For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
Whether you want to tone up in boot camp, bulk up with weight training, or finally reposition that ornamental statue, Troy Lawrence of Techniques to Physiques can help. Troy has provided one-on-one pro-athletic conditioning to individuals of all ages for more than 15 years, and is certified by the National Federation of Professional Trainers. He draws on that expertise while demonstrating how to properly lift weights and devising plans to help clients achieve their desired level of fitness. And, as an added convenience, Troy can transport his routines to his trainees' homes if they have the necessary workout equipment.
In 1968, a Texan delegate named O.T. Baker traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a spirited celebration of folk traditions from across the globe. Upon his return to San Antonio, he decided he had to recreate the multicultural magic in his own great state. Fortuitously built as part of the 1968 World’s Fair, the Institute of Texan Cultures hosted the first annual Texas Folklife Festival in 1972 in HemisFair Park. More than 40 years later, the festival is still going strong, celebrating an ever-expanding roster of dozens of distinct cultures and traditions through cuisine, crafts, and live performances. The latter range across multiple stages and through the crowds with acts from storytelling and music to traditional dances and traditional complaints that every other culture's mom serves better snacks.
Planet Fitness's massive, brightly colored edifices teem with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. After an intense muscle pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.