At Yoga Collective, dedicated yoga practitioners lead classes through a variety of yoga disciplines in sunny studios with huge windows, rich wooden floors, and a peaceful atmosphere. Rookies can start off with beginning yoga, and more familiar students can experience the breaths and postures of Vinyasa, the slower pace of Hatha yoga, or the slowest pace of trying to fit oneself into a duffle bag. Workshops help students work on their individual issues, ranging from chakra-balancing to meditation immersions. Yoga Collective offers drop-in classes and monthly passes, as well as a lifetime membership that grants the holder discounts on things such as classes and boutique merchandise.
Husband and wife Rhabby and Corrie both pursued fitness throughout their lives, studying martial arts, practicing yoga, and toning their cores with Pilates. But when they first heard of Zumba, Rhabby dismissed it as overhyped. Tatiana, however, had always wanted to learn the Latin dances, and eventually she convinced her husband to be her class partner. To their surprise, they found the first five minutes of class so intense they weren?t sure they could finish. But finish they did, and they loved it so much they even went on to become instructors. Eventually, Rhabby, Corrie, and Tatiana founded Tropa Z Fitness to share their exercise passion with others.
The three owners ? along with their other skilled teachers ? now shake hips five days a week in their Zumba classes. Rhabby reports that in addition to burning calories, Zumba?s ample hip movements have improved his martial arts, giving him increased flexibility and stronger kicks. The instructors also teach youth classes, helping kids express themselves through hip-hop dance moves, rather than by throwing rotten tomatoes.
Certified personal trainer Ryan Monceaux and the staff at Houston Trainers believe in pushing students to their limits to get the best results. In addition to small group training, Houston Trainers also offer semiprivate sessions, and boot-camp classes.
The stiff white collar that comes with an eight-hour-a-day desk job can feel pretty stifling. Steve Kozakov opened Slava Boxing to help America's office workforce cut loose, beating stress and inactivity in his high-energy boxing classes. Steve sticks to the classic training principles and exercises that professional fighters use when getting in the ring, though there's one key difference: He never expects his students to actually fight. Instead, he treats his regimens as a fun way to get into shape, make a few friends, and blow off some pent up steam, preferably while releasing the long, high-pitched scream of a teakettle on the hunt.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
For Turkan Aydogmus, yoga and dance are much more than exercises—they're a way of life. She founded Samadhi Yoga & Dance to share this belief with others in hopes they would experience the enlightenment, inner peace, and passion that the art forms sparked in her. Along with her team of instructors, Turkan conducts a wide range of classes that incorporate the physical, emotional, and spiritual. This includes kundalini yoga, a consciousness-raising form of yoga that focuses on specific mental or physical issues; tribal fusion belly dance, a communal form of the serpentine dance style; and yogalates, a blend of yoga and Pilates performed on mats and optionally poured into an espresso beverage.