Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson’s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology from Texas State University. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." Her boot camps have since expanded to 17 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of any age and fitness level through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010–2012 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Bootcamp 2012 from Austin Fit Magazine .
Soft music banishes quotidian concerns at Dr. Nancy's Day Spa, where Dr. Nancy MacDonald clears skin with botanically derived facials and heals clients with chiropractic care. An exfoliating papaya-enzyme peel fuzzes out scars and aging spots, and the one-two punch of a microdermabrasion with mini facial is especially effective on clients with acne-prone skin. The doctor's chiropractic adjustments align spines and rescue pinched nerves so that clients don't have to forage for replacement skeletons in the Neander Valley. Scents of lavender and warm french vanilla waft through the air inside the spa, joining with the purple walls to recall sunny Provençal fields.
All or Nothing’s trainers go all out to foster an energetic, upbeat environment where those of all fitness levels can bolster strength, agility, and stamina through the CrossFit system. They subscribe to the method because of its efficacy and efficiency, as each intense daily workout employs all muscle groups for total-body fitness. Exercises are based on functional, everyday movements and utilize a variety of equipment, including weights, plyometric boxes, and gymnastics rings. And because of the functional movements and varied exercises, they can prep their charges to safely master all manner of physical activities, from sports to daily chores.
A former brickyard may not be the first place one would think to build a golf course, but Old Brickyard Golf Course has succeeded in turning the one-time site of Ferris Brick Company into a fun-and-surprising 6,486-yard layout. By working around three former quarries, the course architect added stark elevation changes and wide-open vistas to the par 71 course. TifEagle greens roll atop land that was once nothing but rugged, natural clay, creating smooth, fast surfaces that make any two-putt a tricky proposition. Before taking to the course, golfers energize with hot dogs and drinks at the clubhouse, warm up swings at the all-grass driving range, or bury time capsules in the practice bunker so they can remember what life was like before their 18-hole rounds.
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Yoga 4 Love founder Lisa Ware is a true renaissance woman. As a registered yoga instructor, reiki master, cosmetologist, public speaker, co-founder of the OneYogaUSA Dallas Yoga Conference + Music Fest, she brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to each lesson, often inspiring her client base by repeating the mantra, “Expanding Our Horizons... Inspiring Positive Change!” She also encourages students to swing by the studio for heated and nonheated yoga classes, specialized sports injury recovery and private classes, or services from Dragonfly Spa, which offers detox nutrition programs, Thai yoga bodywork, and reiki healing sessions.
Beyond yoga, the studio also offers dance classes, life-coaching services, nutritional education, workshops, and "Yoga 4 Goddesses" retreats. They also facilitate teacher-training programs and encourage staff and contributors alike to blog on their site.