At a time when most kids were learning to spell with the letters in their alphabet soup, Mark and Missy Seyler were learning gymnastics. What began as a fun extracurricular activity turned into a successful college career for both Mark and Missy at the University of Oklahoma, which led the siblings into the teaching profession. Their academy resembles an Olympic training facility with wall-to-wall mats and rows of gymnastics training equipment, such as balance beams and uneven bars. The center's in-ground trampolines, play mountains, and foam pits also help youngsters discover the fun in physical fitness. Mark and Missy lead an extensive gymnastics curriculum in classes for boys and girls, and students can attend the academy as soon as they enter preschool or learn to recite the alphabet backward. In addition to their standard classes, Mark and Missy lead regular events such as camps, Friday Nights Out, and birthday parties. As their skills progress, students can pit themselves against their peers in Southlake’s competitive programs.
Inside the climate-controlled environs of his 8,500-square-foot training center, Jeff Isler heads a team of teaching professionals that helps students of all ability levels shave strokes off their scores. Each lesson illustrates the importance of the game's fundamentals, such as grip, ball position, and posture. Players absorb these principles through customized drills, practice, and a steady diet of putting-green grass. Novices learn to build an efficient, repeatable swing, and seasoned veterans see what bad habits might be holding them back, such as an overly steep downswing. The teaching team also employs a number of different technologies to assist with the instruction process, with the TrackMan launch monitor and K-Vest training system treating students to further analysis of their techniques.
Since age 3, Dana Bailey has been twirling to her own beat, progressing from childhood cha-chas to appearances in promotions for Pepsi and JC Penney. After studying under instructors in California and New York City, Dana now offers pintsize patrons the same opportunity to get a head start in the performing arts with child and teen dance classes. She enlists working industry pros to wrangle kids as young as 2.5 in tap, ballet, and tumbling classes atop pliable wood and marley floors.
The boys' tap, jazz, and hip-hop classes accommodate a demographic often overlooked by the dance industry and prepare a studio team for local and national performances. Instructors regularly glean pointers from top national choreographers to craft classes such as Teen Hip Hop, which equips students with basic moves and combos that, much like the prom held outside the Grammys, are set to a soundtrack of current hits.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Co-owners Jana Holland and Julie Parsons believe that yoga's benefits can reach anyone willing to try the art. After several hundred hours of training, they opened Divine Center of Yoga as a springboard for a diverse student base, hoping to bring guests of all backgrounds together with classes on several posing styles. Their emphasis on acceptance is apparent in their teaching etiquette: they provide modified stretches for all skill levels and accommodate visitors with chronic ailments or injuries. The wheelchair-accessible studio also offers private lessons for pupils stuck in Celtic knot pose.
Having shared his fitness expertise on Good Morning Texas and in his book, Living Lean, health expert Larry North offers a boutique gym that gives fitness-fitters an alternative to traditional workout facilities within a welcoming, low-key atmosphere. Redeem this Groupon for two one-on-one training sessions with an experienced fitness professional who will tailor workouts to your specific needs. You'll also get a month of unlimited access to the gym and enough fitness classes to exercise to your biceps' content (Southlake schedule here). Meditate away the day's drudgeries with a yoga class, or get the blood pumping with the kickboxing circuit class, which includes jump roping, hand weights, and hitting punching bags that electronically shout Shakespeare sonnets as motivation. Aesthetically appealing spaces encourage customers to relax their minds as they tighten their gluteals.