The Mind Body Studio's instructors believe that physical and mental balance can be achieved at varying speeds. From the slow, deliberate poses of hot yoga to the lively, energized dance steps of Zumba, their fitness programs forge an increased connectivity between muscles and minds. The certified instructors correct students' Pilates positioning aboard mats and Reformers, and Active Isolated Stretching sessions help them ease tension in connective tissues. The group and private classes accommodate guests of all skill levels, who can later impress the onsite massage therapist with their ability to infinitely hold the napping human yoga pose.
At CrossFit 915, certified CrossFit trainers design a different Workout of the Day (WOD) every day. Fusing elements of different approaches to fitness such as cardio, strength training, weightlifting, gymnastics, and plyometrics, workouts help prepare athletes for varied, functional fitness. The WOD will never be the same, but students may perform moves such as weightlifting, kettlebell training, chin-ups, rowing, Atlas stone hauling, or dips on suspended gymnastics rings.
Though Encore Crossfit’s certified trainers come from diverse athletic backgrounds—Fernanda Magaña is a personal trainer and weightlifter, and Cristobal Chavez is a professional gymnast and martial artist—they have one thing in common: a passion for the CrossFit program's blend of varied, functional movements. Workouts change from day to day, but often incorporate running, jumping, pressing objects over the head, deadlifting, and rowing—all deemed "functional" exercises because they focus on movements that the body does naturally. In their expansive fitness center, barbells, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and plyo boxes take the place of typical gym staples such as cardio machines and cardboard cutouts of Mr. T. Each workout of the day (WOD) is scalable to suit any level of fitness, and instructors further help their clients reach fitness goals with nutrition guidance.
Healthy U aims to provide its clients with a total wellness center, improving their lives through a combination of healthy eating, lifestyle guidance, and exercise. Work up a sweat during fun and calorie-burning Zumba workout sessions, or meet with a personal trainer to design a routine that will finally evict those burritos that long overstayed their welcome. For a healthier snack alternative, sidle up to the smoothie bar for a drink packed with up to 15 grams of protein, whipped into flavors such as strawberry banana and dutch chocolate.
After spending years immersed in the fitness and athletic industries, Ernesto McLaurin and Kim Brutzman had grown weary of the monotonous exercise equipment found in large corporate gyms. On their search for a more substantial form of fitness free from bulky machines, the two trainers fell in love with the CrossFit program’s high-energy, functional-movement-based workout routines, eventually joining forces to form CrossFit El Paso in 2006. They stuff their Eastside and Westside locations with simple resistance-training equipment, free weights, and kettlebells, conducting CrossFit classes throughout the week with the help of certified instructors. In addition to leading rigorous CrossFit workouts, they provide students with nutritional guidance and host regular health seminars. They also offer a FemmeFit class, where women and male comedians in convincing makeup can practice CrossFit workouts specifically designed for the female body.
The smiles that instructors so often see on the faces of pupils at Dancer's Studio tell them their students are having fun as they learn new modes of physical expression. Experienced teachers lead classes in dance disciplines such as jazz, modern, ballet, hip-hop, and salsa, as well as more progressive classes such as yoga and tumbling. During aerial dance classes, students dangle from suspended hoops and sashes as they perform graceful maneuvers and keep their toes off imaginary hot-lava floors. Students also travel to competitions. The studio often holds special break-dancing and capoeira classes, summer camps, and workshops featuring guest artists such as So You Think You Can Dance Australia choreographer Adam Parson.