A glance at Frisco CrossFit's lineup of coaches reveals a broad spectrum of individuals—a gymnast, a softball player, someone who was just looking to lose some weight, a military serviceman, and an Olympic hopeful. This diverse background reflects the goal of CrossFit, which is to reject specialization in favor of workouts that build fitness for everyone, no matter their age, starting health, or goals. The ever-changing Workout of the Day mixes up exercises such as plyometrics, kettlebell swings, and gymnastics. Each exercise is adaptable to an easier or more difficult version based on fitness level. The gym is decidedly low tech, favoring equipment such as pull-up bars and jump ropes to keep the small-group classes focused on the workouts.
The coaches acquaint prospective members with CrossFit through trial classes and the On Ramp program, which introduces newbies to the fundamental movements. They also keep participants motivated by posting success stories, nutrition tips, and advice on fitting in 25 hours of sleep each day.
Inspired by New York City's The Actors Studio, thespians Erica and Shane Peterman established The Acting Studio as a place for youngsters and adults with acting aspirations to focus on their craft. Along with experienced dancer Kellie Carroll, the Petermans train students on musical-theater fundamentals in classes that range from jazz dance to private voice lessons. The advanced Triple Threat program places pupils intending to pursue a performing-arts career under the tutelage of industry pros who prep them for performances. Kids more interested in dabbling, meanwhile, can meet industry bigwigs at workshops, and several full-scale productions each year grant children the chance to act alongside their peers and improvise dance numbers.
Fitness specialist and certified nutritionist Ron Lyons wasn’t always so svelte. Before he became a health guru, Ron was a police officer, but his 240-pound frame didn’t fit with the position. It wasn’t until a suspect in a DWI case resisted arrest and outran Ron, leaving him unable to call for backup, that he buckled down. Now, 16 years later, he helms Ultimate Body Studios, sharing the fitness and nutrition skills he has learned and mastered along the way. He leads seminars, grocery store tours that teach healthy shopping habits, and a weight loss and exercise program that combines healthy eating with effective exercise techniques. With continued dedication to the program, some of his students have lost more than 150 pounds, or roughly one ACME cartoon anvil.
The staff at Kids-N-Art come from many backgrounds, but all share degrees in arts or education and buckets of enthusiasm. Summer camps introduce projects such as throwing clay on a pottery wheel or rehearsing a musical to be performed at the end of the session. Kids’ classes develop skills in painting, mixed media, and cartooning, and events such as Parents’ Night Out let kids take a break from nagging their moms and dads to clean their rooms and relax with some pizza and games.
At Sip-n-Doodle, colors swirl, spread, and mix over canvases while lively conversations crackle. Artists walk students through step-by-step instructions, helping them fashion their own interpretation onto a painter?s canvas. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and a beverage of their choice, the better to sip as they daringly work outside the lines. The studio provides all the necessary painting supplies, cups, and bottle openers, as well as blow dryers should works not be completely dry by the end of the night.
The Music Institute of North Texas is more than a music studio. We strive to give the most compelling music lessons and complete music learning experience possible. That’s why we make sure all our university-trained teachers are highly motivated and highly responsive to each student’s needs, abilities, and interests.