Austin Fit Magazine named RockBody Boot Camp its Best Boot Camp of 2011 and also lauded its owner, Brian Prinzo, as one of the city’s Top 10 Fittest Trainers in 2010. But for Brian and his staff of experienced trainers, it’s not about the accolades; it’s about helping others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Classes eschew routine courses of treadmills and bench presses for a variety of challenging workouts that put participants through a mash-up of strength, core, cardio, and interval training designed to push them to their personal limits. Best of all, the workouts provide the motivation and accountability needed to help exercisers push past plateaus, and exercises can be tailored to accommodate many fitness levels and concerns, such as arthritis, body pain, and conjoined sweatbands.
Ready Learning Academy's instructors believe that responsible gun use comes from a solid foundation in shooting fundamentals. That's why the academy offers three levels of pistol classes and two levels of rifle training. During these sessions, instructors teach experienced and novice students the fundamentals of stance, grip, and trigger control. Pupils progress onto more advanced skills such as dry firing and shooting while moving. Away from the range, the staff sells firearms at its store and conducts self-defense courses that don’t require guns or smelters to make bullets.
Some of the hyper-interactive classes at IQuest Global Enrichment Center cover subjects kids might encounter in school—math, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese—but others challenge them to use their critical thinking skills in totally different ways. Some sessions teach kids to create YouTube-appropriate digital films, while others focus on engineering simple machines from Legos, rather than from a little brother and an extra-large hamster wheel. Groups are kept small and, whenever possible, surrounded by innovative technological tools in a space where goldfish float near the ceiling and a map of the world sprawls across the floor.
Under the guidance of experienced instructors, the youth-focused Ballet Southwest Academy transforms the pitter-patter of tiny feet into elegant pas de deux in a state-of-the-art studio. Creative Movement class acquaints tots with the basics of ballet through demonstration, imitation, and slow-motion reenactments by marionettes. For 75 minutes each week, as they twirl across the floor, pint-sized pirouetters learn ballet movements and their etymology, practicing motions such as the cappuccino-unrelated frappé. With classes of 8–10, low student-to-teacher ratios can ensure copious amounts of attention, from perfecting positions to untangling limbs from their reflections in the wall-spanning mirrors. A specially engineered dance floor reduces fatigue and helps prevent gravity-related injuries.
The staff at Florida Complete Wellness harnesses the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistlines, backs, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
Now in its 35th year, The Peddler Show assembles a rotating cast of hundreds of vendors who travel throughout the state proffering handcrafted jewelry, unique home décor, and sundry outdoor accessories. Full weekend admission allows visitors to sift through stylish clothing, soak up the fragrances of scented candles, and challenge dolls to high-stakes staring contests. Weary guests can refuel with on-hand gourmet cuisine or add elegance to future meals with individually etched glassware.