As the owner of Phat Body Gym, John Mitchell has witnessed some pretty extreme physical transformations. One client, he says, lost 30 pounds in a single month, prompting friends and relatives to file one-quarter of a missing-persons report. Mitchell says the secret to keeping his clients motivated is variety. Whether in boot camps or one-on-one training sessions, he concocts unique combinations of exercises to help them reach their goals.
Students Should Bring: Great attitude
Average Class Length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Live-fire training takes place at an outdoor range, which accommodates handguns and rifles.
Free gun rental is available upon request.
Sheepdog Tactical Training, LLC's NRA-certified instructors?including an Army veteran and a retired Special Forces sergeant major?share their expertise in firearm safety and self-defense skills with an array of classes for all levels. At their facility, or other convenient locations for students, the teachers introduce or help build upon techniques for handling pistols, rifles, and shotguns. They cover subjects such as grip, trigger control, and advanced-fighting skills. To cater to varying comfort levels, they also administer private lessons and lead women's-only classes.
The expert instructors at Zion Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness believe that students can pursue the principles of fitness and sound personal defense at any age. Under the watchful eye of their gi-clad sensei, kids as young as five learn the underpinnings of Brazilian jiujitsu, building their self-confidence more effectively than replacing their glasses with a visor that reads "you're a champ!" on the inside. Older students often continue their study of jiujitsu, or expand their self-defense arsenals by branching off into kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Those just looking to shed a few pounds can enroll in the center's targeted training programs, which are dedicated to weight loss and body sculpting.
When Henry Harvey went to the University of Houston in 1975, he realized the dance moves he'd picked up at high school in Fort Worth were more valuable than he thought. In fact, he gave lessons to new people in the area who wanted to fit in on the dance floor. Years later, his wife decided they should start dancing together. "I went to dance class and found out they were doing the same things I was 10 years before," he said. Taking stock of his management abilities and previous dance experience, he realized he had the opportunity to be successful, so he brushed up his skills and founded High Steppers Dance Troupe LLC in 2007.
At locations throughout the area, Harvey and his team of instructors teach the hot urban Houston two-step, as well as swing-out dancing. The dances are set to cool urban R&B tunes and neo-soul grooves and help participants release the seductive strut or smooth swagger they've kept bottled up. Instead of duct taping themselves to a good dancer in the club and letting them do all the work, students can be confident in their ability to finally know what they're doing on the dance floor.
Harvey claims that his students, many of who are aged 40 and older, come not only for the improved skills that come from dancing for two hours, but also for the atmosphere, which he calls "very upbeat and very festive." His dance classes can also act as a stress reliever after a long day at work. "They get into dance class and they're rejuvenated," Harvey says.
In addition to dance lessons, the group takes charter buses on regional trips and hosts two to three showcases per year, where students regale audiences with a synchronized dance routine. At their social dances, a DJ spins tunes as students get the chance to put their lessons into practice and leave behind their days of doing the worm shyly on the dance-floor sidelines.
Sweat and weight loss is a common sight at Title Boxing Club. That’s because the club’s trainers lead an intense power hour session at the bags, teaching the jabs, roundhouse kicks, and hook punches that burn up to 1,000 calories per session. Their classes are divided into traditional boxing and kickboxing sessions, with each using the weight of the bag and a client’s own body weight to hone musculature. Classes begin with a 15-minute warm-up that prevents injuries and strains, then moving onto eight 3-minute rounds of jabs, hooks, and kicks, finishing with a 15-minute session of core and ab exercises. The classes change weekly, allowing clients to fit them easily into busy schedules without having to do strength-training while vacuuming a car’s interior.