Ashley Bristo leads every Zumba class as if it were a party. Admittedly, these parties use dance-inspired cardio exercises to provide an invigorating, full-body workout, but the pulsing Latin soundtrack and infectious energy help keep students' moving. Attendees don't even need any previous dance experience since participating is as simple as watching Ashley perform the easy-to-learn moves and then following her lead. Regular exercise is rarely enough to see true weight loss though?regardless of how often students attend or how many layers of chainmail they wear to the studio?which is why Ashley also offers nutritional guidance intended to help people begin making healthier lifestyle choices outside of class.
At Yoga Up, instructors help you elevate your yoga practice?literally. They specialize in aerial yoga, a style of practice that sees practitioners posing and moving in mid-air with assistance from ceiling-mounted slings. These slings, called yoga hammocks, help decompress the spine and tone muscles as students move, shifting between upside-down and horizontal positions without ever touching the ground. Students follow the instruction of studio owner Jheni Solis, who draws from a background in dance and fitness to lead workouts that help develop strength and flexibility, while also teaching students to focus on their breath and better empathize with the local sloth population.
Austin Fit Magazine named RockBody Boot Camp its Best Boot Camp of 2011 and also lauded its owner, Brian Prinzo, as one of the city’s Top 10 Fittest Trainers in 2010. But for Brian and his staff of experienced trainers, it’s not about the accolades; it’s about helping others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Classes eschew routine courses of treadmills and bench presses for a variety of challenging workouts that put participants through a mash-up of strength, core, cardio, and interval training designed to push them to their personal limits. Best of all, the workouts provide the motivation and accountability needed to help exercisers push past plateaus, and exercises can be tailored to accommodate many fitness levels and concerns, such as arthritis, body pain, and conjoined sweatbands.
After eight months of taking Zumba classes, Dominique Lasha?e had a sudden realization?this was the longest she?d ever been committed to a fitness routine. The now-certified Zumba instructor, who has owned a marketing and event company for more than 16 years, combines her party-planning experience and love of Zumba workouts to host infectious dance parties and fitness conferences. Drawing from a range of easy-to-follow international dance moves including Latin styles, hip hop, meringue, reggae, and cumbia, she helps guests of all ages and abilities achieve their fitness goals while simultaneously preparing them to reign victorious in-office dance-offs that determine who gets promoted. High-energy international tunes fuel guests as they shimmy and shake their way towards overall well-being.
Abiding by the Center for Outdoor Ethics’ Leave No Trace principles, the adventurous guides at North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center train bodies and minds to venture into deep wildernesses or up sheer cliffs without marring nature with evidence of their excursions. A map room and library help climbers plot eco-conscious regional excursions near Mineral Wells or the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge or explore wilderness courses that reveal Guadalupe National Park’s steep summits or Ouachita National Forest’s uniformed raccoon park rangers. Dominated by a soaring 120-foot climbing wall, the center’s gym bustles with preparatory activity as guides test students’ ascent abilities and improve their form with instructive, one-on-one critiques.
A.F.T Training Center’s mission is to help you and your family achieve your fitness goals. With childhood obesity and diabetes on the rise, we are committed to helping you provide a fun and exciting way for your children to be actively engaged in exercise that will change their lives.