When 16-year-old Roger Soler crossed the finish line first at the Peruvian National Junior Championship, his victory marked the beginning of a love affair with running. At age 18, he set a Peruvian record in the 1500-meter and eventually brought his talents to the U.S., where he competed in the 5000-meter race at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Through it all, Roger nurtured a genuine fondness for running that blossomed into a full-fledged passion when he opened the first Soler's Sports more than two decades ago.
Today, Soler's Sports boasts four locations staffed by athletes with real-life experience in biking and running and was awarded a spot on Running Insight's Top 50 Running Stores of 2011. Staffers tend to customers on an individual basis, guaranteeing sneakers to accommodate gaits and bikes to fit bodies based on detailed analyses. Once employees have profiled the perfect shoe or bike, they help patrons find them, searching through the store’s stock, which includes brands such as Ridley Bikes, Vibram FiveFingers, Vitalsox, and Spibelt. Patrons can test-drive new kicks and wheels at the store's group runs and rides.
Point Blank Range's TCLEOSE, DPS, and NRA-certified instructors travel to various ranges and locations to help all levels of students develop handgun skills focused on defense. The instructors teach their own, proprietary courses, drawing inspiration from the tactics used by law enforcement officers. Through a combination of lecture-based instruction and hands-on training, they cover everything from basic handgun operation to advanced skills such as drawing and shooting on the move. Aside from their signature courses, the instructors also teach NRA handgun classes, work with students privately, and prepare gun owners for CHL tests.
Divine Body emphasizes an absolutely judgment-free zone as it invites exercisers to participate in fitness classes no matter their age or ability. A staff of encouraging instructors teaches classes that focus on aspects of yoga, tai chi, Pilates, cardio, and three levels of Zumba that cater to older adults or those seeking targeted body sculpting. Divine Body’s facilities also offer childcare and showers.
Your Fitness 365 is a 24-hour-access facility open every day of the year, including scrumptious holidays such as Watercressmas and Yeaster. Members are given security-access keys to safely enter the club at all hours, whether the facility is staffed or not. Your three-month membership will grant you access to Your Fitness 365's high-end strength-training and cardiovascular equipment, including Precor-brand cross-training machines, Olympic half-rack free weights, stationary bicycles, and treadmills. You’ll also get unlimited use of the club's tanning beds and infrared sauna, as well as participation in group fitness classes such as Zumba, martial arts, and spinning. The club's lush amenities also include private entertainment screens with more than 70 channels on all cardio machines, private showers, lockers, dressing areas, and fluffy bath towels (not for keeps).
Though people come for the cardio, Zumba tends to ensnare exercisers with its Latin choreography, international rhythms, and dance-party vibe. Lisa Stone had always dreamed of opening her own studio, and after meeting the owners of Brickhouse Cardio Club, she knew this was her opportunity to help the San Antonio community achieve its fitness goals. Brickhouse has blossomed into a franchise, expanding into 25 locations with new sites opening in the United Kingdom, where it hopes to supplant aerobic chimney sweeping. Each club focuses almost exclusively on Zumba, hosted in pared-down studios with the franchise’s signature electric-blue and neon-green walls surrounding a stage.
At Helotes Family Dentistry, Dr. José Brigman wants to keep patients comfortable during treatments. When patients need a stronger distraction than the flat-screen TVs that are in every room, the staff provides electronic movie glasses and headphones during cleanings, fillings, and teeth-whitening treatments. The team also offers conscious sedation to especially anxious patients, which lets them stay alert and responsive while easing pretreatment jitters.