Fred Astaire Dance Studio's retinue of step-savvy instructors transforms clunky feet into sashaying instruments through a quartet of private and group dance classes. During the 45-minute private lessons, students and their optional partners learn basic footwork while building the confidence necessary to take a spin on the dance floor or backflip into a corporate rival's cubicle. Covering the basics of Latin, ballroom, swing, and country-western dancing, individual lessons cater to a student’s specific needs before letting them loose during the 45-minute group classes. Accompanied by 8–30 other amateur rug cutters, these communal dance lessons bolster partnership, timing, and rhythm, and keep feet agile enough to maneuver the punch-bowl stampedes of modern dance floors.
Arts and crafts might seem like a solo activity, but Ink It Up owner Jenn knows it doesn't have to be. The amiable artisan believes her passion is only more enhanced when shared with a group. And together with her network of clients and fellow crafters, she holds weekly meet-ups during which she teaches new techniques for making clever, handmade, and functional paper-based projects. Though the themes often change, her two-hour workshops have previously focused on making decorative bags, playful cards, and working sinks from paper. Sessions also often include goodie bags or other treats that students get to take home.
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.
Renee and Jeff Battenberg, a 7th-degree and 6th-degree tae kwon do black belt, respectively, head up the coaching team at Battenberg's Black Belt Academy. The academy teaches tae kwon do, and tai chi to kids, teens, and adults. Fitness kickboxing courses utilize workout bags and shadow boxing to provide a dynamic non-contact workout. Their women's self-defense seminar teaches effective combat techniques in only two hours.
Doctors and nurses at Physicians Weight Loss Centers guide width-whittling in medically supervised weight-loss programs. The programs give clients a jump-start on healthful eating and fitness habits, putting an end to diets composed solely of deep-fried wedding cakes. Diet counselors help clients reinvent their eating habits with the assistance of multivitamins and mineral tablets, which aim to suppress cravings for sugar while boosting metabolism. Vitamin-B12 and Vitamin Cocktail injections seek to increase energy and possible benefits also include strengthened concentration and a more chipper mood.
Some of the more intensive programs include complete doctor's exams, biometrics analyses, lab work, and EKGs. These programs can focus on the reduction of either carbohydrate or fat consumption.
Designed to be challenging, yet accessible to guests of all ages and fitness levels, the CrossFit regimen uses high-intensity sequences of functional exercises to create new full-body workouts each day. These functional exercises are inspired by the sorts of movements that people may perform in everyday life, such as pushing, pulling, jumping, throwing, and giving piggyback rides to everyone on the block. By incorporating some elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, and track and field into each workout, CrossFit Haste's coaches help students develop greater strength and endurance over time. Attendees have complete control over their own workouts, which means that they can scale the load as well as the intensity of each exercise. Additionally, the coaches demonstrate proper technique and offer supportive guidance throughout each session, helping students challenge themselves while minimizing the risk of injury.