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, hip-hop, and belly dancing, as well as more progressive classes such as aerial 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 classes, summer camps, and workshops featuring guest artists such as So You Think You Can Dance Australia choreographer Adam Parson.
At Dance Alley Studio, certified Zumba instructors Letty Gomez, Vilma "Chayo" Barreda, and Adriana Flores help people dance their way to a fitter body during fun and convenient morning and evening classes. Inside the wood-floored space, the vibrant lime-green and orange walls complement the high-energy, Latin-inspired beats that emanate from chest-high speakers.
The crew also hosts a Zumba Under the Stars event where kids and adults can try out the upbeat workout, sample refreshments from local vendors, and get their faces painted.
John Gaetano knows what it takes to create an award-winning physique, showing off his skills in the bodies of 2012’s Miss USA winner, a Worlds Gym International Body Transformation winner, and a bevy of other beauty queens from various pageant systems. With 10 years of experience behind him, he helps clients sculpt their silhouettes with both online and in-person training programs. All of his services follow his signature Keep It Simple Strategy, which involves weights, cardio, and the ability to exile cheeseburger cravings to Elba.
Runners start the UV Splash Color Dash in white T-shirts, but by the end, they'll all be wearing the same colorful glow-in-the-dark uniform. As they traverse the 5K course, they'll be gently hit with splashes of UV-colored water. In the nighttime darkness?and under black lights that line the course?the colorful stains will glow, making the cavalcade of runners into a glowing, moving constellation. At the end of the race, each human painting can hang out and replenish in an post-dash celebration.
At Bull Strong Crossfit El Paso, visitors won't find a sleek, shiny fitness center full of saunas and flat-screen televisions. Instead, the gym provides an open-floored warehouse full of rowing machines, free weights, kettlebells, and legions of dedicated athletes. With guidance from seasoned certified trainers, participants push themselves through constantly changing strength and stamina workouts, not only slimming down, but powering up their bodies through bouts of intense exercise.