TransforME assists burgeoning body sculptors in obtaining or maintaining their ideal physique and fitness level with calorie-busting classes and motivational support. The Body by Frances indoor boot-camp classes keep clients energized and entertained with up to three classes per week, combining intensive training techniques with nutritional coaching to bolster individuals' endurance, muscular strength, and resistance to sweet-talking cakes. Though each day utilizes a different workout regime, classes typically feature calisthenics, agility and power drills, static and rhythmic stretching, and resistance training. Each boot-camp classmate receives before and after body measurements, body-fat testing, and informative daily motivational emails to help them stay on task and achieve long-term goals.
Led by the school's instructors, the staff at My Dojo knows that it takes more than just classes to help clients get in shape. While their classes, including kickboxing and karate, certainly kicks things into gear, proper nutrition fuels and facilitates further bodily change. That's why the instructors help clients by doling out nutritional tips in class and fields personal questions during one-on-one sessions. My Dojo offers a varied roster of classes at their multiple locations, classes that help students with their physical and emotional well-being. Classes include karate for kids, karate for adults, kickboxing, yoga, afterschool martial arts, and personal training,
Inside the 1,667-square-foot, multilevel house-turned-yoga-studio, certified instructors bring their own practices and interpretations of several yoga styles to classes for students of all skill sets. During by-demand introductory courses, teachers help students design customized practices that cater to their bodies' needs. Other group classes focus on particular disciplines, such as kundalini yoga, a combination of low-impact aerobic activity and breathing exercises that burn calories and detoxify bodies; and flow yoga, which incorporates positions that increase flexibility and tone muscles. Instructors also guide students through poses during private sessions and workshops, which include occasional retreats and a forthcoming trip to India.
Along with yoga, the healing and learning center's personnel keep visitors healthy with services such as reiki, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, and astrology. More health and beauty enhancers are stocked in Yoga Lola Studios' storefront, including organic cosmetics, aromatherapy oils, and tonic herbs from Dragon Herbs, which are often used by dragons to recuperate from knight attacks.
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At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Ballet, jazz, hip-hop
Pro Tip: The owner is available to assist with class selection. Call or e-mail to set up a free appointment.
Q&A with Dominique, Owner of Harbour Dance
Tell us about your business.
Harbour Dance school is a dance studio that focuses on formal and recreational training in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, dance tumbling, drill team, and college prep for ages 2 to 18. The studio also offers dance-fitness classes and technique classes for adults of any age. The studio is open to all skills levels and has open enrollment all year long.
What inspired you to start this business?
Dance is my life, and I love sharing it with others. I couldn't imagine a day without it, and I really do feel it can bring out the best in people. It has always been an outlet for me, a way of expressing myself, a way to unwind. I love watching my students grow with confidence and turn into beautiful dancers.
What makes your business stand out?
We have professionally designed dance studios with specialty sprung dance floors that . . . greatly alleviate stress on the joints and help in injury prevention. Our teachers are professionally trained and all have college degrees. All teachers are also cross-trained in kinesiology and anatomy, and follow a curriculum that creates beautifully technical dancers without straining their bodies.
What is your most popular offering?
Ballet: almost every little girl wants to be a ballerina someday. It also is the most basic and important form in dance training. At Harbour Dance, ballet is the structure which all [of] our other classes follow. Hip-hop: this is the latest hit in the dance world. Dancers everywhere are breaking out of their shell and letting themselves loose in hip-hop class. We offer upbeat, physically active, and funky fun in the hip-hop classes at our studio.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
People love the size of our dance rooms. Our smaller room—primarily for preschoolers and the youngest dancers—is 700 square feet, and our main studio—where most of our classes are held—is a whopping 1,500 square feet, perfect for endless leaps across the floor.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
The best part of my job is watching a student struggle with a skill, practice tirelessly for weeks over it, then see that look on their face when they finally master it. They are so proud of themselves, and I couldn't be happier for them.