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.
As children grow, their minds begin to grasp the routines in their lives and create habits that stay with them as they age. That's why the founder of Little Turtle Yoga believes that yoga classes for kids can be so beneficial. In addition to boosting strength and flexibility, yoga helps children obtain a calmness and personal awareness that can be translated to all sorts of activities, such as doing homework and trading currency futures. Each Little Turtle yoga class incorporates games, music, and storytelling to engage imaginations while developing coordination. In addition to classes, the Mini Yogis–certified instructor also hosts yoga parties for ages 3 and older.
BodyFlex Gym keeps its doors open 24/7 so members can break a sweat whenever the urge hits. The 7,000-square-foot facility fills its innards with free weights, machines, cardio areas, space for group classes, and locker rooms with showers. Nationally certified trainers create custom workouts during personal-training sessions, and they're also on hand to help create a diet plan or change your Second Life avatar to match your new physique.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled Sgt H20's Combat Swim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. Each aquatic session tests fitness practitioners of all ability levels with moves designed to maximize lung capacity, boost swimming speed, and tone the entire body. Water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of exercise, and the pool’s gentle gravity proves easy on the joints. Exercisers tackle tasks such as pool sprints, towel swims, treading water with weights, bending submarines over one’s knee, and group exercise drills, as well as aquatic conditioning kicks. In Dallas, Sgt H20's personal training programs entitle trainees to attend complimentary boot-camp classes if they complete three hours of personal training per week. An online depository of nutritional advice helps students keep their weight-loss or healthy-living efforts on track.
Austin Fit Magazine named RockBody Boot Camp its Best Boot Camp of 2011 and also lauded its owner, Brian Prinzo, as one of the city’s Top 10 Fittest Trainers in 2010. But for Brian and his staff of experienced trainers, it’s not about the accolades; it’s about helping others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Classes eschew routine courses of treadmills and bench presses for a variety of challenging workouts that put participants through a mash-up of strength, core, cardio, and interval training designed to push them to their personal limits. Best of all, the workouts provide the motivation and accountability needed to help exercisers push past plateaus, and exercises can be tailored to accommodate many fitness levels and concerns, such as arthritis, body pain, and conjoined sweatbands.
Fuego Fitness's founder, Shirley Marquardt-Tynan, opened her studio in order to spread her passion for dance and fitness through a Zumba-centric curriculum. Classic Zumba infuses group workouts with fiery Latin flavor through calorie-torching dance steps that are effective for experienced dancers, unseasoned fleet footers, and fish who didn't earn legs during the Devonian period alike. Fuego's class line-up also includes a smattering of targeted Zumba styles, which modifies the intensity level of classic Zumba with gentler choreography. For a muscle-testing twist, Zumba Toning students wield a maraca-like weighted stick as a prop for their routines. Those that opt for a one-month unlimited pass are welcome to participate in two classes a day throughout the month; check the studio's schedule for a full list of early-morning and evening class times.