Crisscrossed with more than 100 boulder problems and 60 climbing routes at any one time, the 14,000 square feet of indoor climbing space at Dallas Rocks offers a challenging workout for everyone from expert climbers to those who have never seen a rock. Climbing walls reach up to 35 feet, and the “Big Tex” bouldering wall challenges experienced climbers with 120 linear feet of 70-degree overhang. Split down the middle between bouldering and route climbing, the climbing area is constantly being refreshed with new routes and problems, delighting members but rankling anyone who has to take the routes every morning on the way to work.
To accommodate fitness-seekers looking for variety in their workouts, the rock shop boasts a fitness center filled with free weights, heavy bags, stationary bikes, and exercise machines. Additionally, experienced personal trainers can help patrons plan a workout strategy designed specifically to enhance their rock climbing or skyscraper scaling.
The instructors at Twist Power Yoga are united by a common core of dedication that drove them all to earn 200-hour Yoga Alliance certifications. Those looking to top off their education wells need look no further than Twist's in-house Maha Shakti certification training. This shared thirst for knowledge creates a welcoming community for students and practitioners of power yoga, a brisk series of yoga postures performed in the muscle-loosening heat of an 82-degree room. In the course of an hour, instructors offer individual modifications to poses designed to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance without unnecessary strain on the joints. Special sessions cater to the unique needs of tweens and prenatal mothers, calming the stress of adolescent sibling rivalries or the nascent sibling rivalries of in-utero twins.
The sight of children playing with mounds of broken glass is not uncommon at Smashing Times studio. That’s because each shard of tile, china, or glass has been tumbled to remove any sharp edges before the young ones transform them into multicolored mosaics. All of the shards, arranged by type and color like pieces of a yet-to-be-discovered puzzle, present themselves for collages of all sorts, including interactive glass-fusing projects.
When not helping artists create their own silver jewelry, glass pendants, or mosaic mirrors, the artists at Smashing Times create custom installations. Ranging from massive exterior murals to miniature mosaic lamps, the projects adorn ordinary surfaces with pinpricks of color, stylized to create geometric patterns or a grove of deceptively inedible citrus trees and grapevines.