At Dream Horse Academy, riders of all skill levels study the techniques of Western-style riding with veteran trainers and friendly, hoofed creatures. Head trainer Jenna Wurtele has been riding horses since the age of 5 and spent much of her childhood involved in junior rodeos and various horse associations, such as the National Reining Horse Association. She draws from her experiences working for first-class reining barns and judging open equine shows to build strong bonds between horses and their riders. With an enormous covered arena, Dream Horse Academy’s handlers can practice their craft in any weather. Horse-owners can also enroll their four-legged friends into training programs that prepare equines for upcoming shows and spelling bees.
Certified trainer, AJ Tucker, acquired myriad methods of staying fit while playing college football, training for jui jitsu, and during his four-year service with the U.S. Army. Today, he molds all that experience into a three-day-a-week boot camp that incorporates strength straining, a specialty class such as boxing, and a session designed for fun where participants buddy-up and complete a more light-hearted session of exercises. He also offers private boot camps that can be held at the office, school, or front yard.
A former brickyard may not be the first place one would think to build a golf course, but Old Brickyard Golf Course has succeeded in turning the one-time site of Ferris Brick Company into a fun-and-surprising 6,486-yard layout. By working around three former quarries, the course architect added stark elevation changes and wide-open vistas to the par 71 course. TifEagle greens roll atop land that was once nothing but rugged, natural clay, creating smooth, fast surfaces that make any two-putt a tricky proposition. Before taking to the course, golfers energize with hot dogs and drinks at the clubhouse, warm up swings at the all-grass driving range, or bury time capsules in the practice bunker so they can remember what life was like before their 18-hole rounds.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,486 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Prime Time Fitness trainers design their workouts with a comprehensive range of fitness goals in mind, from cardiovascular endurance to muscular strength to flexibility. Whether they're guiding clients through boot-camp classes indoor and outdoor around Dallas/Fort Worth or conducting personal-training sessions, they pack their routines with challenging aerobic exercises, such as jump roping, sprinting, and pull-ups. For clients' convenience, personal-training sessions can take place either in the studio or, for an additional fee, in clients' homes, offices, and the bouncy castles they like to pretend are their offices.
Yoga 4 Love founder Lisa Ware is a true renaissance woman. As a registered yoga instructor, reiki master, cosmetologist, public speaker, co-founder of the OneYogaUSA Dallas Yoga Conference + Music Fest, she brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to each lesson, often inspiring her client base by repeating the mantra, “Expanding Our Horizons... Inspiring Positive Change!” She also encourages students to swing by the studio for heated and nonheated yoga classes, specialized sports injury recovery and private classes, or services from Dragonfly Spa, which offers detox nutrition programs, Thai yoga bodywork, and reiki healing sessions.
Beyond yoga, the studio also offers dance classes, life-coaching services, nutritional education, workshops, and "Yoga 4 Goddesses" retreats. They also facilitate teacher-training programs and encourage staff and contributors alike to blog on their site.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.