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.
Achievers Gymnastics Center's experienced instructors cultivate discipline and flexibility in children of all skill levels during each eight-week gymnastics session. In the preschool class, tiny tumblers (3- to 4-year-olds) will learn the basics of balancing on beams, climbing an animal-themed wall, and making unscathed entrances into laser-guarded candy vaults. Recreational gymnastics courses, which are tailored to different experience levels, help gymnasts aged 5 and up obtain gymnastic mastery over bars, beams, floor routines, and trampolines. Recently graduated babies will further their ascension to adulthood with music, games, and gymnastics in the parent-toddler discovery program, which places participants under the discerning eye of their guardians to develop gross motor skills through exploration-encouraging activities.
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.
After rising through the ranks, taking leadership of an aikido school, and attaining a third-degree black belt, John Thompson decided he wanted to try something that would push him even harder. He tried CrossFit at the urging of his sensei, and was quickly able to feel its positive impact on both his martial-arts practice and everyday life. Now, he shares the system with others through training sessions at CrossFit Denton. Outfitted with everything from pull-up bars to plyo boxes, the gym is specially designed to maximize the impact of the lauded strength-and-conditioning program. There, exercisers bust through whole-body workouts, which change every day to encourage muscle confusion and prevent burnout.
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.
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.