At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Led by the school's instructors, the staff at My Dojo knows that it takes more than just classes to help clients get in shape. While their classes, including kickboxing and karate, certainly kicks things into gear, proper nutrition fuels and facilitates further bodily change. That's why the instructors help clients by doling out nutritional tips in class and fields personal questions during one-on-one sessions. My Dojo offers a varied roster of classes at their multiple locations, classes that help students with their physical and emotional well-being. Classes include karate for kids, karate for adults, kickboxing, yoga, afterschool martial arts, and personal training,
Crafts enthusiasts of all stripes connect with kindred spirits at Harmony Stained Glass, where they find supplies and classes for a variety of projects. Customers can create all manner of glass and metal designs with a wide selection of materials and tools, including Aanraku products, dragon-shaped stained glass patterns, and Skutt kilns. Instructors help students learn what they need to begin a new hobby in stained glass, glass-fusing, and wire wrapping, and students can display their handiwork on wrought-iron stands bought in the shop or swiped from colonial re-enactors.
Inside Original Napoli Italian Restaurant by Papa Zack's bustling kitchen, a team of talented chefs craft house-made pasta before dousing noodles in meat, marinara, alfredo, and clam sauces. This kitchen architects the eatery's "what," but the staff's "how" involves constant, family-friendly friendliness. The culinary experts give chicken the royal treatment, dressing it up in a variety of dishes, including marsala, piccata, parmigiana, and rollatini. Sandwiches and pizza in two crusts round out the Italian-centric menu. The catering leg of the business feeds multicourse meals for at least 10 people or 5 people saving half their meal for their fallout shelter.
At Sound Fitness, one can almost hear the calories sizzle. Ample rows of bikes, ellipticals, and other cardio equipment let guests build strong, healthy hearts without feeling pressured to give up their machines to other guests or movie cops needing to commandeer treadmills. To propel exercisers toward their goals, certified personal trainers plot custom workout plans and demonstrate how to build specific muscle groups with the free weights and strength-training machines. Babysitters corral pintsize visitors while their parents jog and pedal, and shower-lined locker rooms keep watch over clothes and gym bags to make sure they don't wander home.