Have Fun Feel Good's certified Zumba instructor Shelia Harris calls her class "happy hour,” and rightly so: each high-energy session gets people shaking their booties and feeling more giddy than if they'd had a few after-work martinis. Shelia also leads 2-mile walks through Bear Creek Park to keep fitness seekers on track and motivated.
At Resurrection Fitness Studio, the staff takes an all-inclusive approach to fitness, working patrons' bodies while nurturing their minds to help them lead an overall healthier lifestyle. Their dynamic boot-camp classes challenge students' brawn with an array of training methods, including circuit training, cardio work, and core exercises. They complement these sessions with stress-relieving sessions of meditation to soothe tension more effectively than lying on a beach as a peaceful manatee brushes your hair. Patrons can work up a sweat while exercising their dance moves in line-dancing classes and Zumba sessions, which set easy-to-follow dance steps to pulsing Latin-inspired beats. In addition to catering their classes to patrons of all fitness levels, they also offer specialty classes for seniors and the visually impaired.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Participants can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Lady of Essence's team of passionate fitness gurus strives to bolster students' physical strength and self-esteem with an array of dynamic workouts, from flirty pole-dancing to fat-burning boot-camp classes. In a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere, students of all shapes and sizes learn how to improve the fire pole with an array of physical feats such as spins, inversions, and seductive dance moves. Other sweat sessions include core-centric Pilates, which utilizes controlled floor exercises to toughen cores and sculpt toned physiques out of blocks of muscle marble, and Zumba classes, which help patrons burn ample calories with Latin tunes, easy-to-follow steps, and a dance floor made of fire. To further their body slimming, guests also receive a Lady of Essence detox meal plan detailing at-home tips for a healthy diet and exercise.
At Leadership Fit, ISSA-certified personal trainer Eric Banks rules with an encouraging fist. During boot camp and personal-training sessions, he motivates exercisers through an assortment of football, weightlifting, and track and field drills. To complement the workouts, he also offers wellness coaching. In addition to providing a fitness plan, wellness coaching provides a meal plan that shows exercisers how many calories and grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrates they need to eat each day and how many they need to throw at the ice-cream man.
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.