Doctors and nurses at Physicians Weight Loss Centers guide width-whittling in medically supervised weight-loss programs. The programs give clients a jump-start on healthful eating and fitness habits, putting an end to diets composed solely of deep-fried wedding cakes. Diet counselors help clients reinvent their eating habits with the assistance of multivitamins and mineral tablets, which aim to suppress cravings for sugar while boosting metabolism. Vitamin-B12 and Vitamin Cocktail injections seek to increase energy and possible benefits also include strengthened concentration and a more chipper mood.
Some of the more intensive programs include complete doctor's exams, biometrics analyses, lab work, and EKGs. These programs can focus on the reduction of either carbohydrate or fat consumption.
After only one year of serving as a destination for alternative fitness options, Houston Press named Ekam Yoga Center the Best Yoga Studio in its "2010 Best of Houston" issue. The health-conscious, eco-friendly, ghost-free studio lets prospective students sign up for a bevy of mind-body courses, including the calorie-burning Latin rhythms of zumba, the mind-clearing, tension-melting of meditation, and the muscle-bendiness of a yoga class such as hot yoga, gentle yoga or prenatal yoga. If you are a new student, you get a free Intro to Yoga course, offered weekly on Wednesday nights, to help you acclimate to poses and ready your mind for an episode of Criminal Minds. Almost 20 courses are offered weekly and classes begin as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m.
A team of accomplished coaches and instructors at the family-owned Gracie Barra studios enlightens disciples with mixed martial art expertise, with special emphasis on Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand. In classes such as Muay Thai Youth, Boxing for MMA, and Cardio Kick-Boxing, students learn to kick, grapple, and execute the car-wash hand gesture as dramatically as if in a Broadway musical. Kids five and older and adults of all ages and skill levels are welcomed with open dragon-tattooed forearms and will find appropriate classes on the schedule.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Henderson's ATA Martial Arts bolsters clients’ physical fitness, discipline, and self-confidence. Classes range from traditional taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu to weapons training. The Academy also hosts tournaments for students to showcase their best sparring, high kicking, and belt-tying skills.
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.
Students of all experience levels can train at McCall Mixed Martial Arts, whether they're looking to compete or simply get in shape. Each of the studio's skilled senseis focus on techniques during classes that mix age, experience, body size, and telepathic strength. Students with today's Groupon can sign up for an unlimited number of McCall's classes for one month. Athletic apprentices can learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a self-defense system that subdues opponents employing ground moves including chokeholds, leglocks, and precision tickling. Conversely, muay Thai kickboxing relies on upright combat moves, a blend of punches, kicks, and elbows. Mixed martial arts combines ground and upright combat to form a complete system of self-defense useful in both cage and pillow fights.