USA Track & Field sanctions the Muscles for Missions 5K, but don't let that intimidate you. The annual event—which kicks off with a fun run—welcomes sprinters and walkers alike. Proceeds from the run go to Mustang Church of the Nazarene and its many projects, which include upcoming missionary work in Belize.
Practitioners at Stretch U employ The Carey Stretch method, which was developed by professional physical therapist John Carey. Through his work with countless professional athletes, including baseball players and golfers, John developed his method to help unblock constricted neural pathways and help boost functioning of the nervous system. Through a combination of stretching muscles, nerves, and the myofascial system, the Cary Stretch method strives to improve athletic performance, increase mobility, and increase range of motion.
During each private 45-minute lesson, Dance Magic Studio's head fancy-footer, Nick Felix, and his nimble squad can teach mildly experienced and advanced movers traditional ballroom dancing, including samba, waltz and tango, and Latin and swing dancing—efficiently exorcising demons from proms past or failed devil dance-offs. Nick has choreographed dozens of television dance programs; taught his magical moves to stars such as Robert Duvall, Lee Majors, Frankie Avalon, Mickey Rooney, and Tess Harper; and recently had his journey featured in the documentary show Gallery on the OETA network. He'll happily plan lessons around your schedule, giving personal attention and custom tips to individuals or couples. Ten thousand square feet of floor space frees eager shufflers and shakers to liberate stiff legs and attempt complex maneuvers without accidentally stepping on any nearby feet or Bigfeet.
It’s apparent to anyone who watches ballet that female dancers must be extremely light. After all, they often have to be swept across the stage and effortlessly lifted into the air, and their steps must be as silent as a sneeze at the opera. Yet, as slender as ballet dancers are, they still possess bodies that look as if they were chiseled out of marble. That dancer look—a slim body with long, lean muscles—is what barre3 helps its clients achieve with a combination of ballet-barre work, yoga, and Pilates.
At locations across the country, barre3’s instructors use a three-step process that first focuses on deeply exercising muscles using isometric holds. The workout then elevates heart rate with low-impact movements before cooling down the body with a recovery stretch that also helps elongate body lines.
The workout has proved to be so effective that it has received multiple press mentions, including in the Huffington Post and In Style magazine, and it has even drawn in body-conscious celebrities such as Madonna. Mothers in particular flock to barre3’s classes, as many locations offer on-site childcare.
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Achieve Fitness’s team of certified trainers builds healthy bodies from the ground up using cardio and strength exercises, ViSalus and LifeVantage nutritional supplements, and a hearty dose of encouragement. In addition to helping clients set specific long- and short-term goals, the trainers track their progress during custom fitness programs composed of personal training, small-group training, boot camps, or a combination of all three. Exercises are tailored to a variety of fitness levels during each routine, allowing new and seasoned exercisers to cultivate optimal levels of endurance, flexibility, and brawn. Personal-training sessions contain the highest level of customization and a rotating lineup of physical challenges that keep clients engaged and motivated. Workouts may take place in homes, at local gyms, or, in the case of boot camps, at nearby parks and churches.
In addition to designing exercise regimens for individuals, Achieve Fitness's trainers build fitness programs for companies, religious groups, and apartment complexes. Between face-to-face workouts, these programs' participants can access a host of online health resources, including more than 750 fitness videos, a recipe database, and a calculator that computes the number of calories burned while jumping rope or unattended roller-coaster turnstiles.
At Teaze Dance & Fitness, instructors draw from history to inform many of their classes—that's why you might see students channeling Bettie Page's famed burlesque twirls, or rehearsing disco moves on roller skates. During photo shoots, subjects drape themselves in feather boas and unfurl fans on antiquated furniture, emulating vintage pinups without enduring an old-timey cameraman's requests to smile and say "transcontinental railroad." Even the studio's performing troupe, the Oklahoma Showgirls, traverses time with their cancan, cabaret, and mod go-go routines. Just as they span the century with their titillating teachings, they welcome visitors of all ages and builds to participate, allaying anxiety with the fact that most of their students are beginners.
However, the staff embraces modern rhythms as well. They welcome guests to access their sultry side on 14 studio poles, where seven levels of pole-dance classes reveal techniques from basic spins to competition choreography. Their private parties entertain groups with empowering lessons on pole-, chair-, and lap-dances, and fitness options cover Pilates and barre workouts.