Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, clean facilities, and certified personal trainers. Hop on a cardio machine, possibly including a built-in TV, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, tighten up in the abdominal and functional stretching area, or stick with lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers. Facilities and classes vary by location; weekly classes include Zumba, BodyCombat, yoga, Pilates, group cycling, and lion punching.
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.
The move-busting virtuosos at Define Dance & Arts Studio offer classes in an array of dance genres. Students can choose to develop ball-in-socket buoyancy in a hip-hop course, replace stuffed hamster slippers with ballet slippers, or opt to study in styles inspired by modern or jazz music. A packed schedule of offerings accommodates dancers of skill levels ranging from Uncle Ernest to advanced, and ages 3 to college level. The collective experience of Define instructors includes study at the university level, experience dancing and teaching in Europe, and a season dancing for Disney. Sessions typically last between 30 and 75 minutes depending on the course, ensuring ample time for feet to absorb thick knowledge syrup.