Partner and Cibolo Head Trainer, Camp Gladiator
With a contagious smile and an indisputable passion for community, Army Veteran Roger Wright-Lester is using his expertise in health and fitness to help expand Camp Gladiator, an Austin-based outdoor fitness program. “I love what I do,” Roger says about his job. “I love fitness [and] I love to impact other people’s lives.”
Camp Gladiator (CG) was founded in 2008 by Ally Davidson, winner of American Gladiator, and is rapidly expanding nationwide. It is a community-driven boot camp for all fitness levels and is run outdoors—rain or shine. “The trainers are motivational and always keep [campers] guessing during their workouts [which] are fun and never the same. There is always lots of energy and people are telling each other ‘good job’ and giving each other high fives—it is a great way to build friendships,” Roger said.
He sees his partnership with CG as an opportunity to better his own Cibolo community by encouraging friends and neighbors to workout together outdoors. He stresses the impact Camp Gladiator can have on the younger generation as well. “There is an opportunity to set the example and be a role model to [local] kids by leading healthy and active lives. We help [our] community become a better place by raising money to support the schools and other fundraisers.” He hopes to become more engaged in nearby school districts and to run field days to promote children’s health and wellness.
Roger’s background as a fitness professional is extensive. He played college football, interned at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado, and has a Masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of San Antonio. He also worked with the Army World Class Athletic Program as a strength and conditioning intern.
His military background is one of the reasons he loves the Cibolo community. “I noticed that the community has a lot of veterans. I am a veteran as well and I feel that I can impact them and give them that chance of having a healthy and better life.”
When he is not helping his CG campers achieve their fitness goals, Roger enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their family. In addition to their two oldest girls, they recently welcomed twin daughters into their family.
In all things, Roger tries to keep a positive view and follow the advice he was once given: “In order to be successful you must be consistent and persistent and to smile often. You don’t know [who is] watching or who just needs a smile that day.” Anyone who has met him knows that Roger lives by those words and brightens his community with his positive, charitable outlook on life.
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