Armed with various facilities, group classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, 24 Hour Fitness molds amorphous adobe muscles into rock-solid flesh houses. Each location boasts cardio equipment, free weights, a steam room, and group exercise classes so social gym junkies can motivate each other. Group cycling sessions burn calories and increase energy levels, and Latin dance-influenced Zumba classes present a fun, dynamic way to slim meat suits. Before breaking a sweat, check the online schedules for upcoming times.
As a personal trainer, Shirley Schuppenhauer likes to keep students guessing, tossing out a variety of workout options and letting them decide what fits. Her husband Lee is also serious about fitness, leading classes while training for an upcoming Ironman. Together, they head the diverse team of certified trainers at Elite FX Studios. Throughout the 8,000-square-foot facility, exercisers sweat their way through blistering boot camp classes or personal training sessions. Students bounce from spinning and aerobic exercise to tickling fast-twitch muscles with dumbbells, Bosu balls, and cast-iron feathers. Elite FX Studios also offers a specialized Girls Club boot camp, where ladies master kickboxing punches and kettlebell swings.
Karen Mones's passion for fitness began at a young age, exercising to Jane Fonda videos with her mother. She went on to play softball, earn her bachelor's in exercise and sports science, and obtain six instructor certifications in everything from yoga to strength training. She founded Houston Adventure Boot Camp to share her knowledge and passion for fitness with as many people as possible.
She and her trainers create different regimens each day, taking advantage of the city's natural spaces and natural forces to enhance their workouts. They challenge gravity by having students lift their own bodyweight or free weights. Students plow through the heaviest friction the air can throw at them in sprints, and they hold up under constant pressure from the sun to nap in the middle of a field.
When Creatures of Yoga's founder, Sarah Feiden, first began to dabble in yoga, it was simply to fulfill an extracurricular college credit, but its physical and mental benefits soon led to personal fulfillment, inspiring Sarah to pursue a career sharing her newfound passion with others. During the Hatha-based sessions, Sarah—now a certified instructor—leads students through a series of postures each held for 30–60 seconds to help muscles sink into deep, relaxing stretches while the brain takes a break for commercial. Limited to around 15 pupils, the classes' small size ensures personalized attention, and the soothing music that fills the studio keeps yogis' minds relaxed as they push their bodies safely to the edge.
At Women’s Elite Boxing Club, certified trainer Jessi Becker helps women transform their lives. With the club's workout sessions, ladies get to train like boxers without ever having to take a punch or visit farms to find the freshest raw eggs. Clients battle through a combination of cardio- and strength-based exercises, working every muscle in the body along the way. The most important aspect of classes held at WEBC, though, is that they’re open to all types of students, from women who want to become amateur fighters to those who simply want to shakeup fitness routines.