At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Soothed sighs and breathless chatter fill Alvin Health & Wellness Center, attesting to spa services and heart-pumping fitness classes. Stones for back massage soak up warmth as aromatherapy oils fill the air, and massage artists pack together algae mud wraps. The staff also leads cardio-kickboxing and fitness-boot-camp classes to better bodies as well as minds and self-defense classes that teach pupils to fight off overly aggressive car-wash mascots.
Tell us about your business.
Marie Christine's Dance and Fitness was founded as a way to help women 18 and older to meet their wellness and fitness goals. Our founder, Kristen Hall, is certified in the PrimaBarre and Booty Barre workout methods which will create a lean, toned, and sculpted physique.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our workouts are challenging, but we strive to create and upbeat environment that is filled with plenty of encouraging words. We also pull a lot of positive focus into each class to help our clients visualize meeting their goals and creating the body they've always wanted. We provide modifications for those who feel that they are not yet ready for some of our more challenging routines. We change our workout routines weekly in order to keep our class fresh and exciting, and we also assist our clients by being available for any questions before and after class.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
We believe that the workout environment should be free of any judgment. Clients of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels are encouraged to join our class.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
A typical class lasts between 50-60 minutes in length. We begin with a warm-up, followed by several routines that sculpt the arms, legs, glutes, and abdominals. We stretch between each workout segment and utilize light hand weights, exercise bands, and medicine balls. Each workout is done using the Ballet barre or Pilates mat. At the end of each class you will have worked out from head to toe.
Equipment: Ballet barre. Resistance bands are available for purchase.
Students should bring: Pilates mat, small hand towel, and water.
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
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The Texas Yoga Association is a non-profit organization that exists to unite the yoga community in preventing the Texas Workforce Commission's regulation of yoga (see the association’s FAQ page for more information). With today’s deal, beginning yogis or long-time enthusiasts can select a convenient studio location and register for five classes to be taken over the course of one month. Available yoga styles vary from location to location, but include vinyasa, hatha, prenatal, yin yang, and pralaya yoga, as well as zumba classes and reverse moonwalking.