In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
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.
At Dynamic Dance DFW, dance steps are an afterthought. Rather than simply teach motions, instructors want to share the inspired and exhilarating moments that dance creates. To that end, they introduce students to a variety of styles such as salsa, merengue, tango, and West Coast swing, all shared in a positive and supportive environment. Once participants start to feel the rhythm, they can sharpen their moves at Saturday Night Fever dance parties, or tone during Dynama-Size exercise classes. And in the ultimate pursuit of the perfect dance-floor moment, the studio’s staff also helps couples craft a unique wedding dance that expresses their love without stuffy speeches or primal scream therapy.
Do pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and squats, and then run around the building. This is just one of the many WODs (Workout of the Day) scrawled on the chalkboard at Crossfit Abattoir. High-intensity strength and conditioning workouts combine gymnastics, lifts, and endurance movements for calorie blasting and muscle sculpting. Participants vary from individuals merely looking to get in great shape to those wanting to pursue CrossFit as a competitive sport.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.