After more than a decade of combined training and fitness experience, the two decided to put that passion into a business of their own.
“We’ve managed another gym ... and when you’re working for somebody, you can only do so much,” JessE said.
Transform offers 30-minute self-paced group afterburn workouts using a combination of high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, and active rest training. These allow the body to burn up to twice as much fat in half the time and continue to burn calories up to 32 hours after.
Each group workout is open to every skill level, but prior to taking a group class, Ashley will complete an assessment with the individual in which she said she learns the goals, preferences and about any injuries the person may have that will impact their training. Ashley said she takes everyone’s history into mind, adjusting workouts and creating modifications when needed.
This allows them to offer personalized training in a group setting. Ashley said she enjoys learning about members’ lives and building a bond with them. JessE said genuinely caring for members and their lives outside of the gym sets Transform Boot Camp apart.
“We love people, and we love what we do, and we love that it helps people,” JessE said.
Memberships are also sold unlimited, allowing members to attend as many or as few classes as they like. Classes are also held throughout the day, and members can vary times according to their own schedule, JessE said.
While each class is 30 minutes long, they are different each day—from an emphasis on legs to cardio to strength—so that no class is ever repeated, something that is important to Ashley.
She said training differently each day or each workout is important because it prevents boredom, prevents overtraining of a certain body part that can lead to injury or burnout, and it promotes progress faster as the body is always guessing and therefore is always adapting. It is also how members will see the best results, she said.
Ashley said she will also outsource to area physical therapists she has vetted when she feels her members are not getting the results they want. The couple will even go so far as to direct members to other workout options if they feel that what they provide is not most beneficial.
The Stewarts said their goal is to be upfront and create community with their members and not solely make money.
“People should support local businesses because [the owners] care more,” Ashley said. “... We know all of our members. We know how many kids they have; we know what they do for a living; we know what they ate for breakfast yesterday.”
What is an afterburn workout?
Transform Boot Camp uses a combination of High-Intensity Interval Training and Active Rest Training where the body can burn up to twice the fat and calories than traditional workouts in half the time and continue burning calories up to 32 hours after each workout.
Transform Boot Camp
15609 Ronald W. Reagan Blvd., Ste. A160, Leander
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 5:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m., Sat. 8-10 a.m., closed Sun.