Light floods the cozy studio and streams through the wall-to-wall windows to bounce off the mirrors lining the practice space. High-energy music thumps through in the studio, giving students the extra oomph needed to motor through cardio moves or shake hips in a variety of fitness classes. Latin-inspired Zumba and ME (Movement & Energy) classes keep the mood playful, while stretch classes offer a tranquil respite in which muscles can elongate or practice imitating rubber bands. Expert instructors fuse yoga, ballet, and Pilates in barre classes, which help tone and sculpt muscles in 45- to 60-minute sessions.
For more than 35 years, The Yoga Institute has been educating and enlivening its members through the exploratory practice of yoga. Classes help quiet the mind and loosen the body as students delve deeper into an eclectic blend of Vinyasa, Ashtanga-based, and Jivamukti-infused classes. Mix It Up classes take a different focus each week, including poses that use a wall and partner poses. Early-morning classes wake up the body with fluid movements, whereas advanced classes challenge students with rigorous inversions, arm balances, and backbends. Instructors pay special attention to proper alignment, offering adjustments to deepen a student’s physical practice and accompanying mental release.
It seems there's something for everyone beneath the high ceilings of the Friendswood Fitness facility. Different sections of the floor are painted with track markings, yard lines, and basketball-court delineations. Weight machines challenge muscles, as do stationary bikes when people try to carry them onto the treadmills. Workout gear such as free weights and fitness ropes abounds. Varied class options include yoga, Zumba, and interval training, and personal trainers customize one-on-one workouts.
The reformer Pilates instructors at Pilates Powerhouse whip bodies into tip-top shape with three one-hour reformer Pilates classes (a $35 value each). The core-strengthening sessions, which accommodate humans of all body types and abilities, employ resistance equipment to build sleek, toned muscles and increase flexibility, coordination, and the endurance necessary to mambo backward in roller skates. Intimate three-person classes allow vigilant instructors to ensure trainees stay in proper form and don't cheat on mandatory astrophysics exams, and an emphasis on proper breathing de-stresses frazzled pupils.
Pearland Bikram Yoga sculpts and slims bodies and clears cluttered minds with authentic Bikram yoga classes, all offered in a 105-degree studio designed to improve circulation, prevent injury, rapidly burn fat, and detoxify the body. In each 90-minute class, passionate instructors guide students through two repetitions of the 26 Bikram postures, including the half-moon, eagle, and cobra, which can only be done after the yogi places students in a giant basket. All instructors have completed an intensive nine-week, 500-hour certification course with Bikram Choudhury, Bikram yoga’s creator. Classes generally have 25 to 30 students, but the studio can accommodate up to 70. The environs are professionally cleaned and sterilized to eliminate bacteria and gain an edge against increasingly flexible germs.
Elite certified personal trainer and Glory Fitness founder Christopher M. Boykins wants his clients to achieve their fitness goals, whether the goal is weight loss or athletic competition. Boykins and his staff of experienced trainers offer personal training, nutrition counseling, and small group-fitness and boot-camp classes at three Glory Fitness locations, helping clients get fit in a relaxed setting.