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.
Certified personal trainer Danielle knows about weight problems; in her adulthood, she has weighed everywhere from 98 to 184 pounds. Now a fitness writer and life coach, she has dedicated herself to helping people of all ages and fitness levels swap sedentary lifestyles for active, empowered attitudes. She leads boot-camp fitness classes designed to jump-start metabolism and ends the cycle of yo-yo diets by sharing nutritious recipes such as healthy tortilla chips, pancakes, and unfried chicken.