Bikram Yoga San Antonio's instructors like to remind their students that for every expert yogi, there was a first class. They hold on to this humble philosophy at three studios, where high temperatures help both old hands and newcomers stay limber. The staff cautions their students against aiming for perfection during the 90-minute courses; instead maintaining that, by simply trying each of the 26 postures and two breathing exercises, bodies and minds achieve the maximum benefit.
To highlight the value of consistent practice, they encourage visitors to take the 60-day challenge, which charges students to attend one class every day for 60 days. Those who accomplish this task are immortalized by writing their name on the Challenge Wall, which doubles as the police force's superhero directory. The studios also honor individuals in their class community with the yogi of the month feature, a series of interviews with students about their Bikram yoga practice.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 512 days a year with nonstop security. One month of gym access equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon held in a swimming pool filled with mud. With personal LCD TVs and headphones on every piece of cardio equipment, runners infuse their heart-pumping routine with a hearty dose of entertainment while buffing up the muscles necessary to venture into eye-contact sports. A member of the on-staff fitness force will share knowledge of nutrition, the equipment, and sound exercise principles during a free personal-fitness orientation.
For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
Helmed by certified founder Nina Boasso, Yoga In Motion's teachers lead students through a mind-mollifying classes, accommodating even hectic agendas with morning, lunchtime, and evening sessions. Restorative yoga sessions provide greenhorn posers with an unfussy foray into common yoga practices through a series of simple postures done with support from props like blankets, pillows, and area rugs training to become yoga mats. Pupils can strive toward building both physical and mental wellbeing during Movement with Breath classes, which focus on breathing mechanisms, body alignment, and harmonizing inner-thoughts. Intended for intermediate stretchers, Vinyasa Flow sessions incorporate a series of postures with breathing techniques, including sun salutations, which improve strength and flexibility while distracting the sun from his preferred pastime of singeing anthills.
Professional bobsled teams shave seconds off their time by breathing in unison and leveraging flexibility during turns. Master the techniques necessary for defeating hardened gangs of bobsled criminals with today's deal for new clients: $40 for a five-class pass ($85 value) plus two free classes (given to every new client at the studio) at Nydia's Yoga Therapy, a studio that specializes in merging yoga with physical therapy for wellness and preventing future injuries sustained at American Gladiators auditions.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Rick Martinez began his career as a registered nurse, working in emergency rooms across the country to help patients overcome intense physical traumas. However, it was during an 18-month tour of service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center that Rick encountered the mother of a wounded soldier who changed his aspirations in life. Her indomitable spirit and the bravery with which she supported her son through his pain and recovery inspired Rick. Fully intent on helping people develop the unflinching resolve needed to better their own lives and well-being, he founded Fitness Porvida—Fitness for Life.
The center’s health gurus lead CrossFit and fitness sessions for students of virtually any fitness level, using functional exercises to create challenging, full-body workouts that build the strength and endurance necessary for students to bench-press their bathtubs. Yet physical exercise isn’t the only tool that the trainers employ—they also use nutritional guidance and camaraderie to empower their clients. Rick summarized this approach to the San Antonio Business Journal in 2010, saying, “when we treat the body as a whole the results are fantastic.”