Since 1996, fitness guru Chanelle Neilson has shaped bodies into acrobatic lawn ornaments, and on March 1 of this year, she opened Balanced Life Yoga to cater to the pose-deprived denizens of Beaumont. Connect body and mind without the use of kite string with a 10-class punch card, which grants access to relaxation and family yoga sessions taught in the flowing Vinyasa method. Up to 45 human paperclips twist and turn in dizzying synchronization during classes that last between 30 and 60 minutes, with three morning workout opportunities offered per week and additional classes forthcoming. Balanced Life Yoga’s padded floors comfortably support downward-facing dogs and sideways-rolling armadillos, and yoga mats may be brought from home or borrowed from the studio.
In Block Crossfit's 5,000-square-foot gym, certified trainers create a motivating and welcoming environment while teaching a system that anyone can learn. The inclusiveness of CrossFit is what drew owners Joe and Chris to CrossFit in the first place. They wanted to create a place where a sense of community could blossom, as well as fitness. As they perform functional movements at a high intensity, encouragement to reach finish lines and meet goals abound from both trainers and students. Besides that positive reinforcement, they keep everyone engaged by changing routines daily and avoiding the boredom of repetition.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
One of the first sounds to welcome newcomers to Training Zone Martial Arts is the dull thud of a foot smacking into a pad. The instructors lead students of all ages and levels through tae kwon do classes in the intimate studio, helping adults perfect their strikes, and instilling in children the characteristic sense of discipline.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.
Although they all come from different backgrounds, the coaches at CrossFit Covert agree on the best part of every workout: the community. Each workout of the day challenges its participants to lift weights and complete exercises for functional fitness. The intensity of the routine varies according to who's doing it, but the movements remain the same. The camaraderie is likewise shared—everyone encourages everyone else to finish their reps and come back for more.
With its bright yellow accents and open floorspace, the gym welcomes visitors of all ages. Many of its classes have babysitters scheduled at the same time, so parents can bring their children. Also on the schedule are women's boot-camp classes, kids' classes, and Saturday yoga sessions.