The instructors at P31 Fitness aim to echo the sentiment of Proverbs 31, which speaks to the empowerment of women through hard work. To that end, they seemingly never run out of ways to make their students sweat. To combat the monotony of repetitive workouts, they rotate their boot-camp-style workouts, preventing boredom while staving off unproductive muscle memory. In addition to changing exercises, the team also arms ladies in their fight for personal wellness with daily health and nutrition tips, as well as cooldown time devoted to reflection on one's own spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health.
When Rachel Curtis set up her first boot camp, she was expecting a handful of women to attend. When more than 100 showed up, Rachel knew she was onto something. Along with her husband, Braughn, she designed P31 Fitness, a four-week boot-camp program designed to physically, mentally, and spiritually strengthen women of all shapes and sizes.
A chandelier decked out with glass teardrops hangs over slate floors and eclectic decorations inside Sole'renity's historic building, which dates back more than a century. Zebra-striped Victorian-style chairs stand in the waiting area, where the splash of cascading water sounds out from small stone fountains. At nail stations farther inside, techs polish nails and provide paraffin-wax soaks for the toes of clients seated in damask chairs. Massages soothe muscles with hot stones and essential oils, and facials refresh visages by clearing acne, renewing aging skin, and removing expressions stuck on the face after last night's nightmares.
Glen, owner of Warrior Training Ground, has been studying the human body for more than 15 years. When he graduated from the University of North Texas in 1997 with a degree in kinesiology, he already possessed three personal-trainer certifications. Unsatisfied with his extensive expertise, Glen went on to acquire licenses as a master-level Resistance Training Specialist and muscle-activation-techniques specialist. During a conversation with a friend on a rifle range, he realized that he wanted to prepare people for the worst the world could throw at them, and—according to his resume—he already had the tools do so.
Warrior Training Ground was born out of this steely objective. Both basic training and combat-ready courses meet outside weekly, no matter the weather. Glen bombards his students with heavy-duty workouts that test the limits of strength, agility, and mental and physical endurance. Exercisers heft kettlebells and flip tires, with Glen constantly emphasizing proper form and properly enraged facial expressions. His training builds not only muscle, but self-confidence and “a combat ready iron resolve,” as he fondly puts it.
CrossFit McKinney's owner, Jeff Sawyer—a USA Nationals Olympic Weightlifting Championship placer and Machado black belt—first heard of the CrossFit workout while teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2005. Skeptical as to whether the regimen, which focuses on moving heavy loads over long distances quickly, was more than a passing fad, he decided to investigate for himself and witnessed first-hand the workout's effectiveness in teaching people how to perform Olympic lifts. Sawyer was finally sold and decided to incorporate CrossFit into his own gym with the help of one of his former students, Eleonora Zalo, a five-time Croatian weightlifting champion and former coach of UFC fighter Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic, and CrossFit-certified instructor Josh Esparza. Together, they lead CrossFit classes, as well as non-contact muay thai kickboxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes for kids and adults. The facility also offers ice-hockey conditioning](http://gr.pn/H49Nz4) and onsite childcare so guests can exercise without needing to find a babysitter or pay the dog to watch the kids.:m]]
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Sometimes our dreams are within reach, but more often, those dreams are on the highest of high shelves, beside the BB gun and the cupcakes. Reach that shelf with today's Groupon to stretch your muscles and muscle your stretches into a stretch of intense muscular moves. For $38, you'll get 10 consecutive days of unlimited yoga plus a four-class package to get you even more yoga action at one of two Austin Sunstone Yoga locations, a value of up to $82. This is the perfect opportunity to test out Sunstone Yoga without signing a contract with a quill filled with indelible maple syrup ink.
Nicole Shaw and Brandon Hartsell opened the studio in an effort to create a consistent, reliable stretching space for students of all skill sets as well as a yoga program that combines hot yoga with regular yoga in a delicious yoga stew. Instructors are required to complete more than 500 hours of yoga schooling—including training in anatomy, philosophy, ethics, lifestyle, and technique—before getting the green light to lead lessons wearing a cape and holding a yoga whip.
Beginner-friendly health and vitality is a 90-minute course that will help you perfect 34 postures in a climate-controlled studio. At the beginning of the year, try a class in the Intro Series, meant to remove your yoga fear by helping those who are intimidated understand the practice. Yoga veterans can challenge themselves to the stamina and strength class, which helps hone movement and breath, and move at a more vigorous pace. View a list of all courses here, with specifics regarding temperature, humidity, duration, skill level, and ghost likelihood. Redeem your voucher at either the Triangle or North Hills Center location (see locations by scrolling down to the bottom of this page).
Testimonials praise Sunstone Yoga for aiding in weight loss and pain removal:
- After about 6 months he told me my posture was better, the sway in my back had diminished and that my overall health had improved. – Charles Opheim
- I like to practice yoga at the end of the day because it helps me to integrate, accept and release. Yoga is about strength, balance, focus, self control and clarity. – Ed Rankin
- Not only has yoga shaped my appearance, it has been instrumental in shaping my heart and soul. – Rachel Davidson