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.
Soothed sighs and breathless chatter fill Alvin Health & Wellness Center, attesting to spa services and heart-pumping fitness classes. Stones for back massage soak up warmth as aromatherapy oils fill the air, and massage artists pack together algae mud wraps. The staff also leads cardio-kickboxing and fitness-boot-camp classes to better bodies as well as minds and self-defense classes that teach pupils to fight off overly aggressive car-wash mascots.
Q&A with Camille Hamilton, Owner-Operator of Body Evolution Training
Tell us about your business.
Our facility is a breeding ground for a new life, a fresh start, and a next-level fitness experience.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
Our goal is that every individual who walks through our door is treated with the utmost respect and attention. So many people don't make time to take care of the body that takes care of everyone else. We believe getting you through our door will be a win-win battle for both of us, but you making the choice to keep coming back is what's going you make you a warrior!
What is something most people don't know about your business?
Every month we include a free nutritional seminar with your membership. It's a time to weigh in and take measurements (optional), but, most importantly, we honor the "Change Maker" of the month. That person gets on the Wall of Fame at the studio and gets their next month’s membership free! This is not decided by just inches and pounds lost alone. It's a collective honorarium based on a multitude of criteria including attitude, attendance, and overall fitness improvement.
Amid the kettlebells and pull-up bars of a 4,200-square-foot facility, you can find a diverse range of athletes, parents, and professionals. In CrossFit Enigma's CrossFit classes, trainers lead students through high-intensity combinations of weight training, gymnastics, and plyometrics while scaling each movement to accommodate every student's fitness level. Rather than focusing on weight loss or muscle gain alone, each workout strives to enhance all domains of physical fitness, including strength, endurance, flexibility, and stamina. The CrossFit program stresses nutrition as the foundation of fitness, guiding students toward diets of vegetables and lean meats in lieu of high-glycemic carbohydrates and plastic scones from children's tea sets.
TransforMe Fitness Studio’s head trainer Frances pursues a personal passion for helping others find fitness with upbeat, unconventional fitness classes. Popular group personal-training sessions corral three or more friends, coworkers, or disbanded barbershop tenors for five workout sessions tailored to the group’s fitness goals, setting a solid starting point for participants. Trainers outline regimens that bulk strength, boost endurance, and oust body fat, tweaking each participant’s technique as workouts unfold.
When Coach Eddie sees someone struggling to complete one of his 60-minute circuit-training sessions, he knows how to help them reach the finish line, because he has been there. A little more than seven years ago, he weighed nearly 300 pounds. He made the decision to change his life, and through pure dedication, he slimmed down to 160 pounds and has since maintained his newly svelte physique. Throughout his journey to fitness, he learned myriad ways to strengthen core muscles, shed weight, and enhance agility and stamina, and he is now determined to share his techniques to help others make similar transformations at Mind Body Total Fitness.
Eddie and his team of certified trainers mix and match those methods to target all the body’s muscle groups during outdoor boot camps for exercisers of all fitness levels. In their coed and women's-only boot camps, they constantly vary the routines to prevent workout burnout. One day, participants might run short sprints, jump rope, and do sit-ups balancing atop exercise balls, and the next, they might pull against resistance bands, do leg lifts, and toss medicine balls to participants suffering from colds. They advocate pairing these high-intensity workouts with well-balanced diets and nutritional supplements.