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.
A kaleidoscope of colors and patterns bewilders shoppers as they enter either of Quilter’s Stash's two locations. Some confused patrons report having found the end of the rainbow, but they are really seeing more than 15,000 bolts of 100% cotton fabrics by Marcus, Henry Glass, and other top designers. Staff members wait at attention to direct customers to the latest threads and patterns, and a few on-hand wizards can resuscitate a range of sewing machines from different brands. The crafty gurus are also enthusiastic about leading quilting and sewing classes that cater to students of all levels, and the shop's shelves are stocked with how-to books that facilitate at-home learning.
Though copying someone else's work may get you banned from the bar exam, at Texas U Can Paint, it's standard procedure. During classes for children and adults, budding artists don provided smocks, wield an arsenal of paints and brushes, and go to town copying the day's reference material—which could be an animal, a flower, a landscape, or a famous painting. Sessions range from BYOB painting classes to children-only events where kids can dip brushes into jars of finger paints and magically transform into adults.
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.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
At For Those about to Rock School we offer guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocal lessons, but we don't teach the traditional way. We have our students tell us which songs that they would like to learn and we begin by teaching simplified parts of those songs.