Though big cities tend to offer a lot of activities for residents, the sheer volume of options can sometimes make it overwhelming to find something fitting. For residents of Austin, the Austin Clan of Everything Social (ACES) makes it easy to find a good time no matter your speed, with social leagues at watering holes and bowling alleys throughout town. On any given night, participants might gather to blow away their highest ping-pong score or grab a mic during a karaoke battle to show off their high note that only dogs can hear. Over the course of a season, members make new friends, bolstering the ACES community while battling for glory with their teammates.
The instructors at Lonestar Dance Center for Performing Arts imbue kids, teens, and adults with the physical skills and grace necessary to dance competitively. By staying in constant competitive training themselves, the instructors are able to keep students up-to-date on modern techniques through classes such as Pom Dance, Ballroom Dance, and Choreography and Technique. Through adult dance and fitness programs, such as Zumba, they keep everyone in shape and encourage all dancers to participate in strength training to improve technique and performance. To take full advantage of the stage, the center also offers acting and music lessons.
A USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Training Center, Platinum Gymnastics Academy isn't afraid to push its young students. It does, however, make sure they're safe and having fun at the same time with age-appropriate classes designed to boost coordination and improve both physical and mental fitness. Recreational gymnastics classes allow kids ages 6 and older to learn stunts and techniques by working with real gymnastics apparatuses, such as the uneven bars, vaults, and trampolines. Preschool programs build gross motor skills and spatial awareness in walking toddlers as young as 18 months. These sessions use the same fitness equipment as their big-kid counterparts, just scaled-down and covered with Sesame Street stickers. Though not every student is required to follow the path to competition, students can also be trained in professional tumbling or on one of the center's two gymnastics teams.
Only a small number of kids who participate in gymnastics and cheerleading will go on to perform at a competitive or crime-fighting level. But All Stars Unlimited owner Nicole Ramirez believes the sport can be a positive experience for everyone, no matter how serious or long their commitment. In classes for everyone from 4-year-olds to adults, the gym helps students explore the fun of tumbling, gymnastics, and cheer. Those who want to dive into the sports' competitive side will also find at outlet at All Stars Unlimited. The gymnastics, show-cheer, and competitive-cheer teams travel to meets to show their stuff to fellow athletes.
Boxing seems to be in Coach Xavier Cepeda?s blood. His grandfather was an amateur boxer and boxing journalist in Mexico, who encouraged Xavier to start training in the sport as a teenager. Xavier spent years training in Mexico, New Mexico, Cuba, and Texas before opening his own Christian-based boxing gym to teach children and adults of all fitness abilities how to throw a proper punch. During hour-long classes, students learn offensive and defensive techniques, which serve them well in competition and are a solid base for self-defense. Classes also benefit individuals looking to lose weight, gain muscle, and develop a healthy aggression toward punching bags.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old to 12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities. Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine .