After eight months of taking Zumba classes, Dominique Lasha?e had a sudden realization?this was the longest she?d ever been committed to a fitness routine. The now-certified Zumba instructor, who has owned a marketing and event company for more than 16 years, combines her party-planning experience and love of Zumba workouts to host infectious dance parties and fitness conferences. Drawing from a range of easy-to-follow international dance moves including Latin styles, hip hop, meringue, reggae, and cumbia, she helps guests of all ages and abilities achieve their fitness goals while simultaneously preparing them to reign victorious in-office dance-offs that determine who gets promoted. High-energy international tunes fuel guests as they shimmy and shake their way towards overall well-being.
Sandy, the owner of Choose Again Yoga, is used to heat. She spends most of her time in her 95-degree studio, stretching and bending through asanas with her students. Keeping most classes appropriate for beginners, she focuses on the healing qualities of yoga. Her series of poses, in addition to limbering up the body, releases toxins from tissues with a healthy sweat. Her favorite pose, however, remains the relaxing savasana, during which the yogi simply lays still on the floor while breathing deeply, allowing the mind to experience a sense of oneness with its environment.
Getting in shape isn't simply a goal to be reached and checked off. Instead, it's a lifetime commitment to fitness and healthy living. CrossFit Level 1 trainer Chuck Weaver believes it?s the kind of commitment that anyone can make, provided that they have a willing spirit and deep reserves of determination. In 2010, he designed his own CrossFit program by drawing upon his 10 years of experience in the U.S. military and over 20 years in personal training, and strength and conditioning.. Along with strength and conditioning classes, the scalable CrossFit workouts accommodate patrons of virtually any age and fitness level, incorporating a variety of exercises intended to increase flexibility, bolster cardiac health, build muscle tone, and improve speed and agility. This well-rounded approach to fitness empowers people as they heft weights, swing kettlebells, and jog laps around the gym?s on-site black hole. With each class, visitors learn a little more about the habits and mindset required to live healthier and more physically fit lives.
The City of Cedar Hill Parks and Recreation Department is community centered. Every year, they organize the Cedar Hill 5K Green Run, which benefits the preservation of natural and open spaces.
This year, the fun run traces a course through town that ends at the Village Green, where post-race entertainment gets going and awards are handed out. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center for educational programming, which provides classes for kids where they learn about ecology through the lens of the canyon's eco-system and through the special learnin' goggles some children choose to wear.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Within the pleasant yellow walls of S4L Studios, upbeat music mingles with the whirs of stationary bike wheels and the motivational words of instructor Keith Owens. The former college football player energizes students with a structured regimen, which he learned in a competitive athletic-training program and from years of teaching. Students tone their lower body and abs while bolstering cardiovascular health atop one of the 28 Spinner NXT bikes, pedaling at their own pace and fueling themselves on the student camaraderie that permeates each class. Unlike running marathons or standing in for Lou Ferrigno’s pogo stick, spinning provides exercisers with a low-impact activity that’s easy on the joints.