Motivation to work out sometimes requires that you light a fire inside yourself, but not the kind you endured during your fire-eating internship at the circus. For $69, today's Groupon gets new clients four weeks of unlimited sessions at Camp Gladiator (a $160 value). This deal is good during any of Camp Gladiator's 36 workout times at all Dallas-area locations. Bring your own mat, towel, water, and sweat (and for the truly prepared, a jump rope and pair of dumbbells).
Camp Gladiator is a fitness boot camp far different than the boot camp disobedient teenagers are sent to on Maury. Feel the burn under the watchful eye of experienced trainers in a program founded by Ally Davidson—also known as the 2008 American Gladiator Grand Champion. No drill sergeants will be barking commands through cigars as you drop and give them 200 push-ups in the rain at this fitness boot camp, but there will be obstacle courses, tug of war, plyometrics, sprint and agility drills, and, well, some push-ups. As with personal trainers, fitness boot camps deliver results. Unlike with personal trainers, however, this deal lets you attend as many sessions as you like at whatever location you choose.
Regardless of how many times you have been named American Gladiator or Ninja Warrior, fitness boot camp is beneficial for those looking to lose some pounds, try something new, or gain the endurance that cheetahs would and have killed for.
Seven Yelpers and three Google Mappers give Camp Gladiator five stars:
- I Love Camp Gladiator. – Lori P., Yelp
- This bootcamp will kick your ass and then laugh while you lie writhing on the floor...but in a good way! – Jessica M., Yelp
- This class is so much fun that you lose track of how much work you are actually doing. The instructors are very motivational! – Scott, Google Maps
For more than 34 fashionable years, The Peddler Show Tour has showcased handcrafted specialty goods in a festive fair atmosphere. More than 120 local and far-reaching vendors will display their jewelry, home décor, clothing, and other wares during the weekend-long event at Cedar Park Center. Inventory can vary with each tour stop, but shoppers can expect to see merchandise that has included chic T-shirts featuring pink cheetah-print peace signs, a paisley baseball shirt declaring the wearer as a "Queen of the Diamonds," and bedazzled silhouettes of Grover Cleveland smiling on silken sashes. Bead and feather hair extensions add flair to plain 'dos, and a chromatic spectrum of cowboy boots matches every ensemble. Furniture such as armoires, bookshelves, and ottomans await their future of housing hand-sewn stuffed animals, custom-made scrapbooks, and other Peddler Show spoils.
The best way to learn a new skill is to do it. And at the Austin Institute for Massage & Spa Therapies, professional therapists—who work in the field every day—inspire students during the massage mastery program. Students explore massage techniques alongside lessons in anatomy as a part of an extensive, comprehensive curriculum that culminates in official licensing from the state of Texas.
The institute's director and co-founder, Raul Flores, has worked tirelessly in the field since 1991—in practice, consulting, and education. He and his team have created a spa-like atmosphere within a 3,500-square-foot space where students get hands-on experience in real-life scenarios, such as in one of nine massage rooms, near an aromatherapy bath, or in the drawing room with the candelabra.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer’s good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
Considering his childhood heroes were Zorro and The Cisco Kid, it's not hard to believe that Barry Carstetter aced high school Spanish. He even became president of his school's Spanish Club. As his senior year progressed, however, his classes' textbook-bound style increasingly bothered him. Barry understand that the most effective way to learn Spanish is to immerse oneself in it, so at graduation he tossed off his cap and headed to Mexico. There, and in South Texas, he taught native speakers to read and write. And as his students put pen to paper, Barry's own Spanish skills soared.
This experience, paired with his exposure to a system called Accelerated Learning, encouraged Barry to open Rapid Spanish, where he serves as the primary instructor. Under his wing, no student suffers the boredom or ineffectiveness of a rote education. Instead, the curricula incorporate funny scripts, games, and music, immersing pupils in Spanish while having fun. Rapid Spanish' private lessons, group classes, and corporate training programs cultivate supportive environments in which students are not compared to one another or forced to hold 2nd language comedy roasts.
Named Best Honey in 2008 by the Dallas Observer, Round Rock Honey's 100% natural local wildflower honey is harvested from more than 90 sites by owners Konrad and Elizabeth Bouffard and their crews of trained beekeepers. With precision, they remove the liquid gold from hives by centrifuge, ensuring that pollen, trace minerals, and complex sugars are never compromised during the honey harvest. They then pour the honey through a stainless-steel sieve to remove potential bee legs and wings, wax caps, and miniature tiaras before bottling it and selling it to specialty stores, farmer's market visitors, and online customers.
A similar procedure happens in other parts of the country at Round Rock's beekeeping schools. During classes, Konrad Bouffard and Beekeeping Academy teachers impart their beekeeping knowledge upon suited-up students while they extract honey from a live beehive. Along the way, novices learn about the finer points of raising bees and keeping them healthy, as well as bee handling and lullaby-buzzing.