For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
At Boerne Gymnastics Center, a staff of professional instructors, former competitive gymnasts, and a former Olympian unveils the world of gymnastic possibilities to students ages 5 and up. With five-hour daily sessions, Super Fun Combination Day Camp invites budding Mary Lou Rettons and Bart Conners to dabble in the various activities offered at Boerne, from purposeful tumbling to trampoline routines. Acrobatics training tasks nimble attendees with Voltron reenactments, and circus-arts instruction imparts the age-old wisdom of trapeze performance and juggling. An indoor climbing wall, arts-and-crafts activities, and various games mollify flickering attention spans as apprentices cartwheel from area to area. The fully equipped facility boasts parallel bars, cushioned floor-routine space, and pommel horses. Gymnastic rings challenge meat-sleeve strength and also double as tethered tokens of affection for classmate crushes.
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.
Led by owner and championship choreographer Chrissy Smith, the on-point pedagogues at Chrissy’s Dance Academy help funnel youngsters' restless energy into grace, confidence, and full-body fitness. The school introduces students to seven dance disciplines in three joyful studios tailored to specific age groups—for example, Studio 1 caters to teeny dancers with whimsical garden décor and a large bathroom in case of emergencies or embarrassing transmutations into rhinoceroses. Teachers prepare pupils for going on tour with pop stars in hip-hop sessions, demonstrate double-time stomps in clogging classes, and explain how to stealthily irritate coworkers in seated toe tapping. Customers can view the schedule for more information. Classes contain just 8–12 students, allowing for laser-like focus on each two-stepper, who will improve rapidly while sashaying away from lasers. Viewing windows enable proud parents to watch as their children leap like professional frogs, and a variety of eateries and a nearby spa prevent wasted time.
At Just Art, there are no excuses—anyone with a brush can be an artist. And, because brushes—as well as paints, other supplies, and instruction—are all provided, wine- and snack-toting guests can expect to leave each session with their very own masterpiece. Subject matter varies by class, so check the schedule for upcoming classes and the works of art featured.