"My dad told me, 'Mijo, no matter what the sport, the best athletes are always in tremendous shape!'" Ren? Armijo says on his website when describing how he came to concentrate on fitness. The boxer would always remember these words, forever seeking out superior health and fitness practices as he worked toward building his fighting career. At Fighter Physique, Ren? combines his experience in the ring with his passion for fitness, joining a team of fellow fighters and exercise aficionados to lead students toward diamond-chiseled physiques.
At the brightly lit studio, a forest of red punching bags abounds with instructors guiding all skill levels through proper boxing and kickboxing techniques, infusing workouts with high-intensity calisthenics and aerobic exercises. The staff opens all of their classes to kids as well, encouraging youngsters to leave behind sedentary lives of playing video games and reading their mothers' diaries in order to build the foundations of invaluable lifelong fitness skills.
Bob Mihalyov endured the challenge of feeding his three children as they were growing up. As he slowly learned to cook, and it was soon apparent that Bob had a knack for the craft. A few years later, he met Vicki, a weight-loss coach, and the two married, building not only a home together but also a business: they combined their talents to start Trinity Health. Passionate about educating the public on healthy lifestyle techniques, they conduct cooking classes, weight-loss training, and body-composition analyses.
They teach courses for couples and singles at 77 Stone in El Paso. In each class, Bob and Vicki demonstrate the preparation of an appetizer, soup, two entrees, and two desserts, fielding students' questions and encouraging them to lick everything.
Creative Expressions creates custom pieces, performs repairs, and offers classes in stained-glass art. Liven up a home or office with luminescent artwork in floral and devotional themes, or enlist founder and owner Joanna Franco to create a custom design that provides a unique alternative to curtains and prevents snoops from plagiarizing your half-finished prequel to Hamlet.
Established in 1886, the YMCA of El Paso today offers pools and fitness facilities alongside a wealth of programs, including swimming lessons, sports leagues, and group exercise classes. Adult and youth swim lessons ($20+) enhance aquatic skills, leaving participants better equipped for a future in which all business deals are transacted in wave pools. Youth can throw, kick, punt, and bounce a variety of balls in the many sports leagues available or scuff up gym floors during ballroom-dancing or hip-hop classes. Family activities such as roller-skating and yoga instill a sense of familial togetherness without the groaning and complaints of bonding events such as family tax filing or family gutter cleaning.
Professional dancer Patchica McCoy of Rhythmic Moves Dance Studio melts waistlines in Zumba dance classes and perfects the moves of dancers age 3 and up in a variety of dance disciplines. Zumba classes use Latin and global beats to inspire dance workouts, achieving energy levels vast enough to shimmy a dwarf planet off its axis. Zumba is offered evenings at Rhythmic Moves, with many calorie-burning sessions to choose from weekly.
Unified by the theme of fire trucks and fairy tales, Panorama's curriculum draws on multiple cultures and disciplines to nurture the natural, borderless curiosity of children ages 5–12. Throughout a four-hour session, experienced multitongued instructors speak in French, Spanish, and English, exposing children to basic greetings and traditional songs, from "bonjour" and "buenos dias" to "hey, I'm walkin' here!" After an exploration of international art, kids draw from a variety of media to create their own piece to take home, along with a photo album culled from lessons in digital photography and HD video. A cooking seminar teaches kids about cuisine and culinary traditions from beyond their borders, bequeathing Panorama aprons, shirts, or Food Network contracts to the young chefs as they whip up firehouse sandwiches and butterfly-apple salad. As each session is limited to a small number of participants, children receive individual instruction within a collaborative atmosphere.