Certified and registered yoga instructor Foi M. first turned to yoga as a way to slough off excess pounds. She enjoyed the physical and mental benefits of yoga so much that she signed up for teacher training, and after girding her muscle memory with the healing asanas, she began Umoja Yoga, a serene Vinyasa-focused practice housed in Jerome's Gym in Richardson.
Umoja means unity in Swahili, and Foi's classes aim to unite physical fitness with mental clarity and peace. A full calendar of daily classes offers everything from Power Yoga Flow—an intense, detoxifying session complete with linked breathing techniques—to Yoga Lunch Basics, a Vinyasa-style class where students can learn poses and improve flexibility and core strength during their lunch hour.
Owner and educator Rashida Hobbs has always had a passion for music and dance, leading her to open Pole'iticians Fitness Studio, where she and a troupe of certified instructors create a supportive setting for ladies to build strength through sensual dance classes and workshops. Invented by Hobbs, Floormotion classes, also known as Sensual Dance, focus on the art of erotic movements, building on the principles of cardio striptease to transform students' regular dance moves into sexy shimmies. Pole-dance classes impart students of all skill levels with erotic moves to add to their exotic bag of tricks, enhancing the quality of future routines performed for a significant other, in front of the mirror, or during awkward silences in idle conversations. The Pole'iticians team also leads a breadth of Zumba, dance, and yoga classes, and opens the spacious studio for private parties and special events.
At Texas Boot Camp, the enemy is predictability. Three days a week, your instructors will throw down a fresh guerilla-ambush worth of challenges for your muscles and your brain, fueling constant gains and keeping you engaged. Over the course of the session, you'll run, jump, lift weights, slam out push-ups and chin-ups, chase chickens, punch slabs of beef, and end with a live-crocodile wrestle. In the heat of your workout, you'll sweat out weakness, fear, and monosodium glutamate while beginning to gain the functional, unsurpassed strength of a body in fluid, powerful motion.
It's probably a good idea to stay on Lex Ronin's good side. The trainer, bodybuilding coach, and marathoner is also a hand-to-hand combat instructor, krav maga instructor, and certified Texas Tactical SWAT medic with a six-year Army career behind him. Lex is a meditation, pranayama (yoga breathing), and gentle-yoga instructor, too?all the more reason to remain in his good graces. Exercisers looking for guidance can find it at Ronin Fitness, where Lex offers personal-training sessions, group classes, beginners' marathon training, and nutritional counseling.
Ohana Warrior may offer classes by veterans of high-level martial arts organizations such as K-1 kickboxing and King of the Cage, but the gym also strives to maintain a fun and unpretentious atmosphere as well as a strong connection to Filipino culture. Inside the 4,000-square-foot space, instructors lead classes in muay thai, including muay thai fundamentals, muay thai for beginners, and muay thai for kids. For students seeking to round out their mixed-martial-arts knowledge, Ohana Warrior also hosts Brazilian jujitsu sessions.