Led by Laura Coronado, a decorated dancer with more than 30 years of experience and the earner of a bachelor’s degree in dance education, the instructors at Laura’s Dance Dynamics aim to promote character growth in their students via team-based dance skills. They adjust their classes, which range from ballet to hip-hop, to cater to all ages and ability levels.
The instructors at Premier Martial Arts North Richland Hills teach classes in numerous styles from around the world, helping students develop both mental and physical fortitude. From Israel, they take the techniques of krav maga, which focuses on neutralizing real-world attacks, counterattacking, and escaping. They supplement these skills with the grappling and joint-locking techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, as well as the stick- and knife-fighting skills integral to the Filipino martial art of kali. The adult curriculum also includes classes in cardio kickboxing, which primarily aims to boost fitness through a blend of pugilistic techniques from America, Japan, and Korea.
When working with children, the instructors design classes to help the young ones build self-confidence, discipline, and perseverance. Because respect and concentration skills are essential components of martial arts, the classes may help children perform better in social situations, at school, or when accepting an Academy Award.
What makes your business stand out?
Even though kettlebell fitness has been around since the early 1700s as training for the Russian military, it has just recently … become known as an extreme way to [combine] cardio and strength building in one. My business is a unique business at this time, due to the fact many people are utilizing kettlebells incorporated in their other workout routines in the gym but not many have any idea how to work out exclusively with kettlebells. I teach them that, and they are getting amazing results very rapidly!
What is your most popular offering?
The unlimited group fitness classes for individuals and couples [are] the most popular because [they] give my clients the most flexibility with their schedule and a huge discount. The other [popular option] is our private in-home lessons, [which] are great for the very busy people who cannot make it to our location. We go to them [for class], which is a 30-minute session.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
One of my customers came to me at the beginning of class, very hesitant and negative about thinking he will not get a good workout working exclusively with kettlebells. Ten minutes into the class, he bowed his head to me and said with a smile, "You have humbled me in a great way, I'm so glad I came." He is a very dedicated customer to this day!
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Helping people on a daily basis get healthier and reach or, even better, exceed their fitness goals. I truly love people and love what I do!
For Eliana Ceballos, Zumba is more than just a fun dance-fitness program set to high-energy Latin beats; it’s a form of therapy. After discovering the upbeat exercise form while in the midst of extreme personal hardships, she found it to be a cathartic stress reliever and a way to temporarily escape the harsh realities of life. The transcendence she experienced inspired her to become a Zumba instructor so that she could pass on the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of Zumba to others. Her sister, Valeria, lost 65 pounds through Zumba and hopes to inspire others to gain the confidence through exercise and weight loss that she did. The sisters have helmed their other studio, Zumba People, for two years. Eliana recently brought the joy of Zumba to the Colleyville area with Fit Fiesta Studio, where she leads classes for all ages—including children and baby boomers—in hopes of making exercise fun while imparting to her students the same peace of mind she has felt during tumultuous periods.
Helmed by a husband-and-wife team of competitive power lifters, Stroud’s Fitness sculpts bodies into tiptop shape with personal training, boot-camp classes, and a workout space brimming with strength-training tools. Available Monday–Saturday, 45-minute personal training sessions pair clients with certified trainers to set fitness goals and build workouts that make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. Clients can practice recently learned lifts and curls with free weights of various sizes or trample stress on a sturdy treadmill. One-hour boot-camp classes work each major muscle group with bodyweight exercises, dumbbells, resistance bands, and yoga poses. To raise heart rates and burn calories, some workouts incorporate 40-second bursts of kickboxing and plyometric moves such as box jumps and bunny hops. Standard boot camps take place weekday evenings and Saturday mornings, and low-impact sessions lure exercisers into the 20,000-square-foot facility Monday–Thursday at 10 a.m.
Sisters Eliana and Valeria both discovered Zumba during challenging times in their lives⎯Valeria while fighting obesity and Eliana while helping her late husband through cancer treatments. These past experiences inform the sisters’ approaches to the dance classes they lead. Valeria creates a comfortable and nonjudgmental environment for students of all fitness levels, and Eliana wants to offer her students the same freedom and escape she found during one-hour Zumba workouts. Both ladies are certified instructors and teach several subspecies of Zumba dance, including Zumbatomic for children and Zumba Gold for seniors, beginners, and prenatal students. Zumba People also tries to foster a sense of community among its students, hosting costumed dance parties for Halloween and orchestrating the occasional flash mob. Classes are held six days a week, and schedules for the Hurst and Southlake locations vary.