Do you want to take part in the new fitness craze that is sweeping the nation? SGT. H2O’s Aquatic Boot Camp will get you in the BEST shape of your life. This program is designed based on the exact training deep sea divers in the military go through but customized for civilians.
CrossFit Duck Creek’s coaches design workouts that include varied functional exercises steeped in the best parts of gymnastics, strength training, and Olympic lifting principles. Though the workouts change constantly, exercises may regularly include body weight movements and variations on moves such as squats, presses, and Olympic lifts such as the clean and jerk. Classes maintain a high coach to athlete ratio, and often tackle official CrossFit Workouts of the Day such as the "Helen," which includes sets of running, kettlebell swings, and pull-ups.
Thomas Volmer credits his wife, Rachel, for inspiring them to start helming boot camps. She wasn’t always a fitness guru, though. "She was a commercial banker and she was 70 pounds overweight," Volmer recalls. Once she started to reclaim her life, "she just fell in love with fitness," he says. She eventually dropped 80 pounds with proper exercise and nutrition, spurring her to earn her AFAA personal training certification and pursue a career as a full-time trainer.
Personal experience lends Rachel and the other trainers—including Sharon Monk, who lost more than 200 pounds by exercising and eating healthily—empathy and a motivating demeanor when working with campers. At each location, they get groups doing pushups, swinging kettlebells, and flipping tires in a positive environment that's focused on teamwork, rather than competition. "You start as a group, you finish as a group," says Thomas. "But the activities that you do in between might be different based on your abilities."
In addition to leading sessions, Rachel creates easy-to-use online meal plans (including a vegetarian plan), which campers can customize to help them stay on track. Options range from the simple, such as cereal with fruits, nuts, and flaxseeds, to the creative, including honey-sweetened oatmeal peanut-butter cookies. She also includes the calorie count for each recipe. Users can pick from simple meals made for one person or larger entrees designed with an entire family or pet elephant in mind.
As the sun sets over The Mat Yoga Studio, practitioners can step inside to the new, spacious studio where they can enjoy the renowned Karma Yoga Happy Hour, a free quarterly event open to the entire community features a live DJ spinning a yoga-friendly playlist on his mixing board. Each happy hour brings newcomers and seasoned vets together, with a local teacher leading lessons and a donated spread of food and wine building community camaraderie.
Outside the happy hours, the studio continues the good vibrations with classes held seven days a week, a dedication to tranquility which earned it a mention from The Richardson Award Program’s Best of Richardson in 2012. Typically open to all skill levels, some sessions focus on the graceful sequences of Vinyasa Flow; others center on deep stretching or meditation, which clears the mind more safely than holding a vacuum cleaner up to your ear. Dedicated practitioners can further hone their craft in Advanced Yoga Studies sessions, which together comprise a full, 200-hour yoga teacher training course.
Pole'iticians Fitness &Dance Studio is an alternative workout studio that explores, develops, and integrates the body, mind, soul, and spirit of women through sexy and sensual workouts. This is developed through the numerous pole tricks, sensual dance, and other workouts that stretch, tone, and sculpt the body.
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.