When dance class commences at Move Dance and Fitness Studio, kids aren't the only ones expected to get moving. There's a fitness room located just beyond the studio's viewing windows with a modest collection of ellipticals and treadmills awaiting parents, who can work out for free while their kids are in class. They can even commission a personal trainer (for an additional fee) to help create a customized workout or send the treadmill to bed without dinner if it's pushing everybody too hard. This fitness room exemplifies Move's commitment to keeping the community fit and in motion, no matter the method. Of course, the studio's main draw is dance classes for kids, which range from ballet and jazz to hip-hop and tap.
But the dance classes represent just half of what the studio has to offer. It also holds dance-inspired fitness classes. For example, at Soma Forma barre classes students lean on the ballet barre as they perform small isometric movements designed to sculpt muscles that rival a ballerina's.
Hosting classes within a two-story home, Yoga on the Brazos’ staff of instructors help students improve their physical and mental health. The instructors lead a schedule of classes in various yoga styles for all skill levels, dedicating time during each session to helping pupils modulate their thought and inhalations with focused breathing exercises and meditation. During all-level Vinyasa classes, instructors promote athletic well-being with a flowing series of poses, which uses channeled breaths to link each movement more naturally than a semaphore ellipsis. During Hatha sessions, students practice sustained postures, and the instructors offer modifications throughout so attendees can safely challenge themselves by pushing stretches further. During Sivananda yoga classes, students learn how to relax their minds by taking fully developed breaths and performing a sequence of stable Hatha asanas. The studio helps to prepare attendees for practice by renting out yoga mats ($1) and translating their names into Sanskrit.
Karen Mones's passion for fitness began at a young age, exercising to Jane Fonda videos with her mother. She went on to play softball, earn her bachelor's in exercise and sports science, and obtain six instructor certifications in everything from yoga to strength training. She founded Houston Adventure Boot Camp to share her knowledge and passion for fitness with as many people as possible.
She and her trainers create different regimens each day, taking advantage of the city's natural spaces and natural forces to enhance their workouts. They challenge gravity by having students lift their own bodyweight or free weights. Students plow through the heaviest friction the air can throw at them in sprints, and they hold up under constant pressure from the sun to nap in the middle of a field.
After obtaining three fitness certifications and training for years at the YMCA and LA Fitness, Kathie decided it was time to open up her own studio. So, in 2008, the fitness expert welcomed health seekers into Body Designer Fitness Studio, where today she continues to help everyone—from athletes to quadriplegics—work up a sweat. Hourlong boot-camp classes held four times per week put every muscle to work with high-intensity cardio and resistance-training exercises, supplemented by nutritional tips such as fat-loss meal plans and how to eat cake while running. Kathie also enlists the Theraplex unit in her studio, allowing clients to recline and absorb the system's passive motions that quell stress, improve sleep patterns and mood, and aid in cardio training and weight loss.