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.
Some of the coaches might argue that the real boss at Kodiak CrossFit is the clock. Mounted on the wall, the clock times each workout of the day, or WOD, providing guests with a competitive benchmark for their progress. Still, the environment in the gym is anything but oppressive?coaches and fellow participants egg one another on during class, encouraging everyone to finish that last deadlift, pull-up, burpee, or medicine-ball sized jawbreaker. And though the staff might be "borderline obsessive" about CrossFit, it's only because they've experienced its effects firsthand, having started from the same place as many of their current students.
Although members are free to use any of the Precor, Life Fitness, and Hammer Strength fitness machines that permeate Performant Fitness's facility, they don't have to work out aimlessly. That's because the professional trainers meet one-on-one with clients to formulate a workout plan based on their personal strengths, weaknesses, and fitness goals. These consultations precede fitness classes, such as Zumba and boot camps, as well as personal-training regimens.
Certified massage therapist Galia Statsenko is dedicated to making sure clients leave her massage sessions more relaxed, happy, and loose. Working to unwind tight muscles in the back and neck, she eases long-held tension in the body and promotes healing with her kneading and percussion strokes.