Fitness specialist and certified nutritionist Ron Lyons wasn’t always so svelte. Before he became a health guru, Ron was a police officer, but his 240-pound frame didn’t fit with the position. It wasn’t until a suspect in a DWI case resisted arrest and outran Ron, leaving him unable to call for backup, that he buckled down. Now, 16 years later, he helms Ultimate Body Studios, sharing the fitness and nutrition skills he has learned and mastered along the way. He leads seminars, grocery store tours that teach healthy shopping habits, and a weight loss and exercise program that combines healthy eating with effective exercise techniques. With continued dedication to the program, some of his students have lost more than 150 pounds, or roughly one ACME cartoon anvil.
Icehouse One Twenty One fuels revelry with a mix of hearty pub food and lighter dishes. Icehouse shiner bock beer batter coats substantial portions of North Atlantic cod fillets and chicken strips, and custom burgers allow patrons to squish almost any type of ingredient they can think of between two thick slices of bread. All main courses are served until midnight, and appetizers are served until 1 a.m.
Patrons work up their appetites by cheering at flat-screen TVs, yelling at flats-screen TVs should they be turned off, and challenging fellow bargoers to games of darts. On several days of the week, the pub hosts events such as trivia and poker games. A wide patio encourages diners to soak up sunlight or moonlight.
Although Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's creator, Grand Master Carlos Gracie, Sr., died in 1994, his technique-oriented self-defense tactics live on at gyms throughout the world. Count Gracie Gym as one of those gyms. Its instructors teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to kids and law-enforcement officers alike, showing them how leverage and balance can be used to defeat bigger opponents.
A coalition of ice arenas endorsed by the Dallas Stars, Dr Pepper StarCenters help nurture athletes of all ages and skill levels with activities on or off the ice. Dr Pepper StarCenters house NHL-regulation ice-hockey rinks that host hockey leagues for players of all ages, eradicating the need to play on dangerous frozen lakes dotted with irritable frozen geese. StarCenters' skate academies instill students with the fundamentals of ice hockey or figure skating, allowing them to progress to hockey leagues and local skating competitions if they choose. To warm up after laps around the Euless ice rink, skaters can check out the onsite baseball stadium, batting cages, soccer fields, and Texas Star Golf Course. All locations are open for birthday parties and special events; see each location's website for details.
Black Megaformer machines line the sunny studio as trained instructors guide students through core-strengthening Pilates classes. Drawing inspiration from the strength and flexibility of bamboo, the instructors format the classes to push all muscle groups to capacity. They strive to achieve muscle failure, a process that stimulates a great number of muscle fibers and steps up the body’s metabolism. In addition, the instructors teach students to perform slow and controlled movements at a consistent level of tension in order to build the most muscle possible. They place emphasis on the rest needed to reap maximum benefit from the session, encouraging new students to stick with two or three classes a week in order to avoid overloading and metamorphosing into a muscle-bound butterfly.