The gymnastic experts at Eagle's Wings Athletics's Allen, Prosper, and Anna locations aim to help their students build both physical skills and self-esteem. Instructors— many of whom boast competitive backgrounds and gymnastic championships—help children as young as 18 months develop motor skills in pre-school classes, preparing them for boy and girl programs. As students cartwheel into each new class level, their gymnastic teachers help them hone skills in Olympic events such as floor exercise, pommel horse, and the horizontal bar. Staff members can also teach kids to flip during trampoline and tumbling courses.
In addition to the standard class lineup, competitive opportunities take gymnastics and cheer teams to regional, national, and interdimensional competitions. Day camps attempt to build lifelong social skills through challenges in areas such as gymnastics and rock climbing. The camps also enlist 7th and 8th graders for its counselor training program to help them learn leadership skills.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
CrossFit trainers draw from a virtual encyclopedia of exercises, though CrossFit FX TX’s owner Dylan Gautreaux might have a few more than his average colleague. Throughout his career, he has acquired 13 fitness-instruction certifications, which he calls upon to demonstrate a variety of exercises that can cater to students of all walks of life. His business partner and wife, Melissa Gautreaux, teaches classes at the facility as well, and the couple has recruited a crew of four other trainers to maintain a six-day schedule, which can range from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each trainer brings his or her own background and specialties to the table, but they all focus on the CrossFit model’s dedication to functional movement. In doing so, they prepare bodies to excel at all the tasks they were evolutionarily meant to perform, whether it’s running, crawling, climbing, or having better hair than Neanderthals.
At Fitness Together, getting fit involves getting focused and fired up to achieve. Here, certified personal trainers guide clients of all skill levels through motivating boot camps and exercise programs designed to meet goals loftier than a giraffe’s basketball hoop. To help their charges torch calories and tone muscles as efficiently as possible, the trainers incorporate evidence-based training methods, such as intervals, tempos, and fartlek, into each fitness regimen.
Filled with cardio challenges and resistance training, workouts are ever changing and paired with nutrition tips that help the body to build lean muscle. In-studio or outdoor sessions take place in a private studio flush with energizing green walls and functional training tools such as medicine balls and kettlebells.
Inside The Jym's health and fitness studio, trainer and owner Jerome Davis helps clients of all athletic levels hone strength, endurance, and coordination with intense boxing workouts. Davis boasts more than 30 years of experience in amateur and professional boxing and a personal-trainer certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His bare-bones facility houses a variety of simple equipment on which patrons perform strength and cardio exercises before applying their strength in more interactive ways. To hone skills, trainees work with Davis in the ring or confront shadowy demons by jabbing and hugging the gym's collection of emotionless punching bags.