The Yoga Space’s experienced team of limb-bending yogis unbundles participants' tightly coiled muscles and repositions them into rejuvenating Hatha yoga postures. From within their intimate studio space, instructors meld breath and movement through a series of poses at variable paces, tailored for all levels of stretchers and soft-pretzel impressionists. Beginners classes slowly transition from one basic pose to another, and flow classes align each smooth reaction with the pace of timed breaths. All-level classes allow advanced yogis to court beginning downward-facing dogs with impressive displays of perfect warrior poses and ear-scratching with outstretched toes. Providing convenient courses for all lifestyles, The Yoga Space's flexible class schedule stretches evenly across seven-day spans, like a weeklong ration of Jell-O.
The motivating trainers at The Center for Fitness mold muscles and tone tensors through a variety of active, movement-oriented classes. With a three-class package, patrons can mix and match exercise routines with sessions culled from four disparate disciplines. Borrowing moves from South American dance, Zumba programs shake up fitness routines with a variety of groove-inspired workouts. Search for centered living through soothing tai chi, discovering innermost points full of soothing calmness or delicious nougat. Experienced instructors eliminate fat and calories with Pilates, making sure every muscle gets pumped up to its full potential, and yoga classes rejuvenate fizzled out flexors with stress-relieving positions and bends. Each class occurs within a brightly lit 1,600-square-foot studio outfitted with workout-enhancing equipment, letting exercisers burn calories to beats from a bumping sound system, refresh overheated bodies beneath breezy air conditioning, and commemorate muscular milestones with a turn in the gym's photo booth.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Led by owner and championship choreographer Chrissy Smith, the on-point pedagogues at Chrissy’s Dance Academy help funnel youngsters' restless energy into grace, confidence, and full-body fitness. The school introduces students to seven dance disciplines in three joyful studios tailored to specific age groups—for example, Studio 1 caters to teeny dancers with whimsical garden décor and a large bathroom in case of emergencies or embarrassing transmutations into rhinoceroses. Teachers prepare pupils for going on tour with pop stars in hip-hop sessions, demonstrate double-time stomps in clogging classes, and explain how to stealthily irritate coworkers in seated toe tapping. Customers can view the schedule for more information. Classes contain just 8–12 students, allowing for laser-like focus on each two-stepper, who will improve rapidly while sashaying away from lasers. Viewing windows enable proud parents to watch as their children leap like professional frogs, and a variety of eateries and a nearby spa prevent wasted time.
Tina and Ed Carle, the husband-and-wife team behind this lively cooking school, grew up cooking beside the apron strings of culinary-minded family members. Before heading to New York City to work in five-star kitchens, Tina studied the techniques of her Italian grandmother as she layered lasagna or stirred bolognese sauce. In Texas, Ed developed a knack for prepping wild game, smoked meats, and comfort fare from his family’s butter-centric cookbook. Though he’s become more health conscious through the years, Ed keeps the focus on flavor, demonstrating his know-how in dinner-party-style classes with menus including items such as barbecue brisket or wild venison braised in a dutch oven until it bugles “Taps” and collapses off the bone.
Though their culinary backgrounds differ, Tina and Ed share a passion for top-notch ingredients that elevate dinner to an art. Before teaching lessons on shrimp, for instance, Ed drives to the gulf to pick up a fresh catch. They also share a zeal for cooking tricks and techniques that make dinner simpler and more delicious. To this pair, working over a cutting board or a stove yields a bumper crop of sharable delight.