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.
Texas Boot Camp Fitness's certified trainers fortify physiques with an ever-shifting compendium of exercises performed in an outdoor setting. Attendees of all fitness levels sprint and jump toward fitness goals, lifting their own body weight when performing pushups, chin-ups, and acts of levitation. Arms hoist weights, resistance bands stretch between partners, and friendly competitions reveal hidden stores of stamina and strength. Pushing beyond pure leadership of boot-camp classes, instructors supplement workouts with nutritional guidance and lifestyle advice. In the interest of safe and easy mirroring, coaches emphasize clean technique rather than speed or the benefits of cloning.
Like so many others before her, Heather Craig found relief from her problems in exercise. After surviving a near-fatal bout with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome in her mid-20s, Heather found herself plagued by a lack of motivation and energy. By her early 30s, she knew something had to change. She forced herself to visit a gym, and soon she discovered Pilates. The impact it had on both her physical and mental well-being was immeasurable.
Now a Peak-certified Pilates instructor, Heather leads private lessons inside her cozy home studio. Thanks to her past, Heather has no problem relating to her clients and their diverse range of goals—she has to fight every day, too, to stay fit and motivated. So she’s created a space to do just that, complete with spots for mat work and a Pilates reformer. During sessions, Heather provides hands-on instruction, making sure to move at a comfortable pace and emphasize proper form with every exercise.
When Spencer Conklin's knee pain threatened to end his running career, he didn't stop. He just learned to run smarter. Spencer studied the POSE method of running, which uses an expert's eye and video feedback to help runners analyze their stride, correct inefficiencies, and ultimately run faster and healthier. His knee pain banished, Spencer knew he had to share his methodology with as many fellow runners as possible. So, he started Free to Run, where he teaches a combination of small-group classes and private lessons to teach feet the right way to run.
Though it's only been open for a short time, Massage + Yoga Center already has an impressive resumé—its chief massage therapist, Summer Greenlees, was voted Austin's Best Massage Therapist in 2011 for her prenatal massages. Greenlees, along with her staff, present a bevy of modalities in the form of trigger point, shiatsu, and a unique house treatment combining a massage and yoga. Their specialty, Ashiatsu Barefoot massage, blends therapeutic, deep-tissue, and relaxation massage treatments into a tension-blasting session customized for each client and whatever knots may be lurking in their musculature. Continuing with its theme of relaxation, the staff offers a variety of yoga classes, from beginner to prenatal. These yoga workouts encourage stress reduction, and their stretching facet helps clients render their limbs as malleable as a chewed stick of gum.