For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
The experienced instructors at Amy’s All Star Dance Studio do more than just share the secrets of their rug-cutting skills; they also deliver a healthy jolt of confidence to the dancers with whom they work. The change in attitude—along with newfound fitness—comes about naturally when students of all ages and levels master the graceful flourishes of ballet and acrobatics or quick clacks of tap at weekly dance classes. The studio also houses guitar, piano, violin, and voice lessons, training the next generation of accompanists for dance recitals or Bollywood-themed bank robberies.
After 27 years in the United States Army and 15 years as a master fitness trainer, Trish Fisher understood firsthand what it takes to stay fit, especially when injuries get in one's way. To share her hard-won knowledge with the public, she became DeVoir Fitness Studio's director and began choosing and designing programs to help clients get and stay fit. She works with other trainers who also bring their own expertise to the programs. Together, they teach a wide array of classes that range from proprietary workout programs such as Steel Pilates and R.I.P.P.E.D. to small group-focused, intense workouts such as Boot Camp and T-DeZyne.
Following the CrossFit ethos, instructors design high-intensity workouts that build strong, resilient bodies. Under the guidance of trainers certified in Olympic lifting, gymnastics, and nutrition, students of all fitness levels begin the muscle-manufacturing process with exercises that use only their body weight, such as squats, pushups, and tonguestands. As tone and technique improve, trainers tack on tonnage with sonorous dumbbells and hissing kettle bars, as well as with plyometric boxes and medicine balls. Cardio blasters such as rowing, running, and rope jumping also enliven workouts. In between sessions, jot down nutrition tips from savvy instructors, many of whom prefer the Paleo diet, which emphasizes vegetables, nuts, and freshly caught woolly mammoth over sugary snacks and starch. Instead of scheduled classes, CrossFit Schertz's trainers circulate in the gym, freeing members to work out at their convenience and progress at their own pace.
At Casa Ritmo, a team of upbeat, certified Zumba instructors keep students’ hearts pumping and feet moving with classes in Zumba and Latin dance. Each teacher lends their own personality to Zumba workouts, which blend Latin-inspired dance moves and Latin music to burn calories in a fun, energetic environment. An experienced dancer, owner Melissa also oversees Salsa classes and boot camps, in which beginners learn to handle the dance's tricky steps without twisting an ankle bracelet.
Loka Studios’ pliable professors host yoga and Pilates classes to sculpt physiques of all fitness and experience levels. Among a supportive group atmosphere, students can infuse limbs with fundamental poses in the Yoga the Basics course or learn how to perform the five universal principles of Anusara yoga while filling out tax documents in the Yoga Focus on Form class. Alternately, the Pilates mat sessions use resistance to firm the corpus’ core, and among more specialized classes, the spine-corrector course works to straighten posture and the I-Rest Meditation to straighten the mind’s eye.