The talented trainers at Snap Fitness help tone clients’ muscles and shoo calories out of bodies with a high-powered mixture of exercise and nutritional guidance. Snap’s wellness wizards lead exertion endeavors three times a day Monday–Thursday, focusing the boot camp on cardio, strength, and flexibility with a series of semiprivate personal-training sessions. The program’s beginning and intermediate levels welcome newcomers into the world of wellness, and they can consult with a member of the staff to determine how to proceed. After the assessment, the team guides exercisers through an orientation with the equipment in the 24-hour fitness emporium, which culminates in a sing-along led by the squat machines. A tool called EasyFit helps track the amount of calories its user has burned before connecting to its user’s personalized Web page. On the online support site, patrons harvest exercise info and support and plan healthy meals, such as salad sprinkled with treadmill parts.
Stroller Strides' fitness professionals employ creative exercise regimens to aid new mothers in overcoming the struggles of staying in shape while caring for a wee one. All you need to get started is you, your baby, and a stroller. Taught by specially trained instructors, the 60-minute classes begin with a warm-up and a buggy-bandying power walk. During interval stations, participants tone their bodies using resistance tubes, which can be brought from home or purchased from the instructor for $10. In the event of a fussy-baby episode, instructors can provide physical exercises you can do with your baby or calculus exercises to occupy your baby's mind. Surrounded by friendly instructors, mom peers, and a teeming hoard of adorable infants, a Stroller Strides class creates a positive, encouraging environment for reobtaining a prebaby physique. Mothers socialize, commiserate over shared difficulties, and take joy in each other's successes, such as a baby’s first steps or the invention of a flying stroller. The supportive environment encourages return visits, helping participants stick to physical-fitness goals. Stroller Strides recommends waiting until a newborn is at least 6 weeks old before beginning classes, and new mothers should talk to their doctor before beginning any exercise program. Check the schedule for class times and locations.
For Adam Farrell, college wasn’t a time of personal enrichment, but of unhealthy living. Once the young undergraduate student became dissatisfied with the party lifestyle he was leading in college, he began exercising regularly. He found that, unlike the quickly dissipating pleasures of pizza dinners and games of donut-glaze pong, exercise helped him cultivate the overall happiness and confidence he sought. He soon realized that he had both a passion and knack for personal training.
Ten years later, Farrell is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a well-established personal trainer, and the owner of his own fitness facility. Aided by a staff of fellow fitness aficionados, he conducts boot-camp programs and athletic-performance-enhancement camps, leading high-intensity, circuit-style workouts that aim to slim physiques, tone muscles, and boost metabolisms. The trainers scale these workouts to accommodate clients of all athletic abilities and accommodate restrictive issues, including injuries and deep-seated fears of working out in mismatched gym socks.
Under the direction of Dr. Ruben J. Almanza, the staff at Imagen Medical Spa overhauls clients' guises with a roster of med-spa treatments. Skin savants perform laser hair-removal treatments to deforest follicular fields and inject Botox and Juvéderm to correct slack skin. The spa's licensed aesthetician and massage therapist rejuvenate visages and bodies with peels, facials, and massages, and complimentary consultations ensure guests select the correct treatments and complete their tax returns.
In keeping with its name, Crossroads Yoga acts as a meeting place for yoga practitioners of all backgrounds, ages, and skill sets. The certified instructors believe that devotion to yoga is an ever-evolving process that benefits from new experiences and styles. They draw upon their diverse training backgrounds, which include extensive traveling and lessons from yoga experts, during private and group classes. They also invite guest teachers to present a range of disciplines during workshops. Practice takes place atop hardwood floors within a picturesque pink-and-white house whose porch bears seasonal decorations.
Nicole Raglin founded Synergy Fitness and Pilates to reach and strengthen the underused muscles in all her clients’ bodies. A certified Pilates-Reformer teacher, over the years she’s added Anusara-yoga instructor and two forms of personal-trainer certifications to her resumé. Each of these avenues opens up more ways for her to teach people about fitness or to help society realign its spines. With the aid of six other wellness experts, Raglin’s studio holds classes seven days a week, with styles ranging from the dance-fitness fusion of Zumba to the intense bodyweight-resistance training of TRX suspension harnesses. The core of her studio’s classes remain the Reformer-based Pilates classes that started her own fitness journey.
The instructors at Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi help students focus their minds and calibrate them to their bodies. Thoughtful breathing exercises and strength-building poses are consistently the vehicles toward mental and physical balance, although the studio offers diverse challenges across 14 different class types ranging from 65 to 90 minutes each. Those just starting out can learn the ropes in a beginners session, whereas yogis looking for more intense workouts can attend Hatha flow classes, which build core strength and improve stamina through continuous movement and by teaching pupils how to apply papier mâché to their midsections. During hot-yoga classes, the instructors crank up the thermostat to 97.8 degrees, helping to loosen stiff muscles and joints, encourage detoxification, and increase flexibility during Vinyasa flow movements.