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Equipment: Barbells, kettlebells, pull-up bar, squat rack, medicine ball, rower.

Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, running shoes.

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5

Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes

Established: 2012

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

CrossFit Urban Jungle offers a personalized workout in a group setting. Each workout consists of exercises that are easily tailored by adjusting the weights, intensity, and reps to equally challenge everyone, whether new to fitness or a seasoned athlete. The CrossFit trainers prepare members with detailed instructions on proper form before anyone performs a deadlift or swings a kettlebell. And they stay nearby while members climb ropes or tie them into granny knots. Other CrossFit-centric equipment includes gymnastics rings, plyometric boxes, rowing machines, and weighted medicine balls.

4101 E. Park Blvd Ste 100
Plano,
TX
US

With dance classes available for kids as young as two, Edge Dance & Performing Arts aims to instill its peanut protégés with self-confidence at an early age. The center's team of instructors follows the lead of director Elizabeth DeRusha, a mother of two who started dancing at age two and now shares her passion by training children and adults of all skill levels. Together, Elizabeth and her team guide youngsters through various forms of dance, including ballet, hip-hop, tap, and jazz, and organize seasonal theater productions, as well.

4101 East Park Boulevard
Plano,
TX
US

Practice makes perfect and perfection is the goal of Centerfield Baseball & Softball Academy's staff. The roster of experienced instructors includes members with playing and coaching experience at the collegiate and Major League levels. During private lessons, these instructors share their insight and help players refine fundamental hitting or pitching techniques. Larger clinics allow the staff to work with groups and create well-rounded baseball and softball athletes.

These lessons can take place in the academy's 15,000-square-foot climate-controlled facility, which also allows players to refine their game on their own. Its four Iron Mike pitching machines are capable of slinging fastballs or water balloons at speeds from 40 to 70 miles per hour, and six of its eight open cages feature mounds, which help pitchers dig in while they practice delivering the heat.

1805 E Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano,
TX
US

Both veterans of the full-contact karate circuit, coaches Bill Flowers and Jerry Byers sought to impart the hard-won lessons of their fighting days to new generations seeking discipline and self-defense skills. So in 2006, they combined their expertise, creating the KO 101© Martial Arts & Boxing Gym as a doorway into their lifelong passion.

Coach Flowers holds belts in three forms of karate and 12 championship titles, achievements complemented by coach Byers' belt rankings in seven different martial-arts styles, including black belts in three schools of tae kwon do. In their gym, students train for both personal enjoyment and healthy competition, ultimately taking to the ring to spar against one another once the punching bags have run out of lunch money.

1409 Shiloh Rd, Ste 100
Plano,
TX
US

Cavities: Portrait of an Enamel Assassin

One primary purpose of a dental appointment is checking for cavities. To learn exactly how they form, read on.

Cavities?also known as dental caries or simply tooth decay?form as the direct result of two interplaying factors: food and bacteria. As soon as 20 minutes after a meal, more than 500 types of bacteria begin to feast on any refined sugar or starch they can find, producing a potent acid as a byproduct. Tooth enamel is considered the hardest substance in the human body, but if left alone for extended periods, this acid can easily bore its way past the enamel and into the inner layers of the tooth, which house nerves, blood vessels, and minerals worth approximately 25 cents on the fairies' black market. Cavities can be difficult to notice in time?many don?t exhibit pain in the early stages of development, and they often occur in hard-to-clean spots, such as the small crevices on the top of molars. What's more, unlike a child's missing tooth, enamel doesn't grow back. Once it's gone, it's gone forever.

In a study conducted in Warwickshire, England, fossilized records showed that only 8% of people living in the Iron Age experienced tooth decay?a stark contrast to today?s 48%. Granted, blacksmiths might have been able to forge strong toothpicks, but there's a larger culprit to blame: the influx of carbohydrates, sugars, and processed foods that became more common in later humans' diets. To counter the increase in oral ailments, dentistry evolved from a field that relied solely on bare-knuckle boxing matches to one that delicately treats decay as it appears, most often by removing the acid-eaten portions of the tooth and rebuilding the structure with a cement filling or crown. As always, however, the best offense is a good defense?dentists recommend brushing daily and visiting the office twice a year to prevent cavities from even forming.

Unknown
Plano,
TX
US

Albert Jernigan holds black belts in two disciplines of tae kwon do, a testament to his three decades' experience in martial arts. At his Jernigan’s School of Martial Arts and Self-Defense, Albert puts this knowledge to work, teaching students as young as 6. His programs for men, women, and children encompass the principles of tae kwon do, tai chi, jujitsu, and kickboxing. He also caters to senior citizens, specializing in exercises that alleviate the discomforts of arthritis.

3528 14th Street
Plano,
TX
US