Named Best Honey in 2008 by the Dallas Observer, Round Rock Honey's 100% natural local wildflower honey is harvested from more than 90 sites by owners Konrad and Elizabeth Bouffard and their crews of trained beekeepers. With precision, they remove the liquid gold from hives by centrifuge, ensuring that pollen, trace minerals, and complex sugars are never compromised during the honey harvest. They then pour the honey through a stainless-steel sieve to remove potential bee legs and wings, wax caps, and miniature tiaras before bottling it and selling it to specialty stores, farmer's market visitors, and online customers.
A similar procedure happens in other parts of the country at Round Rock's beekeeping schools. During classes, Konrad Bouffard and Beekeeping Academy teachers impart their beekeeping knowledge upon suited-up students while they extract honey from a live beehive. Along the way, novices learn about the finer points of raising bees and keeping them healthy, as well as bee handling and lullaby-buzzing.
Using vibrant colors to dress human flesh, artists transform people into works of art at ABC Bodyart. A peek into the gallery shows images of people wearing clothes, patterns, and fur where there is none, their skin covered in expertly applied paint, temporary tattoos, and henna. The body-art outlet offers up models to paint during classes and private events and also caters to kids with face-painting packages.
The instructors at FiTMiX Yoga & Latin Fitness Studio speak both English and Spanish, but they focus all of their classes on the universal language of fun. They lead energetic yoga classes, sustaining poses to help students develop strength and flexibility. They incinerate calories with high-energy Zumba workouts fueled by contagious Latin rhythms. They also teach aerial silks classes, which tone the upper body and the core muscles with exciting, gravity-defying routines. To keep students sufficiently energized, they even provide healthy snacks for people and low-calorie gasoline for robots.
At Committed2Fitness, if you run 5 miles, personal trainer Chris Green is going to run 5 miles with you. An ACE-certified trainer and Houston native, Chris wants he and his clients to achieve their goals together, which inspires him to work just as hard as his clients do. Chris leads individual and group programs, during which he drills athletes in exercises such as battle ropes, cardio boxing, sprinting, core work, and resistance-band training. Chris has multiple areas of specialization, including weight loss, constitution and endurance work, and muscle training.
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.
At Crossfit Urban Animal, certified coaches Drew and Jenna ready their charges for all kinds of physical challenges with the CrossFit system. The trainers can lead their clients through a series of functional-movement exercises that enhance all 10 fitness domains such as strength, stamina, balance, and agility. Drew and Jenna's daily workouts contain a mixed bag of exercises, including weightlifting, box jumping, and rope climbing. They cycle through exercises quickly to keep muscles from plateauing, and they change those exercises each day to keep participants from lethargy. While this sculpts all muscle groups, they also chose the system for its scalability. Even in group sessions, they can tailor workouts to each participant's skills and abilities. For those that work better one on one, they also offer personal training.