Overseen by head instructor Delfina Perka, the experienced coaches at both Bayou City Fencing Academy locations teach fencers of all skill levels to lunge and parry like the swordsmen of old. A master fencer with the United States Fencing Association, Delfina hails from Poland and represented the country at the 1980 Olympic Games. Today, she grooms her students to strive for the same level of success, helping them improve quickness, endurance, and the mental agility required to remember victory speeches from The Three Musketeers.
Armed with various facilities, group classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, 24 Hour Fitness molds amorphous adobe muscles into rock-solid flesh houses. Each location boasts cardio equipment, free weights, a steam room, and group exercise classes so social gym junkies can motivate each other. Group cycling sessions burn calories and increase energy levels, and Latin dance-influenced Zumba classes present a fun, dynamic way to slim meat suits. Before breaking a sweat, check the online schedules for upcoming times.
What inspired you to open a group fitness studio?
As instructor who worked in a gym for several years, I encountered many people who maintained their membership strictly to attend one or two group classes. Thus, they were paying for equipment and programs that they did not utilize. Consequently, I saw a need for a studio that would offer people such as that—as well as the many that do not like the large gym setting—a place to take great fitness classes at a much lesser cost and more intimate environment.
Have you seen any of your students or gym members undergo an inspiring transformation? If so, tell us about it.
From a physical standpoint I have definitely seen weight decrease and strength increase in many clients. But a notable transformation I have witnessed is actually a more mental one. A specific client shared that attending GroupFit classes has "brought a new light into her life." She shared that she feels more confident and is more willing to socialize in groups. And weight was not the issue at all. In fact, she was possibly underweight when starting classes. But, as her physical strength grew, so did her self-confidence. Her husband also attends classes and she has noted that being able to go to classes together has brought new light to the family as a whole. Thus, the "family" feeling of GroupFit is also a positive element of the studio.
Certifications: ACE Personal Trainer, Zumba (Toning, Gold, and Zumbatomic), R.I.P.P.E.D., Piloxing, Pilates (Reformer and mat), PIYO, TRX Suspension Training
Favorite Workout: Currently, Piloxing
Favorite Athletic Shoe: Asics
Philosophy: In order to change your body, you have to change your workout.
Though husband-and-wife co-owners Ty and Missy Beasley are single-minded in their love of personal training, they took different paths to get there. As a soccer player in college, Ty Beasley would provide personal training as a side job to pay for school and sports supplies. He quickly realized how much fun he had in his sessions, and eventually decided to follow in his entrepreneur father's footsteps and open CORE Health & Fitness with Missy. Missy, meanwhile, began her journey in the nutrition realm. After becoming a registered dietitian, the former cheerleader fell into the world of personal training when she helped her sister, a brand-new mother, lose her baby weight and gain a new outlook on life. The experience was inspirational, and she soon decided to become a personal trainer.
Today, the two certified personal trainers lead private and group sessions that incorporate circuit workouts, cardio, strength training, and nutritional guidance to help individuals improve health and drop dress sizes. They also offer a coed outdoor boot camp that includes fitness assessments, diet coaching, and intense motivation, all with challenging workouts that take place five days a week.
As avid hunters, Chris and David Rhodes opened Spring Guns & Ammo to fulfill their practicing needs. They encourage customers to come in and talk shop, hang out, ask questions, or take a class that focuses on safety. Frequent visitors can also reap benefits such as unlimited range visits, discounts on products, and a membership program.
The best wine may be the wine that comes to you. More than 10 Texas wineries travel from around the state to showcase their classic vintages and adventurous house blends at the Texas Wine & Art Festival. Surrounded by the beauty of Historic Old Town Spring, winemakers guide visitors through tastings in which they fill cups with wines ranging from bold, dry reds to crisp, sweet whites?all of which are made with Texas grapes. They may also explain their processes, from high-tech, earth-friendly procedures to classic European methods in which grapes are gently massaged until they're ripe. Featured wines are also available for purchase by the bottle. Adding to the artistry of the event, artisan vendors will be on hand to sell gourmet foods, paintings, photography, and handmade wood crafts.