A chandelier decked out with glass teardrops hangs over slate floors and eclectic decorations inside Sole'renity's historic building, which dates back more than a century. Zebra-striped Victorian-style chairs stand in the waiting area, where the splash of cascading water sounds out from small stone fountains. At nail stations farther inside, techs polish nails and provide paraffin-wax soaks for the toes of clients seated in damask chairs. Massages soothe muscles with hot stones and essential oils, and facials refresh visages by clearing acne, renewing aging skin, and removing expressions stuck on the face after last night's nightmares.
The instructors at Denton Boxing Club teach their students to follow in the footwork and land punches in the fist prints of the great boxers who have come before them. That doesn't mean they're a bunch of roughnecks, though. Rather, they embrace the sport’s classic training style, focusing on fitness during group lessons and reserving actual sparring instruction for private sessions. In addition to arming students with self-defense-style combos, these group classes increase strength through sessions with the heavy bag, and boost stamina with targeted of cardio and endurance work. Designed by actual boxers, classes also torch calories and slim down waistlines, and boost overall fitness with workouts that engage muscle groups throughout the body.
Authentic Yoga Life draws inspiration from Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, a school of hot yoga that focuses on the body as much as the mind. Over many years of studying yoga, Authentic Yoga Life owner Valerie Warren has used the practice to become a more confident person. Her studio aims to create a supportive atmosphere, where people are encouraged to find inner peace as well. Classes are taught in a heated room (typically between 92 and 95 degrees), which encourages safe muscle stretching and body purification.
Mean Green CrossFit director Taylor Compton draws on her 13 years of experience as a competitive gymnast to help exercisers achieve the same physical condition that got her into National Physique Committee shows. After becoming enamored with CrossFit's challenging daily workouts and supportive community, she began taking exercisers of all skill levels under her wing, pushing them to their limits with CrossFit’s individually tailored, high-intensity workouts. Unlike gaudy gyms, Mean Green doesn’t have steam rooms, wall-length mirrors, or butlers that will pedal stationary bicycles for you while you drink a frappuccino. Instead, visitors walk into a no-frills-necessary setting where athletes swing on gymnastic rings, hoist barbells, and pummel punching bags.
Fitness Evolution’s attentive trainers outline nutrition plans for each exerciser, coalescing with workouts to forge total-body health. Patrons submit a filled-in food log each week for analysis by their trainer, who provides suggestions and feedback for continued healthful eating. Meanwhile, clients tackle their fitness goals on an expansive gym floor, where cardio machines border a basketball court that serves as a stage for pickup games or reenactments of Shakespeare’s Space Jam. Resistance machinery and free weights encourage the building of lean muscles, and Fitness Evolution’s group exercise classes pile on peer motivation and calorie-burning camaraderie. While The Ride chauffeurs cyclists on a classic biking challenge that tests legs and boosts heart rates, beginner yoga sessions center the mind and body with poses that leave stretchers feeling centered and relaxed. Strength-training sculpt, advanced power yoga, and hybrid cardio tone classes are also hosted in the mirrored group fitness studio, which allows students to monitor their form and figure out which fellow flexers are really vampires.
Whether seeking a specific sweat session or looking for an intensive cardio overhaul, Diesel Fitness's classes, offered six days a week, cater to every exercising intent. Knead muscles and load biceps with Monday's Buns and Guns class, or sweat out stress with hot yoga on Wednesday evenings. Amenities at Diesel Fitness include a basketball court, an indoor track, free weights, a sauna, a racquetball court, and a cardio room with more than 30 pieces of equipment—one for each ripple in a bodybuilder's pectoral muscle. Diesel Fitness opens at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, allowing roosters to get in a few bench-press reps before heading to work.