Graduate wins American Gladiators,
launches chain of ‘boot camps’
By Britney Munguia
Producers of Hulk Hogan’s popular reality competition show, American Gladiators, didn’t know what to expect when Ally Davidson showed up for tryouts in her wedding veil.
The program, which airs on NBC, showcases amateur athletes battling against stunt professionals and other athletes in contests of endurance and physical strength with names like The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator.
On the day of her wedding, Feb. 2, 2008, Davidson tried out for American Gladiators — with her wedding veil on. She and her new husband, Jeff Davidson, both were invited to compete in the show, and she walked away as grand champion of the second season with $100,000 and a new car.
Davidson, who is originally from Austin, came to Texas State on an athletic scholarship. The former basketball player graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s in exercise and sports science.
She now runs a series of fitness camps called Camp Gladiator, funded by her winnings from American Gladiators. There are 13 locations in Austin and 25 in Dallas, as well as locations in San Antonio, Houston and Oklahoma City, Okla.
Competitor Magazine has voted Camp Gladiator as “Best Boot Camp in Texas.”
Adventure-seeking children also have the opportunity to participate in Camp Gladiator for Kids, with activities including rock climbing, relay races, tug of war, dodgeball and more.