Reggie Rusk spent five seasons playing for the NFL before opening his own gym, The Next Level. However, this gym doesn't just cater to football players—young basketball and soccer players also number among its rank—or even just athletes. People of all fitness levels and ages join to stay healthy. Workouts vary both in technique—equipment ranges from boxing gloves and kettlebells to battle ropes and giant tires—and location, with indoor sessions at the gym and outdoor sessions at football fields and sand-volleyball courts, among others.
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.
In founding BluFlex Fitness, couples Mike and Chris and Jimmy and Kristina help clients lead healthier lives through nontraditional workouts that engage the entire body. Here, recreational gear becomes workout equipment in SurfSet classes. Patrons balance on stationary, but wobbly, surf boards, forging chiseled core muscles with every minute movement, much like a hummingbird that never sleeps. TRX training sessions pit exercisers against their own body weight as they suspend from systems of straps and pulleys, and yoga classes help guests achieve lean, stretchy physiques while also lowering stress levels. For those who prefer a more one-on-one experience, the team of instructors also lead personal-training sessions.
Tell us about your business.
Marie Christine's Dance and Fitness was founded as a way to help women 18 and older to meet their wellness and fitness goals. Our founder, Kristen Hall, is certified in the PrimaBarre and Booty Barre workout methods which will create a lean, toned, and sculpted physique.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our workouts are challenging, but we strive to create and upbeat environment that is filled with plenty of encouraging words. We also pull a lot of positive focus into each class to help our clients visualize meeting their goals and creating the body they've always wanted. We provide modifications for those who feel that they are not yet ready for some of our more challenging routines. We change our workout routines weekly in order to keep our class fresh and exciting, and we also assist our clients by being available for any questions before and after class.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
We believe that the workout environment should be free of any judgment. Clients of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels are encouraged to join our class.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
A typical class lasts between 50-60 minutes in length. We begin with a warm-up, followed by several routines that sculpt the arms, legs, glutes, and abdominals. We stretch between each workout segment and utilize light hand weights, exercise bands, and medicine balls. Each workout is done using the Ballet barre or Pilates mat. At the end of each class you will have worked out from head to toe.
Equipment: Ballet barre. Resistance bands are available for purchase.
Students should bring: Pilates mat, small hand towel, and water.
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Within Space City Rock Climbing's 5,000-square-foot gym, a team of seasoned climbers recreate a variety of scalable surfaces?vertical faces, overhangs, or a neighbor's brick siding among them?to challenge climbers of every experience level. While climbing, 23 belay stations sit atop 25-foot-high routes, giving guests an opportunity to sharpen their top-roping skills. For a different kind of challenge, the gym's walls also provide opportunities for lead climbing and bouldering. When not supervising open climbs, Space City's staff organizes camps and group events including birthday parties and lock-ins. A family-friendly operation, Space City's facility caters to kids with Moonwalk inflatable bounce houses and slides.
Music floods over the sound system as dancers on their tiptoes grip a ballet barre. A wooden floor supports their moves as they stare into a mirror, which reflects their perfectly pointed legs and angelic halos. At Center Stage Studio, owner, founder, and director Temi Woodley captains a team of instructors who lead dance and fitness classes in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Youngsters and adults alike can attend a wide variety of group classes, such as Zumba, hip-hop, two-step, and spiritual praise dancing. The studio also opens its doors for private dance or fitness lessons and birthday parties.