Crossties Yoga's founder, registered practitioner Danna West, leads yogis in their quest to foster physical and spiritual harmony during Anusara-influenced yoga sessions. The studio’s varied schedule of classes offers evening and early-morning lessons to accommodate busy students and Coke cans sick of envying the sleek and curvy physique of their bottled counterparts. Yogis of all levels can kick-start their day with Early Stretch sessions, or choose to ease physical tension and foster holistic serenity with the strengthening asanas of Gentle Journey classes. During more challenging Faithful Flow lessons, pupils vogue through sun salutations and dynamic postures, striving to burn excess calories more effectively than blowtorching a burger-bottom sundae. Crossties Yoga's founder strives to share her Yahweh yoga training in a peaceful atmosphere, wrapping up classes with a meditative savasana postures and asking students to refrain from wearing strong perfumes or yoga plants bedazzled with cloves of garlic.
The first time Jessica Sutterfield meets one of her clients, she always starts with a body-composition assessment. By calculating individuals’ lean-mass-to-fat-mass ratios, she’s able to determine their metabolic rates, and from there, determine the number of calories they should aim to burn each day. Her individualized approach has helped a wide range of clients meet their fitness goals. She helped 64-year-old Mary Jarvis get healthy enough to kick her prescription medications, and with her assistance, engaged couple Damon and Stephanie Herbert lost weight before the cameras recorded their wedding day.
Jessica specializes in small-group training at area gyms, a practice that adds a social element to workouts and costs less than completely private sessions or a low-cal diet of $20 bills. She also hosts sport camps, during which athletes of all ages run body-weight drills and do plyometrics to improve their in-game performances.
CrossFit 806's dedicated coaches are extensively trained in the CrossFit regimen, with individual concentrations in football, gymnastics, and power lifting. Their varied backgrounds allow the gym to offer a variety of CrossFit sessions, including ones that cater to newbies, seasoned athletes, teens, and young children. There are also childcare services available onsite, so tykes can stay safe while their parents work out or build treehouses out of free weights.
Question one of the seasoned staff members at Neon Sun Tanning Salon, and they might tell you about the time former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones dropped by for a tan before her concert. Their private studio hums with powerful, professional beds and standup booths, bronzing torsos with warm rays of simulated sunlight.
Head trainer Jeff Cox—a certified instructor and nutrition counselor at Zach’s Club 54—believes that fitness is about more than just the body, stating that “fitness is a positive approach to life incorporating physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects…” This rounded approach to well-being pervades throughout the 35,000-square-foot facility, which cultivates a fun and communal atmosphere to workout, socialize, compete, and play within. Cutting-edge strength-training equipment from brands such as Precor and Hammerstrength bolster muscle mass, a well-stocked cardio theater entertains while quickening heartbeats, three racquetball courts host matches between friends, and an indoor pool welcomes both lap-minded exercises and splash-happy tots. A specialized cycling room and a 2,000-square-foot fitness studio—which houses an array of instructor-led group classes such as yoga, BodyCombat, and Turbo Kick—also send sweat glands into overdrive. A trio of personal trainers, which collectively boast NGA and ISSA certification, stands by to help willing exercisers formulate and achieve individual fitness goals.
Before donning sweatbands and inflatable muscle suits in the locker room, parents can drop kids off at the toy- and media-equipped child waiting area staffed by CPR-certified attendants.
Squalls of kicks and punches descend upon Elite MMA and Fitness each day as trainers at one of the largest MMA facilities in Texas infuse dormant muscles with a heaping dose of thunder. Classes for ages 16 and up combine the principles of combat with the rigors of intensive conditioning in workouts that appeal to fighters of all skill levels. As minds tone their gray matter by contemplating the workout possibilities of an 18,000-square-foot facility, instructors send bodies through a 50-minute gauntlet designed to shatter somnolence and heighten adrenaline to imminent-telemarketing-call levels. Closed fists collide with chiseled stomachs in Body MMA classes that take advantage of more than 5,000 square feet of mats and more than 30 punching bags. Alternatively, students improve their stamina and self-defensive statures in Cardio Kickboxing classes.