At 27,000 square feet, Gladiators Gym towers above lesser fitness facilities with an impressive weight room stacked with conventional weights and unconventional equipment. Serious skiers and snowboarders can also take advantage of the gym’s downhill simulation equipment—a revolving carpet that creates a platform for ski and snowboard lessons and recreation. Athletes train with the usual gear, but they can also build their strength and endurance with specialty equipment such as battle ropes, TRX suspension gear, two Austin Legdrive machines, and cones for agility drills. Artificial turf lines the floor to recreate outdoor workouts, which include agility drills and power drills such as tire flipping.
The trainers at Natural Talent Martial Arts and Fitness collectively hold more than 45 world titles. Armed with competition experience and years of training, they introduce kids and adults to the core values and principles behind martial arts. Beginning with students as young as 3, they offer kids karate classes that focus on cementing combat techniques while also instilling respect, honor, discipline, and self-respect into each pupil. They train adults in mixed martial arts and fitness kickboxing, and also hold Zumba classes for fitness-minded fighters.
Within a wood-floored studio jam-packed with exercise balls and resistance machines, certified trainers Amanda Kemp-Grant and Caroline Soul work to create a welcoming atmosphere where students of all shapes and sizes can work toward their goals of losing weight, toning up, or figuring out the location to Joseph Pilates' hidden treasure. The duo combine their wealth of experience—which collectively includes backgrounds in Pilates, yoga, spinning, body building, and a bouquet of other modalities—to craft and helm a selection of dynamic classes that includes mat-based Pilates, machine-based Pilates, indoor cycling, and ballet-inspired barre.
Soothed sighs and breathless chatter fill Alvin Health & Wellness Center, attesting to spa services and heart-pumping fitness classes. Stones for back massage soak up warmth as aromatherapy oils fill the air, and massage artists pack together algae mud wraps. The staff also leads cardio-kickboxing and fitness-boot-camp classes to better bodies as well as minds and self-defense classes that teach pupils to fight off overly aggressive car-wash mascots.
Donovan Greer spent seven seasons playing football in the NFL. After hanging up his shoulder pads, he returned to his native Houston to put his athletic ability to work in another way—as owner of Pro Dynamic Fitness. Adults can work out in myriad classes, becoming more flexible in yoga, gaining endurance in spin class, or building core muscles in TRX. Kids, too, can work on fitness in personal and group sessions. The gym also offers training for young athletes hoping to win gold medals or young mathletes hoping to win Fields Medals.