It’s sometimes incredible to fathom just how many people are behind one movie: you need a group to write a script, draw up storyboards, direct, act, hold the camera, do makeup...the list goes on. Casting all these roles is a familiar task to Suezean Matarazzo and Nicholle Walton-Durban, both veterans of the film industry. At Austin Film and Arts Academy, they teach elementary- through high school-aged students how to collaborate on a short movie of their own.
In the academy's main digital filmmaking course, students go from developing their ideas to shooting and lighting each scene on location. While they focus on the bigger picture, other participants refine more specialized skills, such as choreographing stunts, creating horror makeup, or keeping the crew away from craft service before lunch.
Classes stay small, so the academy's roster of instructors and guest speakers—such as casting agents and stuntmen—can grant each student personalized attention. Every session culminates in a final project, such as auditioning on camera or, in the case of digital filmmaking, receiving a DVD of your movie along with a customized poster.
The certified personal trainers at APF Fitness are dedicated to helping their clients achieve their fitness goals through small-group boot-camp classes. Held in a spacious indoor facility, the classes incorporate strength, cardio, and endurance activities to help build muscle and burn fat in a fast-paced, supportive environment.
Led by head instructor Gary A. Schill, who has 37 years of martial-arts experience, Peak Performance Training Center instills life skills and strength in fitness-hungry students. A cadre of MMA programs spans martial arts from A to Z—from the ground-fighting smarts of Gracie jiujitsu to the elbows- and knees-focused training of muay thai—and the Full Body Fitness program includes personal training, boot camps, sport-specific training, olympic weight lifting, and yoga.
Breath and Balance Bodyworks likes to keep things personal. The husband-and-wife duo of William Lee Miller, a registered yoga teacher, and Rainbough Phillips, a licensed massage therapist, helm the small studio, offering private yoga sessions and a concise, yet effective menu of massage services. In addition to private yoga, Miller leads fun kids' yoga classes that help tykes with flexibility and teaches them that "namaste" isn't just something you say when someone sneezes. Phillips, meanwhile, offers a variety of massage treatments that pay equal attention to the mind and the body. She soothes tension and relaxes clients with hot-stone, trigger-point, yoga sage, and chair massages.
Motivation to work out sometimes requires that you light a fire inside yourself, but not the kind you endured during your fire-eating internship at the circus. For $69, today's Groupon gets new clients four weeks of unlimited sessions at Camp Gladiator (a $160 value). This deal is good during any of Camp Gladiator's 36 workout times at all Dallas-area locations. Bring your own mat, towel, water, and sweat (and for the truly prepared, a jump rope and pair of dumbbells).
Camp Gladiator is a fitness boot camp far different than the boot camp disobedient teenagers are sent to on Maury. Feel the burn under the watchful eye of experienced trainers in a program founded by Ally Davidson—also known as the 2008 American Gladiator Grand Champion. No drill sergeants will be barking commands through cigars as you drop and give them 200 push-ups in the rain at this fitness boot camp, but there will be obstacle courses, tug of war, plyometrics, sprint and agility drills, and, well, some push-ups. As with personal trainers, fitness boot camps deliver results. Unlike with personal trainers, however, this deal lets you attend as many sessions as you like at whatever location you choose.
Regardless of how many times you have been named American Gladiator or Ninja Warrior, fitness boot camp is beneficial for those looking to lose some pounds, try something new, or gain the endurance that cheetahs would and have killed for.
Seven Yelpers and three Google Mappers give Camp Gladiator five stars:
- I Love Camp Gladiator. – Lori P., Yelp
- This bootcamp will kick your ass and then laugh while you lie writhing on the floor...but in a good way! – Jessica M., Yelp
- This class is so much fun that you lose track of how much work you are actually doing. The instructors are very motivational! – Scott, Google Maps
As children grow, their minds begin to grasp the routines in their lives and create habits that stay with them as they age. That's why the founder of Little Turtle Yoga believes that yoga classes for kids can be so beneficial. In addition to boosting strength and flexibility, yoga helps children obtain a calmness and personal awareness that can be translated to all sorts of activities, such as doing homework and trading currency futures. Each Little Turtle yoga class incorporates games, music, and storytelling to engage imaginations while developing coordination. In addition to classes, the Mini Yogis–certified instructor also hosts yoga parties for ages 3 and older.