Question one of the seasoned staff members at Neon Sun Tanning Salon, and they might tell you about the time former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones dropped by for a tan before her concert. Their private studio hums with powerful, professional beds and standup booths, bronzing torsos with warm rays of simulated sunlight.
YMCA of Amarillo has opened its doors to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities since 1937. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, homework-assistance sessions, and art classes. To help guests of all ages get in touch with their creative sides, local artists host writing groups, dance courses, and photography classes.
YMCA of Amarillo emphasizes the importance of cultural enrichment in their community as well—they partner with such community-based organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star Ballet, and Amarillo Opera. They also further strengthen the community by offering much-needed funding to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of any of these progressive programs.
The first time Jessica Sutterfield meets one of her clients, she always starts with a body-composition assessment. By calculating individuals’ lean-mass-to-fat-mass ratios, she’s able to determine their metabolic rates, and from there, determine the number of calories they should aim to burn each day. Her individualized approach has helped a wide range of clients meet their fitness goals. She helped 64-year-old Mary Jarvis get healthy enough to kick her prescription medications, and with her assistance, engaged couple Damon and Stephanie Herbert lost weight before the cameras recorded their wedding day.
Jessica specializes in small-group training at area gyms, a practice that adds a social element to workouts and costs less than completely private sessions or a low-cal diet of $20 bills. She also hosts sport camps, during which athletes of all ages run body-weight drills and do plyometrics to improve their in-game performances.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Ravage CrossFit?s workouts combine strength training, gymnastics, and metabolic exercises to whip bodies into shape. Certified CrossFit coaches work with clients of all fitness levels, beginner through advanced, and even offer special classes for kids and kangaroos.
Head trainer Jeff Cox?a certified instructor and nutrition counselor at Zach?s Club 54?believes that fitness is about more than just the body, stating that ?fitness is a positive approach to life incorporating physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects?? This rounded approach to well-being pervades throughout the 35,000-square-foot facility, which cultivates a fun and communal atmosphere to workout, socialize, compete, and play within. Cutting-edge strength-training equipment from brands such as Precor and Hammerstrength bolster muscle mass, a well-stocked cardio theater entertains while quickening heartbeats, three racquetball courts host matches between friends, and an indoor pool welcomes both lap-minded exercises and splash-happy tots. A specialized cycling room and a 2,000-square-foot fitness studio?which houses an array of instructor-led group classes such as yoga, BodyCombat, and Turbo Kick?also send sweat glands into overdrive. A trio of personal trainers, which collectively boast NGA and ISSA certification, stands by to help willing exercisers formulate and achieve individual fitness goals.
Before donning sweatbands and inflatable muscle suits in the locker room, parents can drop kids off at the toy- and media-equipped child waiting area staffed by CPR-certified attendants.