Kyle Brandt and his team of fellow trainers?who include his wife Sarah?are, of course, fit. But they don't believe in exercising for exercise's sake. Instead, at Brandt Fitness & Self Defense, they offer what they call "functional fitness for life." This belief, which also serves as the company's motto, manifests in two ways. First, it means that by focusing on martial arts, Kyle and his team can coach students of all skill levels?first-time exercisers, four-year-old martial arts novices, professional athletes?to defend themselves from danger. The second function they ascribe to fitness? Community. They believe working out should be fun and social. Fridays' happy hour workouts encourage as much gum-flapping as they do deadifting. And like the martial arts classes, Brandt's CrossFit sessions welcome a diverse array of attendees. The gym even hosts holiday parties, which are very popular, although their papier mache pi?ata full of kettlebells never quite got off the ground.
Under the watchful guidance of founder and yogi Brynn Byrne, the dedicated instructors at Elemental Yoga: North Texas Yoga Therapy help students boost core strength and detoxify bodily systems with their schedule of yoga classes. Classes vary based on skill level and intensity, with meditative flow easing practitioners into centering poses and advanced posture sessions helping seasoned students progress on their yogic journeys. No matter the class, instructors embrace the tenets of holistic healing, crafting sessions that can improve respiration, sharpen mental faculties, and restore energy lost during attempts to power the television with a stationary bike.
The thermostat reads 105 degrees. Sweat pours off your body. A dull ache spreads through your muscles. No, it's not a form of torture—it's a form of release: Bikram yoga. At Bikram Yoga Fort Worth, the "hot room" is where sweating takes place. The heat furthers workouts by warming muscles until they're extremely pliable. This means deeper, safer stretches and more intense detoxification during yoga classes.
Shanti Yoga Studio’s experienced instructors lead a variety of fitness-boosting classes peppered over a schedule of several morning and evening sessions. Beginning students can contort their way through Gentle Yoga, a slower-paced, stretch-heavy class, and patrons looking to safely shed a few pounds while sweating to a mirror-perfect sheen can enroll in Hot Yoga, a heated yoga session guaranteed to keep the towel industry afloat indefinitely. Popular among portmanteau buffs, Yogalates combines the stability of Pilates with the flexibility of yoga for a muscle-toning full-body workout. Hatha pairs postures and breathing techniques to help practitioners achieve a healthy balance between mind, body, and artificially implanted alien conscience.
Powerhouse offers group classes for beginners as well as veterans more moldable than molasses. A beginner Vinyasa flow course teaches the basics of alignment and form, and a Yin-Yang yoga session mixes tempos by combining 1–2-minute-long held poses with faster-moving active posture. Finding a Pilates mat class to fit your weekly schedule is as easy as balancing discarded take-out boxes on a dusty elliptical machine; take a look at Powerhouse's schedule here. All group classes can be modified to suit students of any level, and the friendly, extensively trained instructors will work to find the pace that's right for you.
At Sunstone Yoga, students radiate calm and self-awareness as they practice ancient poses designed to stretch, strengthen, and purify the body. Instructors complete 500 hours of training in yogic techniques, teaching, and physiology before leading classes, so they can hand out researched, tested tips on safety and alignment. Most classes come in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute varieties and focus on energy or restorative relaxation. A two-class introductory series welcomes beginners with basic standing poses, and the popular fire series explores up to 34 poses in a 99-degree room that loosens muscles to facilitate deeper stretches as it ousts toxins. Filled with soothing music and 90-degree temperatures, the water series cultivates more serenity than getting a massage from a singing whale.