At ATA Martial Arts, students gain self-defense skills while losing weight. In cardio-based classes, men and women shed extra pounds as they vacillate between high impact moves and punches, and krav maga builds upon adults' natural defensive instincts in a way that also exercises the entire body. Youngsters can also learn important life skills in the kids' martial-arts program, which not only teaches self-defense, but also hones discipline and self-esteem in its pupils.
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, clean facilities, and certified personal trainers. Hop on a cardio machine, possibly including a built-in TV, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, tighten up in the abdominal and functional stretching area, or stick with lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers. Facilities and classes vary by location; weekly classes include Zumba, BodyCombat, yoga, Pilates, group cycling, and lion punching.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
President and vice-president John and Cara Eckerman have developed an efficient boot-camp program that effectively cultivates muscle farms with a fruitful yield. Expert instructors lead new recruits through 45-minute classes that fluidly meld stretching, core-toning, and strength-boosting exercises into full-body fat-blasting sessions. Motivated groups help propel fitness-seekers throughout high-intensity interval training that sheds calories and stress faster than a robo-lion’s rise to the top of the food chain. A convenient schedule will leave busy boot campers with enough time to maintain their normal lives, regular routines, and Chia Pet collections, while indoor facilities ensure that visitors will get a workout regardless of rain, snow, or locust swarms.
Sweat is a common sight at TITLE Boxing Club. That’s because the club’s trainers lead intense hour-long session at the bags, teaching the jabs, roundhouse kicks, and hook punches that burn hundreds of calories per session. Their classes are divided into traditional boxing and kickboxing sessions, with each using the weight of the bag and a client’s own body weight to hone musculature. Classes begin with a warm-up that prevents injuries and strains, then moving onto kicks, punches, and a 15-minute session of core and strength-training exercises. The classes change weekly, allowing clients to fit them easily into busy schedules without having to do strength-training while vacuuming a car’s interior.
Thao Haas and his son Justin so loved paintball that they used to spend hours every Sunday driving from their home to the nearest paintball field. Until the day they decided they could do better. The father and son team spent hundreds of hours compiling lists of what they liked and disliked about each of the fields they frequented, picking and choosing only the best features for what would become Legends Paintball.
Originally a single field on a wooded lot, staff celebrated when the parking lot was paved in 2010, marking the beginning of a major expansion. Today, the original location in The Woodlands sprawls across 12 acres of land, populated by six paintball courses and an admin building with a paint storage facility, which is temperature controlled to preserve paintball quality and taste. On-deck players and observers stay protected from the hot sun under covered staging and picnic areas, while a sky loft givesnon-playing family members a good view of the action on the airball fields. The newly opened satellite location—Legends Tactical—offers even more paintball play spread across a 16 acres, and also features airsoft play.