Funtastic Punch is an educational and recreational facility that emphasizes imagination with a variety of children's exhibits. Eschewing tokens or video-game screens, the space houses interactive exhibits such as a stage, farmers market, and animal hospital filled with stuffed animals. As little ones cavort with exhibits and each other, parents can relax in a lounge with wireless Internet and exercise equipment.
Under the guidance of general manager David Romo and jiu-jitsu black belt Jeff Vigil, Gracie Barra El Paso’s aspirant jiu-jitsu martial artists learn more than 100 technique combinations, strengthening mind and body and developing self-defense skills. The facilities boast more than 1,500 square feet of mats and conditioning equipment to assist martial artists of all experience levels.
Chris Pedroza doesn’t understand bicep curls and overhead presses. These fabricated movements, after all, aren’t typically found outside the gym, so Pedroza—owner of and trainer at Supreme Assailant—instead encourages his clients to mimic practical moves, like the ones they perform in everyday life, but with a bit more spirit. His 60-minute training sessions are crash courses in strength and endurance. They combine plyometrics and agility drills with resistance training, creating one intense effort to shed weight and sculpt toned muscles. Exercisers of all shapes, sizes, and ability levels can sign up, from those looking to drop their couch-potato flab to bodybuilders who yearn for a workout that doesn’t require a bright-orange spray tan. No matter what shape a client is in, Pedroza customizes classes to each individual by scaling moves up or down, depending on who performs them.
CrossOver Fitness is a one-stop shop for sweating off pounds. Trainers lead boot-camp clients through exercises that utilize oversize ropes, barbells, medicine balls, and kettlebells. On select days, workouts are done outside, where people also flip giant tires, pull giant tires from a harness strapped to the back, and use the tires as hula hoops.
The professionals at Honors Golf Academy take into account the fact that players gravitate to the greens for different reasons, and so they cater to both the casual swinger and the scratch golfer during private and group lessons. Drawing on more than a decade of experience with teaching golf, the academy’s certified instructor—who has a handicap of zero himself—employs video analysis to break down the elements of students’ swings. Lessons can focus on anything from driving form to putting endgame, and take place in the academy’s enclosed hitting area or out on the fairways, where students tackle a nine-hole course under the guidance of their mentor. Honors Golf Academy also pairs clients with custom Acer and Power Play clubs, ensuring that each new acquisition is the right fit.