CrossFit McKinney's owner, Jeff Sawyer—a USA Nationals Olympic Weightlifting Championship placer and Machado black belt—first heard of the CrossFit workout while teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2005. Skeptical as to whether the regimen, which focuses on moving heavy loads over long distances quickly, was more than a passing fad, he decided to investigate for himself and witnessed first-hand the workout's effectiveness in teaching people how to perform Olympic lifts. Sawyer was finally sold and decided to incorporate CrossFit into his own gym with the help of one of his former students, Eleonora Zalo, a five-time Croatian weightlifting champion and former coach of UFC fighter Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic, and CrossFit-certified instructor Josh Esparza. Together, they lead CrossFit classes, as well as non-contact muay thai kickboxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes for kids and adults. The facility also offers ice-hockey conditioning](http://gr.pn/H49Nz4) and onsite childcare so guests can exercise without needing to find a babysitter or pay the dog to watch the kids.:m]]
Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 3 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
Ensconced by dense woodlands, The Golf Club at McKinney's 18-hole layout undulates through a rural landscape that feels far away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. The combination of tree-lined fairways, water hazards, hills, and considerable length?the course measures 6,807 yards from the tips?make the par 72 layout a real challenge for golfers of all abilities. To help level the playing field, the Club offers a grass-tee driving range and two greens, one dedicated to putting practice and the other to chipping.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,807 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.7 from the tips * Slope rating of 140 from the tips * Four tee options * Scorecard
Kathleen Catallo is no stranger to the graceful flourishes of ballroom dance. In fact, she?s spent more than two decades of her life perfecting them at the professional level. At The Art of Dance, Catallo has drawn on this experience to create a Marriage Enrichment Through Dance course tailored specifically to couples. As they learn fundamental ballroom steps in these sessions, spouses strengthen their relationships and have fun instead of spending another Friday searching for doubloons in the junk drawer.
At Elevate Trampoline Park, an indoor jump center, guests can somersault and catapult across a slew of trampoline-lined arenas. The safely padded trampolines stretch from wall to wall, granting guests enough room to jump in place among friends or attempt aerial stunts. The center's two dodge-ball courts put a twist on the traditional game by adding a trampoline element, and three slam-dunk courts let players feel the thrill of a game-winning shot without the limitations of gravity or a strict pro basketball contract. For even more aerial thrills, the bungee-jump bounce lets guests hurtle more than 25 feet in the air from the safety of a bungee cord, while a 24-foot rock-climbing wall grants the fun of an outdoor climb amid indoor comforts. When the sun goes down, DJ music and colorful lights turn the bouncy arena into an all-out party.
Learning the martial arts does more than just teach people how to break a wooden board with their bare hands. At Sustaire's ATA Martial Arts, students also learn discipline, self-awareness, and focus. Most of the instructors on staff are world or state champions, and each of them have gone through an intensive training period prior to teaching martial arts classes. In these programs, students as young as 4 years old can begin lessons in which they learn physical defensive skills that can give them confidence in many situations. With skills in karate and taekwondo, both children and adults grow stronger and find an outlet for stress that doesn't involve knocking brick walls down with a sledgehammer.