis - Support Staff
Each week, over one million people around the world enjoy a fitness program created by John Spencer Ellis. His fitness programs are implemented in the top resorts, spas and health clubs. John is the President of NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) and the Spencer Institute for Life Coaching. These two professional associations have 45,000 members in 30 countries. John is on the Advisory Boards of the National Health, Wellness and Prevention Congress, Exercise TV, Conference for Healthy Living, Irvine Valley College, Get America Fit Foundation, and is a Fellow of the National Board of Fitness Examiners. He is the author of "How Badly Do You Want It? - Your Ultimate Guide to Optimal Fitness," and a contributor to "Power of Champions." He created Adventure Boot Camp, the largest fitness boot camp program in the world. His signature series of outdoor fitness equipment is used in communities worldwide. John has been featured or quoted in every major fitness publication, and held the post of Fitness Editor for OC Flair magazine. John has been featured on NBC, CBS, PBS, SPIKE, ESPN & Bravo. He serves as an on-air expert for Life & Leisure Television and Health Journal Television with General Norman Schwarzkopf. He is the producer and host of The OC Body on The Healthy Living Channel. John is a Nautilus sponsored athlete and stars in the workout DVDs Playground Boot Camp & Kung-Fu Fitness. John created the fitness program used by the U.S. Secret Service and he consults the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships).
John has been continuing his professional education since 1987, and holds bachelors degrees in business and health science, an MBA, and a doctorate in education. He is currently completing a second doctorate in naturopathy. He has fifteen certifications including massage therapy, plyometrics, self-defense, fitness kick boxing, fitness boxing, water fitness, exercise rehabilitation, golf conditioning, Pilates, personal training, clinical hypnotherapy, sports hypnosis, PACE circuit training and yoga. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in kung-fu, has completed the Ironman triathlon, and finished 5th at the U.S. National Biathlon Championships. His medical training includes a license in radiological technology, a medical assisting certification, and training in McKenzie rehabilitation. John was nominated for the California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award.