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.
The San Antonio Highland Games Association's annual Celtic culture and athletics festival traditionally draws thousands of real and would-be Scots for an action- and bagpipe-packed weekend each year. Male and female athletes grown bored with sports that don't involve lead hammers or young trees have traveled from as far away as Japan and Sweden to test their mettle in the athletic field?s traditional Scottish strength competitions. The association's founders trace their lineage to numerous Scottish clans, and encourage others to explore their Celtic genealogy with festival workshops.
A 44-acre farm sprawls across Devine Acres Farm. Beneath those trees and amid nearby fields, visitors delight in more than 30 family-friendly attractions. Hayrides, duck races, catch-and-release fishing, and sack races all make for hours of fun. The farm also presents activities that rotate with each season. During the winter, visitors can cut Christmas trees, whereas autumn means pumpkin painting, and spring plays host to Easter egg hunts.
A seven-acre jungle of towering stalks, unexpected twists, and dead ends awaits agri-puzzle fanatics at South Texas Maize, a mind-bending way to enjoy autumn outdoors with family and friends. Skulk past snorting straw minotaurs, and enter the labyrinth, which has been shaped this year to celebrate country singer and native son George Strait. After you've escaped Strait's sorghum Sudan-grass-lined straitjacket (maze typically takes about one hour), guests are welcome to meet fellow jailbreakers at South Texas Maize's open picnic-table area to reap and munch a victory lunch. Snacks and meals are available for purchase, though you are welcome to bring your own from home.
Though the martial arts programs at Universal Karate Studios are based on the belt system, each student is encouraged to progress at their own pace. The philosophy here is not competitive, instead it is focused on personal growth. At the helm of the Studios is Master R.L. Brown, whose black belt denotes 35 years of experience with Korean and Japanese martial arts. A former karate champion and an NCO in the US Army Reserve, he teaches students as young as 5 years old lessons of discipline and respect on the mat. He and his fellow instructors also host after-school sessions to help kids release energy that builds up after sitting still at a desk for eight hours or standing still on the playground during an eight-hour game of freeze-tag.
From March?October, adventurers can take to the fine, clear, and cool waters of Boerne City Lake. On days when the lake is calm, rent a standup paddleboard or kayak from Hill Country Paddle Sports, and escape into tranquility on the lake. Standup paddleboarding lets you glide across the deep on two feet, propelling yourself with a single paddle, whereas single and tandem kayaks get you closer to the rippling surface in a seated boat. Rentals run for four hours, giving you just enough time to chase the sunset or that group of mermaids that live 10 feet under.