CrossFit McKinney's owner, Jeff Sawyer—a USA Nationals Olympic Weightlifting Championship placer and Machado black belt—first heard of the CrossFit workout while teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2005. Skeptical as to whether the regimen, which focuses on moving heavy loads over long distances quickly, was more than a passing fad, he decided to investigate for himself and witnessed first-hand the workout's effectiveness in teaching people how to perform Olympic lifts. Sawyer was finally sold and decided to incorporate CrossFit into his own gym with the help of one of his former students, Eleonora Zalo, a five-time Croatian weightlifting champion and former coach of UFC fighter Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic, and CrossFit-certified instructor Josh Esparza. Together, they lead CrossFit classes, as well as non-contact muay thai kickboxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes for kids and adults. The facility also offers ice-hockey conditioning](http://gr.pn/H49Nz4) and onsite childcare so guests can exercise without needing to find a babysitter or pay the dog to watch the kids.:m]]
At Sunstone Yoga, students radiate calm and self-awareness as they practice ancient poses designed to stretch, strengthen, and purify the body. Instructors complete 500 hours of training in yogic techniques, teaching, and physiology before leading classes, so they can hand out researched, tested tips on safety and alignment. Most classes come in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute varieties and focus on energy or restorative relaxation. A two-class introductory series welcomes beginners with basic standing poses, and the popular fire series explores up to 34 poses in a 99-degree room that loosens muscles to facilitate deeper stretches as it ousts toxins. Filled with soothing music and 90-degree temperatures, the water series cultivates more serenity than getting a massage from a singing whale.
Jeremy D. Jackson holds three distinct certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, from personal trainer to corrective exercise specialist. He understands not only how to build muscle and burn fat, but how the musculature and skeleton should work in concert to keep the body healthy. He puts this knowledge—honed over eight years in the fitness industry—to work in The GetFit Nation's outdoor boot camps held at locations all across Dallas.
Jeremy and his trainers alter their prescribed regimen daily, increasing the rate of calorie consumption and muscle growth by refusing to let their clients' bodies adapt to repetitive motions. Though comprised of an every-changing array of exercises, each complete regimen builds the body's abilities for functional movement, strength, and power.
Brick House's Shannon Caldwell and her twisting team of certified yogis organically intertwine physical and spiritual well-being into fun, creative workouts. Patrons can peruse a varied schedule as flexible as a gummy bear in a sauna to complement their fitness goals. Fledgling frame folders can learn the basics in the beginner course, or practice deep, focused breathing for more upbeat evenings and improved apple-polishing abilities in an all-levels session. VinHatha classes hone health with a hodgepodge of yoga poses and props, and Yin classes foster proper floor postures and sow serenity, emphasizing awareness of bone-deep connective tissues.
Tell us about your business.
We have an art studio where we hold open BYOB painting parties every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. We also book private parties for birthdays, corporate team building, and other events. We provide all supplies and no previous experience is needed.
What kind of training/expertise do you have?
_ We are three owners who are also veteran Art teachers in the McKinney Independent School District. We are also professional artists. Frank Guerra is a mixed-media painter concentrating on portraiture. Leslie Booth is a prolific painter and is gifted with design. [I am] a ceramicist focusing on organic form._
What's the interior decor or vibe of your business like?
Set in downtown McKinney, our upstairs loft is over 100 years old. With exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows and original hardwood floors, the atmosphere is ideal for creative inspiration. Tables are draped with paint-spattered canvas drop cloths, and the walls are adorned with a myriad of paintings which guests may choose to recreate.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We hold a strong philosophy that all people can paint. With the right atmosphere and direction, we aspire to uncover the artist in everyone.