When Yogi Kids founder Liza Doll became a mother of three girls within 18 months, she realized that her new position as a full-time mom wouldn’t allow her to continue working as an elementary-school teacher. She never lost her passion for teaching, however, so she took up every part-time gig she could find, including tutoring, leading Sunday-school classes, and working in preschool physical education. As her kids got older, she found that they began to take an interest in one of her personal passions—yoga. A new idea sprang into her head: she would open a studio where she could combine her love of teaching kids with her love of yoga, facilitating a place where tots could be active while learning how to be calm and self-reflective. Now, along with her cadre of dedicated instructors, "Miss Liza" teaches young'uns to be yogis, offering classes ranging from game-filled preschool sessions to more advanced preteen lessons for kids up to 13 in a non-competitive atmosphere with small student-to-instructor ratios.
To meet the demands of moms and dads, Doll and her team now offer more than 40 adult classes a week, including beginners' yoga, more advanced power yoga, Zumba, and total-body fitness.
Turning Pointe Dance Studio reflects the culmination of a lifelong dream. Since she was 9 years old, Amy Allen has dreamed of establishing her own dance studio. She began her dancing career with the Metrocrest Civic Ballet before acting as the artistic director of a local performing group. Now at Turning Pointe, she passes on her years of training to young and adult dancers alike. She teaches kids the proper technique and vocabulary of tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop while nurturing their self-confidence. Her adult students can explore ballet and tap classes in a relaxed, noncompetitive setting or whip into shape in cardio classes, building the endurance to out-tap-dance a tap-dancing octopus. Her students respond to their instruction with graceful skill and style and have represented the studio in performances at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic halftime show, Six Flags Over Texas, and Walt Disney World.
Brickhouse eschews the traditional gym feel, fostering an unintimidating environment staffed with friendly instructors. Classes at the studio blend dance and aerobics, a combination made even more potent thanks to the upbeat tunes that emanate from high-end speakers. And when the going gets tough, the tough can keep on going thanks to the studio’s specialized floors, which protect joints by absorbing shock about as well as the average newly rejected clown-college applicant.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, a cause-driven organization dedicated to promoting healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility, helps active families forge fit physiques and attain balanced lifestyles with wellness classes, nutrition programs, and trained staff within a positive community atmosphere. The Y offers hundreds of group exercise classes to induce heart-pumping fitness through yoga poses, Pilates, and Zumba dance moves, and 10 outdoor pools and eight indoor pools at select locations allow for low-impact workouts, casual lap swimming, family swimming, and intense Marco Polo matches. Personalized PFP teaches personal-training exercises to those averse to group fitness routines, MEND fights childhood obesity through lessons in nutrition and exercise for children and their families, and YMCA Diabetes Prevention help those at risk maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Parents can workout in peace with complimentary drop-in childcare at several branches, and family programs get relatives sweating together through a range of fun, pressure-free activities, alleviating the awkwardness of father-daughter dance lessons or mother-son paintball tourneys. Additional fees may apply for certain YMCA programs.
Private Workout's efficiency-focused staffers draft half-hour workout regimens specifically designed to meet each client's physical needs and personal-health goals. The trainer explains the workout and introduces all equipment, then evaluates clients' fitness and helps them set goals. Members can then return for their 30-minute sessions, which are held nearly every day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The workouts are designed to keep heart rates up for 30 minutes, which helps stave off disease and ramp up metabolisms. Guests who'd like more individualized attention can also sign up for personal-training sessions to work toward milestones, whether they'd like to tone up for fingerless-glove season or lose weight.
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