Velocity's coaches, many of whom are trained in kinesiology and exercise science, lead heart-pounding fitness programs for adults and children ages 8 and older. The one-hour movement sessions gather an ever-shifting array of exercises calculated to increase kids' speed and agility and challenge grownups' coordination more than their offices' annual air-hockey-based performance reviews. Small groups of 15 people work to reach their peak performance level under the coach's custom-tailored tutelage. After the program, strengthened bodies may measure their tangible successes in greater endurance, improved metabolism, and an abandoned belief that stale Twizzler jousts counts as exercise.
Surya Center for Yoga founder Lisa Marshall discovered yoga while she was pregnant, when she used the ancient practice as a way to calm and strengthen her body and create a better environment for her little-one-to-be. The Surya Center for Yoga community is available to students seven days a week, and they can drop in on classes in 10 distinct modalities, including sessions exclusively for beginners and all-levels classes. A stable of 10 certified instructors guides students through sessions such as a 60-minute gentle Hatha-style yoga class designed to calm the mind and reduce stress, or a Wednesday-night candlelight session that incorporates blocks, straps, and blankets to ease inflexible joints or injured limbs into position more gently than a lamb moves a Jenga block.
The founders of Studio 108 Yoga, Eagan and Kim Wilson, lead a highly experienced team of instructors as they steep people in a serene space conducive for meditation. Kim and her cadre of seasoned yogis lead session of Gentle, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin and Tantric Hatha Yoga, in a comfortable learning center that is warm enough for muscles to stretch safely without sustaining injury or insults from spiteful snowmen. In two rooms outfitted with sustainable bamboo flooring and custom murals, students can cycle through myriad classes or get advice from instructors on which version of yoga might best suit them.
Inside Studio 108 lies a separate body-toning facility: Elite Self Defense Training, which specializes in self-defense and kempo karate classes. Its black-belt instructors teach men, women, and children how to defend themselves against punches, knives, and guns. They also tailor their classes to suit each group, which might mean teaching children how to defend themselves against a bully or men how to protect themselves in a bar fight.
If you ask a professional cheerleader how she got her toned physique, agile limbs, and powerful muscles, she might point you to Jay and Lin Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo are the brains behind Jay Johnson's Boot Camp Fitness—an exercise program designed to slim waistlines and pump up muscles of students of all abilities, from fitness newbies to professionals and prestigious clients such as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge.
Drawing from their extensive training in the US Army and years of fitness experience, the pair and a staff of elite trainers—including professional football players and mixed martial artists—lead boot-camp programs in the Dallas area. Within parks, fields, and parking lots, they conduct high-intensity workouts, keeping patrons engaged with constantly varied regimens, along with games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts. They focus on functional training throughout the sessions, challenging students to heave barbells, flip tractor tires, and lug fire hoses.
The trainers also offer a specialized cheerleading boot camp ideal for high-school teams training for upcoming seasons or assistant grocery managers seeking ways to motivate their teams of disillusioned bag boys.
Rebecca Winters operates the BYOB painting studio Art in the Vine. In easy-to-follow classes aimed at artists young and old, Becca and her staff provide step-by-step instructions to create wall-ready paintings. Classes on Sunday - Thursday are open to children 14 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult painter during evening sessions. Children under the age of 18 cannot attend Friday or Saturday evening classes. Kidz classes are available for children ages 5 - 13 on Saturday mornings.